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Purple Hull Peas

Purple Hull Peas

Frozen purple hull peas should be a mainstay in your freezer so that when fresh are unavailable, you can have them on hand to make this delicious and easy dish. You don't have to use the ham hock if you want to cut down on time. Simmer the peas with chicken or vegetable broth and a sprig of fresh thyme instead. Add rice, cornbread, and two shots of hot sauce and you have a meal!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 2 small smoked ham hocks
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 pounds frozen purple hull peas
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves smashed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsely leaves


  • Add the ham hock to a large pot with the water and cover with a lid.  Simmer the hocks about 1 hour until tender.   Add the frozen purple hull peas to this broth along with the remaining ingredients and continue to simmer covered until the peas are tender, about one hour longer, adding more water as needed.  Season with salt if necessary, drain if desired, stir in the parsley and serve warm.