Split Pea Soup-in Your Instant Pot

January 10, 2017

I’m very fond of my instant pot. I am always talking about how it cooks things that used to take hours in the crockpot in minutes. If you aren’t familiar with this amazing gadget, it puts all other pressure cookers to shame. I like the electric pressure cooker because I feel it is safer and less likely to burn food than the stove top pressure model. It’s also wonderfully convenient. You can walk away while the food is cooking and not have to scrape a mess off your ceiling. Instant pots can be found in a variety of places…I bought mine on Amazon (they have great sales on it occasionally). However, if you decide to buy one, please know that the little booklet that is included is not the greatest. The best place for instant pot recipes…the Instant pot Facebook Group and Pinterest.

It has been cold and overcast today with the threat of the dreaded, “wintry mix.” We have a slightly frosty coating of snow already on the ground. It is the kind like three-day-old royal icing, crackly and thinning. I thought I would make a big warming bowl of soup for dinner. However, today I’m in my son’s classroom and it is grocery day, so I only had about 40 minutes to throw the soup together and get it on the table. I’m a big fan of split pea soup (I’m a Swedish/Finn, it’s in my blood), but I’m not a fan of the long cooking time. This solves that issue.

I served this soup with garlic bread and some german red cabbage on the side.

A note on this recipe. I used pork. If you don’t eat pork, you can easily substitute smoked turkey wings and/or legs. If you wish to make it vegetarian, omit the meat.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

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  • Prep Time: 10h
  • Cook Time: 20h
  • Total Time: 30h


  • 1 smoked ham shank or ham hock
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 -1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup medium-diced red or yellow boiling potatoes
  • 1 pound dried split green peas
  • 8 cups chicken stock or water


  1. Add the olive oil and onions to your instant pot and use the "saute" feature. Sweat the onions until they are translucent and soft. Turn off saute feature. Place ham shank/hock into your instant pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and then top off with chicken stock. Set your pot on manual for 20 minutes, making sure steam valve is closed. When IP is finished, do a quick release (turn steam valve to release pressure). Remove shank and dice cooked meat and add back to soup. Serve and Enjoy!

Tell me about your favorite instant pot meal.

the calm before the eating frenzy….

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Rob and Becky

I’m very excited to learn how to use my new Instant Pot I received for Christmas. Thanks for the info!


We like pea soup too. I like a lot of diced vegetables. Carrots, onion, potatoes and I add celery also. We use marjoram to season.

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