Dive into the ultimate comfort food experience with our Black-Eyed Pea Stew. It’s a symphony of simple, budget-friendly, vegetarian ingredients, all coming together in a single pot of deliciousness. With a quick cook time, it’s a meal prep dream, ensuring you have a hearty and satisfying dish ready in no time. Serve it over Vermicelli Rice for a nutritious dinner no one can resist! 

black-eyed pea stew served over vermicelli rice

Why You’ll Love This Black-Eyed Pea Stew

Welcome to the heart and soul of Egyptian comfort food – Black-Eyed Pea Stew, or as we lovingly call it, Lobiya. It’s a classic, a culinary hug that’s been a staple in our homes since childhood. Served up in various delightful ways, it’s a dish that not only warms the belly but also carries the nostalgia of being a favorite among kids. Today, we recreate our mom’s recipe for our own kids, making it even easier. As a result, this recipe is: 

  • Made in one pot in and quick to prepare
  • Full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber
  • Easy to make in bulk and feed a crowd or enjoy throughout the week. 
  • A great vegetarian dish or easy to bulk up with your favorite protein

Ingredients You’ll Need

What makes Black-eyed Pea Stew a staple in Egyptian cuisine? Well, besides its deliciousness, it’s the fact that this recipe thrives on simplicity. With just a handful of pantry staples, all budget-friendly, you can whip up a taste of Egypt in no time. Here’s everything you’ll need: 

  • Butter and Olive Oil – These are combined and used to sauté the veggies adding extra depth to the flavor of the stew. 
  • Onions and Garlic – Used to form the base of the recipe, adding tons of savory flavor. 
  • Salt and Pepper – Add as little or as much as you’d like. 
  • Tomato Sauce – This forms the base of the broth, creating a rich taste. 
  • Tomato Paste – Used to thicken the stew without diluting the flavor. 
  • Water or Broth – Either work to thin out the broth and combine the ingredients. 
  • Black-Eyed Peas – These form the bulk of the stew, adding extra texture, plant-based protein, and tons of fiber! 
  • Sugar – This is crucial to help cut some of the acidity of the tomato sauce, creating a well-rounded flavor. 
a bowl of black-eyed pea stew

How to Make Black-Eyed Pea Stew

You all know we’re huge fans of one-pot recipes, and our Black-eyed Pea Stew is the epitome of easy, and it’s all — of course! — happening in one pot! Because who needs a mountain of dishes when you can have a hearty, flavorful masterpiece with minimal cleanup? Get ready to simplify your culinary game with the easiest one-pot wonder yet!

  1. Prepare the Black-Eyed Pease. Submerge the dry black-eyed peas in water, and let them soak for 2 hours. Then, drain and rinse them well before boiling them in a large pot. Drain again, and set them aside. 
  2. Sauté. Melt the butter in a deep pot over medium-high heat, and add the oil. Then sauté the onions, garlic, salt, and pepper until the onions are soft and the ingredients are fragrant. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water (or broth). 
  3. Boil. Reduce the heat, and let the ingredients simmer. 
  4. Combine and Cook. Stir in the black-eyed peas and sugar. Cover, and continue to cook until the black-eyed peas are tender.  Make sure they don’t cook so long that they’re mushy, though! Serve warm, and enjoy!
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bowls of black-eyed pea stew and a large pot of vermicelli rice

How to Serve Lobiya 

We grew up eating this black-eyed pea stew over a mound of Vermicelli rice. However, it also tastes great with sides like: 

How to Store 

This black-eyed pea stew stores really well. So, go ahead and make a double batch! 

Refrigerator: Once cooled completely, leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days

Freezer: For a longer-lasting option, store your stew in the freezer for up to 4-6 months

To Reheat: Let your stew thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, warm it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Or, transfer it back to a pot, and warm it over medium heat on the stove. 

overhead image of a skillet of vermicelli rice topped with black-eyed pea stew

Black-Eyed Pea Stew Common Questions

Are black-eyed peas healthy? 

Yes, black-eyed peas are a great addition to a healthy diet! Not only are they cheap and easy to find, but they’re also a great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals such as folate, copper, and thiamine. Read more about their benefits here

Do I need to soak black-eyed peas before cooking? 

Yes! If you are using dry, uncooked black-eyed peas (as we do in this recipe), you will need to soak and boil them before adding them to the stew. Otherwise, they will be too hard to eat. 

Can I use canned black-eyed peas? 

Yes, just be sure to drain and rinse them before adding them to the stew. 

More Easy Comfort Food Recipes

Looking for more budget-friendly comfort food recipe the whole family will enjoy? Take a look at some of our favorites below! 

black-eyed pea stew over vermicelli rice

Black-Eyed Pea Stew (Lobiya)

4.50 from 4 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 2 hours
Featuring simple, budget-friendly, vegetarian ingredients, this Black-Eyed Pea Stew is the ultimate comfort food! Made in just one pot, it’s ready in minutes and perfect for meal prep!


  • 16 ounces black-eyed peas uncooked
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 15- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 ½ cups water or broth
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • In a large bowl, add the black-eyed peas, and cover them with water. Soak for 2 hours. Drain and rinse.
    16 ounces black-eyed peas
  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the black-eyed peas and 6 cups of water. Bring the ingredients to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In a deep pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter and olive oil. Add the chopped onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
    1 Tablespoon butter, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 small onions, 2 garlic cloves, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water or broth, stirring to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    1 15- ounce can tomato sauce, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste, 3 ½ cups water or broth
  • Stir in the black-eyed peas and sugar. Cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the black-eyed peas are tender. Be careful not to overcook!
    1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Serve immediately while warm.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 1494mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 639IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. We’re sorry to hear this, Olivia. We appreciate you trying it out and taking the time to leave feedback.
      Feel free to adjust the herbs and spices to suit your preferences!

      Alia & Radwa