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Instant Pot Vegan Split Pea Soup

This Instant Pot Split Pea soup with za’atar seasoning is a filling and comforting vegan soup that is healthy, filled with loads of flavor and super easy to make! It is slightly spicy + slightly zesty and refreshing thanks to the addition of lemon! It is truly one delicious yellow split pea soup that is also gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free , refined sugar-free and perfect any time of year!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Coming to Pressure Time for Instant Pot10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizers, Entrées, Instant Pot, Soup, Vegan
Cuisine: Armenian, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • Instant Pot
  • Zaatar
  • Split Peas


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon za’atar seasoning plus more for garnishing
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cups yellow split peas
  • 2 to matoes diced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus extra for garnishing
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh cilantro for garnishing


  • Set your pressure cooker to saute function.
  • Add oil, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in spices (chili powder through chili flakes). Saute 1 minute longer.
  • Press ‘Cancel’.
  • Add broth/water, split peas and tomatoes.
  • Set to manual high-pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before opening the vent and removing the lid.
  • Stir in lemon juice, sugar and salt to taste.
  • Garnish with generous amounts of lemon, za’atar seasoning and freshly chopped cilantro before serving.
  • Enjoy!



Please see ‘Tips’ above in the blog post for suitable substitutions, storage advice and more!


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 806mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1233IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg