Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

Instant Pot Recipes Main Dishes Pork Recipes Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup is a quick and delicious way to use some leftover ham. It is a humble dish yet it is rich in flavor and nutrients!

If you have leftovers in your fridge, then, this recipe can come handy. Just like how I used my veggies for this delicious Vegetarian Minestrone and my day-old rice for earlier today’s Chicken Fried Rice, I can use this recipe for the leftover Slow Cooker Glazed Smoked Ham waiting in my fridge.

Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup Recipe

This recipe for Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup is made faster and easier than to cook it on the stove or the slow cooker. The IP is simply awesome like that!

Any dish becomes more convenient to cook using the IP. And that is what I badly needed this morning.

I was feeling under the weather earlier today. And so, I decided that it is time to cook this comforting dish using the pressure cooker.

Whenever I lack the energy to prepare something hearty, may it be because I feel lazy or sick, this recipe comes to mind all the time. The comfort that a thick rich soup like this brings is unmatched!

Is Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup healthy?

Yes, it is! Let us focus on how nutrient-dense the main ingredient for this dish is – the pea. It is a common food item that has been cultivated and consumed by man for centuries already all over the world.

And it says a lot about how this legume is beneficial to nutrition. This legume not only possesses versatility in its culinary purposes, but it also accounts for several health benefits such as being rich in dietary fibers, high protein content, and high in other antioxidants.

The high protein content and dietary fiber in it make this dish hearty. You will be left feeling satiated for a long time and hence, it can aid in your weight loss.

But anything in excess could also be detrimental. Be careful with your food intake, especially with cholesterol from the meat and the sodium in the broth.

How to Make Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup:

  • Sauté: Using this function of the IP, sauté the aromatics with the vegetables and some seasonings and spices. This step will release flavors from the ingredients as well as jumpstart the softening of the vegetables.
  • Pressure-cook: Add the rest of the ingredients including the peas, then, close the lid. Cook for about 15 minutes or so. Then, perform natural pressure release which will add around 15 minutes to the total time to prepare this dish.
  • Serve: If you used a ham bone, then, once the soup is cooked, remove the bone. Shred any meat that is still in the bone. And then, return the meat into the pot. Remove the bay leaf, too, then, serve in bowls topped with your favorite toppings.

Can I use frozen split peas?

Absolutely! Drying the legumes is a traditional way to preserve the fresh ones and dried ones are what I prefer to use. But use the frozen kind if that is all you have. You will still be able to achieve a refreshing soup. I would cook for the same amount of time.

How to Make Split Pea Soup on the stove:

If you prefer the stove over the IP, you can follow this stovetop recipe!

How to Store Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup:

  • Refrigerate: Allow the dish to cool completely, transfer into airtight containers, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze: You can extend the shelf life to up to 3 months by putting it in freezer bags and keeping it in the freezer. Thaw it first in the fridge before reheating on the stove.

Recipe Tips:

  • If you want to make this vegetarian, leave out the meat entirely, use vegetable stock, and add liquid smoke. Further replacing the butter with olive oil makes it vegan-friendly.
  • Sautéing at the first part of the recipe is optional. You can simply put the ingredients directly in the IP and let it do its magic.
  • Check out this ham and bean soup recipe for another option for your leftover ham mixed with legumes.
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5 from 4 reviews

Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Ham Split Pea Soup is a quick and delicious way to use some leftover ham. It is a humble dish yet it is rich in flavor and nutrients!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr







Nutrition information

Calories: 410 Carbohydrates: 53 Protein: 31 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 46 Sodium: 2368 Potassium: 1131 Fiber: 21 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 3927 Vitamin C: 27 Calcium: 83 Iron: 5
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Saute 5 to 7 minutes makes much more sense.



Yum! A hearty soup sounds so good today! I haven't had ham in ages, but it's a favorite of mine.


Amber Myers

I love having soup for dinner! This one looks amazing. I haven't had split pea soup in ages.


melissa chapman

I love split pea soup and with the hamt will give it extra flavor. I nevr used the instant pot but it sounds like a great way to make it faster.



This looks delicious! I really need to invest in an instant pot.



This looks really yummy. Looking forward to making this for my family.


Pam Wattenbarger

I haven't had split pea soup in ages. I'd love to have a bowl of it right now. Your version looks so good.



My husband is going to love this! Thank you so much for sharing.


Gervin Khan

I have never tried to make this kind of soup and it looks really delicious. I am going to try this and hope it will turn good as yours.



I honestly don't think I've had split pea soup before. I bet it tastes amazing though. I can't wait to give it a try sometime.


Talya Stone

I've recently bought an Instant Pot and have just started out making a few things with it. I haven't tried making a soup yet so that will be next on my list!



It's so rainy and cold today. I want this soup so bad right now!



I have not been using the sauté function on my Instant Pot. Knowing that this step releases flavors from the ingredients as well as jumpstarts the softening of the vegetables is reason enough to do it from now on. Hubby will enjoy this soup, I am almost certain.


Sarah Bailey

Now this sounds like it would be so warming and hearty, I could definitely enjoy a bowl of this for dinner.



My husband is going to love this! He was just talking about his mom making it when he was little. Perfect timing!


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