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The BEST Instant Pot split pea soup (close-up in a white bowl)

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

This Instant Pot split pea soup is much easier and hands-off than cooking it on the stove! This recipe can be made with ham or left vegetarian.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword electric pressure cooker split pea soup, Instant Pot split pea soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Inactive time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 399kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 pound green split peas
  • 1 pound smoked ham chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the oil, butter, onion, carrots, and celery to your Instant Pot. Press the sauté button and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the garlic, followed by the broth, split peas, ham (if using), smoked paprika, and cumin.
  • Give it a good stir, then close the lid, make sure the valve is on "sealing", and press the "manual" button to set the timer for it to cook for 15 minutes on high pressure. It'll take about 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure.
  • Once the countdown has finished, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. You can then do a quick release if you wish, or just let it naturally release for the rest of the time.
  • Season with salt & pepper if needed.


  • You can add the chopped ham that I suggest in the recipe (great for leftover ham), or you could add a whole ham bone or pork hock (go up to max 2 pounds or so).
  • Use low-sodium broth if salt is a concern for you since ham can be quite salty.
  • You may need to add more broth to leftovers as the soup will thicken the longer you leave it.
  • This is the 6-quart Instant Pot I used.
  • Inactive time indicates the time it takes the Instant Pot to get up to pressure and release pressure.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. This soup is 324 calories per serving without the ham.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1911mg | Potassium: 1065mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4292IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 5mg