Black-Eyed Peas & Okra


This bean and okra recipe is a classic Southern side dish perfect for potlucks. Adding the okra toward the end of cooking guarantees a tender--not mushy--texture.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 small bay leaves, preferably fresh

  • 2 cups black-eyed peas, fresh or frozen (thawed)

  • 1 pound fresh okra, stem ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add broth and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Stir in peas.

  2. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add okra, salt, pepper and cayenne. Simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

177 Calories
4g Fat
27g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 3/4 cup
Calories 177
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 574IU 11%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Folate 49mcg 12%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 47mg 11%
Potassium 362mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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