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Split pea soup in a white bowl with toasted crusty bread and a spoon
5 from 4 votes

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup in Instant Pot is a classic, thick and hearty soup made with smoked ham, creamy split peas, tender carrots, and celery, made in under 1 hour!
Author Diana
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
IP coming to pressure 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound dry split peas rinsed, Note 1
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 3 ribs celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1-2 ham hocks smoked, (or one ham bone, meaty) – OR 6 ounces of diced ham
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley finely chopped for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • On the Instant Pot, press on SAUTE – normal and heat the olive oil.
  • Saute the onion, carrot, and celery until softened (3-4 minutes). Add the garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  • Switch off the SAUTE setting. Add the split peas, pour in the chicken stock, add the ham bone, bay leaves, season with salt and pepper.
  • Secure the lid and set the vent to SEALING. Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL setting and set the cooking time for 15 minutes at high pressure. The Instant Pot will take around 5 minutes to come to pressure and start cooking. When the cooking program ends, allow the steam to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quickly release the rest if the steam (if any steam is left).
  • Carefully remove the lid, remove the ham hock from the instant pot and remove the meat from the bone then stir it back in the soup. Discard bone.
  • Stir in the fresh lemon juice.
  • Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, serve warm with wedges of lemon on the side (to squeeze in the soup).


  1. I typically use green split peas just because they have a lower starch content than yellow split peas. They’re also a bit sweeter which is nice, but you use what you have. There’s no need to presoak them as they cook quickly, but do rinse them well! If you use yellow split peas, the texture might turn out a little different and you might need a little more liquid.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 1236mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2217IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg