Instant Split Pea Soup canadian

Split Pea Soup

Ah, comfort food at its finest. With Québécois origins, split pea soup is traditionally composed of peas, pork and herbs blended together for pure, creamy deliciousness. A bowl of this will get you through the tough Canadian winters!


  • 1 (2lb) ham bone or smoked pork hock
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 2 (0.4g) bay leaves
  • 2 (410g) carrots , chopped
  • 6 cloves (24g) garlic , minced
  • 1 rib (75g) celery , chopped
  • 1 (220g) medium onion , diced
  • 1 pound (454g) green split peas
  • 6 cups (1.5L) unsalted chicken stock
  • A pinch dried thyme


  1. Soften Onions: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Add in 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil, then quickly add in diced onions to prevent the butter from burning. Season with a pinch of salt. Saute diced onions until softened (~2 mins). Add in minced garlic, a pinch of dried thyme, and 2 bay leaves, then saute for another minute. Optional: add in chopped carrots & celery, then saute for another minute.
  2. Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock. Scrub all the brown bits off the bottom of the pot (keep the brown bits as they are very flavorful).
  3. Pressure Cook Split Pea Soup: Add in chopped carrots and celery if you haven't. Add 1 lb (454g) green split peas and 1 (2lb) ham bone or smoked pork hock. Pour in 5 ½ cups (1375ml) unsalted chicken stock. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 15 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release.
  4. Season & Thicken: Set aside the pork hock or ham bone. Give it a few quick stirs. The soup should thicken and come together. *Pro Tip: Ensure you taste the soup, then season with more salt (for reference, we added 2 large pinches of kosher salt). 
  5. If you used smoked pork hock, cut the meat and add them in the split pea soup or serve them in sandwiches.
  6. Serve Split Pea and Ham Soup: This comforting Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is very filling, so you can serve it as a meal on its own. Enjoy~ 🙂
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