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Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava)

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Pressure Cooker Yellow Split Pea Dip (Greek Fava) recipe - a healthy dip for your guests, ready from the pressure cooker in about an hour.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 pound yellow split peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Sort and rinse the yellow peas; Spread the yellow split peas out in a single layer and sort through them - throw out any rocks, pieces of dirt, or bad looking peas.
  2. Sauté the aromatics: Heat the olive oil in the pressure cooker pot over medium heat, or sauté mode in electric PCs, until the oil is shimmering. Add the onion and garlic, sprinkle with the 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and sauté until the onion softens, about eight minutes. Stir in the yellow peas, then add the water and the teaspoon of salt.
  3. Pressure cook the peas: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker, bring the cooker to high pressure, and pressure cook for 10 minutes in an electric pressure cooker or 8 minutes in a stovetop cooker. (On the Instant Pot, use the Manual setting, and set the cook time for 10 minutes.) When the cooking time is over, remove the pot from the heat and let the pressure come down naturally, about 15 minutes. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to avoid any hot steam.
  4. Whip, season, and serve: Stir the yellow peas vigorously, to help release the starch in the peas and thicken up the dip. Add the lemon juice and fresh ground black pepper, then taste, and add more salt if it needs it. (The dip should be highly seasoned - it may need another teaspoon of salt or so.) Serve.


This dip can be made ahead of time and refrigerated (for a few days) or frozen (for a few months.) It will thicken as it sits; warm it up in the microwave to loosen it up again. If you are making it a day or more ahead, add another cup of water (total of 5 cups) when you're pressure cooking the yellow peas. The peas will come out of the pot very soupy, but thicken up as they sit in the refrigerator.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Greek