Jan 15, 2016

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup (InstantPot)

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Okay, so it won’t win any beauty contests, but this soup is the BOMB. So hearty and satisfying on these cold winter days here in the Smoky Mountains. Yum.

Do you have an InstantPot yet? Wow. It rocks my kitchen, that’s all I have to say. I’ve just started using it for actual recipes, instead of exclusively for cooking dry beans. I’m impressed! Yep, it’s an investment, just like a VitaMix or any other kitchen tool that is well-made and lasts a long time—it’s not cheap (about $100). But if you do a lot of cooking, especially beans, it is so worth it! What I love most about the InstantPot is the many different settings it has, from beans to steam to sauté ; it even has a slow cook mode!

Let’s get started with this recipe… yes, you can also make it in a slow cooker or even on the stove top, though the water amounts may differ (increase, most likely). I used to soak my beans prior to cooking them. I don’t have to do that anymore with the InstantPot. You still could soak them but, again, that would change the amount of water that is needed. So this recipe is specifically for use with dry, unsoaked, split peas in an InstantPot pressure cooker. In the ingredients list below you will see that I also use kombu, which is a sea vegetable. It helps us to digest the beans and also adds a bit of iodine, which, if you’re vegan, you need to either supplement with or find in sea veggies. 🙂 


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Healthy trails,







Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 7 cups

This simple, homey soup will warm you from head to toe!


  • 1 pound, dried split peas
  • 7 cups water
  • 1½ cups chopped carrots
  • 1 medium-sized sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 TBS Spike salt-free seasoning
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 4" strip kombu * see notes
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients into your pressure cooker and cook on "bean" setting for 35 minutes, using the natural release method.
  2. When the machine cools enough to open the lid, simply stir and serve!
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10 responses to “Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup (InstantPot)”

  1. This soup looks delicious, Helyn! I love split pea soup but have never had it with Spike seasoning before. I got an InstantPot for Christmas and just love it! I’ll definitely be trying this out soon in my machine. Thanks for sharing!:)

    • helynskitchen says:

      You’re welcome, Heather! Yes, Spike is my go-to all purpose seasoning. Has been for a long time. It offers so much flavor without salt or heavy spices. Enjoy!! xo

  2. Kathryn Marmion says:

    Hi Helyn – do you have any other instant pot recipes? I am a newbie and looking for ways to use ours. This split pea soup looks like a great one to start with. Thanks!

  3. Lauren says:

    Where can you find kombu?

  4. Lauren says:

    Okay thank you. What kind of flavoring does it provide?

    • helynskitchen says:

      It doesn’t add much flavor at all, just a bit of sodium. What it does mostly is to help make it easier to digest the beans. 🙂

  5. Helaine says:

    This soup recipe is a keeper!! We enjoyed it SO much and it is so easy to throw together. I changed a couple of things. Our supermarket only carries the original Spike seasoning which contains salt so rather than buy that I used Nature’s Seasoning which I already had. I also used 1tsp smoked paprika and 1tsp regular because I wanted the smokiness but thought 2 tsp would be too much for my tastebuds. Other than that I followed the recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

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