How to Cook Chickpeas (Plus Yummy Recipes)

Learn how to cook chickpeas from scratch on the stove, in the slow cooker or in the pressure cooker. And get some delicious chickpea recipes that go way beyond hummus.

Chickpeas are one of the most versatile beans. They have a relatively mild flavor that makes them a great base for dips and creamy sauces. They’re also packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

When you think of chickpeas, you probably picture a big bowl of hummus. And hummus is yummus, don’t get me wrong. But there are so many more delicious ways to enjoy these healthy legumes. Check out the simple instructions for how to cook chickpeas from scratch, and try some of the delicious vegan chickpea recipes below!

Yields about 4 servings

How to Cook Chickpeas

Get instructions for how to cook chickpeas on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in the pressure cooker. You can use broth instead of water and add spices to this mix, if you like. These are cooked in water only, so that you can use them in place of canned beans in recipes.

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry chickpeas
  • water

Instructions

    Prepare for Cooking (same for all methods)
  1. Rinse your chickpeas thoroughly, and pick them over for stones, then transfer to a large container. Add enough water to cover plus a few inches, and soak them overnight (at least 8 hours, up to 24 hours).
  2. If soaking overnight is not your thing, you can do a quick soak. To quick soak, just place the rinsed chickpeas in a pot with enough water to cover plus a few extra inches. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then turn off the heat and let them sit, covered, for an hour.
  3. Whether you do an overnight soak or a quick soak, you'll want to drain and rinse your chickpeas before moving on to one of the cooking methods below.
  4. Stovetop Directions
  5. Combine the chickpeas with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about an hour. How long they need to boil depends on a lot of factors, but how old the chickpeas are make the biggest difference. If you've had those chickpeas in your pantry for a long time, they can take much longer to cook.
  6. Slow Cooker Directions
  7. Combine the chickpeas with 3 cups of water. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. How long they need to cook depends on a lot of factors, but how old the chickpeas are make the biggest difference. If you've had those chickpeas in your pantry for a long time, they can take much longer to cook.
  8. Pressure Cooker Directions
  9. Combine the chickpeas with 3 cups of water, and lock the lid. Bring the pot to high pressure for 12 minutes, with a natural release (10-15 minutes). If your chickpeas are not done at this point, bring to pressure for 1-2 more minutes, do a quick release, and check again. Repeat this 1-2 minutes situation, if needed, until they're cooked to your liking. How long they need to cook depends on a lot of factors, but how old the chickpeas are make the biggest difference. If you've had those chickpeas in your pantry for a long time, they can take much longer to cook.
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How to Store Cooked Chickpeas

Your cooked chickpeas will keep for about three days in the refrigerator. If you’re not planning to use these within three days, you can freeze cooked chickpeas. Just drain in a colander, then transfer to a freezer bag when the chickpeas have cooled. Press any extra air out of the bag before sealing and transferring to the freezer, where they will keep for up to 6 months.

Chickpea Recipes

Roasted  spicy chickpeas on rustic background

1. Roasted Chickpeas

Back away from the chips. Roasted chickpeas are a healthy, protein-packed snack. They’re also a lovely, nut-free way to add some crunch to salads, sandwiches and wraps.

2. Lemony Chickpeas

Saucy, citrusy chickpeas are a great addition to Buddha bowls or just served up with your favorite whole grain and veggies alongside.

Curried Chickpeas

3. Chickpea Curry

You make these aromatic, curried chickpeas from scratch, so no pre-cooking or cans required. The bag of black tea is optional, but it adds a nice edge of bitterness to this recipe—I wouldn’t skip it for the world!

4. Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Chickpeas and tomatoes were made for each other, and they’re the stars of this Moroccan-spiced chickpea stew. Dish up a hearty bowlful over couscous or rice, and you’ve got yourself a meal!

Vegan Baked Cabbage Rolls stuffed with flavorful chickpeas, topped with tomato sauce, and baked to perfection in the oven.

5. Rolled Cabbage

Chickpeas replace the meat in this lightened-up, vegan version of classic cabbage rolls. Serve with a side salad, as pictured, or whatever cooked veggies your heart desires.

Snickerdoodle Hummus from A Virtual Vegan

6. Snickerdoodle Hummus

I know. Just moments ago, I said no hummus, but this is like no hummus you’ve ever had! Dessert hummus is basically like healthier cookie dough that you can eat with abandon. Catch it!

Chickpea Pot Pie from Cadry's Kitchen

7. Vegetable Pot Pie

Chickpea pot pie is just as hearty and filling as its non-vegan cousin, but it’s packed with fiber and vitamins that you can’t get from animal foods.

Vegan White Pizza from Vegan in the Freezer

8. Vegan White Pizza

Chickpeas are the protein-packed topping on this healthy, plant-based white pizza recipe. And it’s loaded with veggies, too!

Chickpea Truffles from Veggie Inspired

9. Truffles

Yep, you read that correctly: chickpeas are the base for these creamy truffles! This blondies-inspired recipe is perfect for when you get hit with a sweet craving.

Chickpea Burger from V. Nutrition

10. Sriracha Ranch Veggie Burgers

Not only does this recipe use chickpeas, but it uses the cooking liquid!

If you’re using homemade chickpeas and want to save that aquafaba, stick a colander under the bowl when you drain your beans. Transfer the liquid from the bowl to a small saucepan, and simmer until the liquid thickens. It should be almost the consistency of egg whites. You can freeze the aquafaba in ice cube trays to use in recipes. One standard ice cube is two tablespoons, so it’s easy to pop out just enough.

Chickpea Stew from Dianne Wenz

11. Chickpea-Peanut Stew

You can serve up this rich, hearty stew on its own or over brown rice (or any whole grain!). It’s a perfect cold weather one-bowl meal.

Chickpea Tacos from Veggies Save the Day

12. Chickpea Guacamole Tacos

Guac is only extra if you’re eating in a restaurant. In these delicious, homemade tacos, it’s a requirement, along with deeply-seasoned sauteed chickpeas.

Vegan Crab Cakes from Vegan Huggs

13. Vegan Crab Cakes

Chickpeas and hearts of palm team up in this crab-free crab cake recipe. You may worry that hearts of palm devastate orangutan habitats, like palm oil does, but do not panic! Mel at A Virtual Vegan explains that hearts of palm come from “a totally different species of palm tree and are grown in different parts of the world entirely.”

Falafel Sliders from Glue and Glitter

14. Falafel Sliders

Baked falafel piled onto miniature buns, and covered with creamy tahini dressing is an easy chickpea recipe that works well for lunch or dinner. You can serve these baby falafels over mixed greens, if bread is not your thing.

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Learn how to cook chickpeas from scratch on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in the pressure cooker. And get some delicious chickpea recipes that go way beyond hummus.

Chickpeas and Roasted Chickpeas images via Thinkstock. All other images via recipe authors, used with permission.

61 comments

Christina C
Christina C12 days ago

Thank you for the tips!

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Anne F
Anne F14 days ago

excellent - I think I should try some of these soon

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Paulo R
Paulo R14 days ago

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Paulo R14 days ago

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Holly Windle
Holly Windle16 days ago

Good reminder about how versatile chickpeas are -- a great addition or key ingredient for many meals.

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D17 days ago

Great article TYFS. I love chickpeas - they are yummy in my tummy and these recipes look interesting. Off to the store to buy some chickpeas with a BIG :)

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Lenore K
Lenore K18 days ago

ok

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Ruth S
Ruth S18 days ago

Thanks.

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Janis K
Janis K18 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Danii P
Danii P18 days ago

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