Boiled Peanuts

Boiled Peanuts
Staff Writer
Boiled Peanuts
Jane Bruce

Boiled Peanuts

For anyone not from the South or not familar with boiled peanuts, it can sound like an oxymoron: "Why would you boil a peanut?" is a frequent question from the unitiated.

But for those who grew up on them, it's another form of comfort food. Salty, sometimes spicy, and always delicious, boiled peanuts are a great snack, appetizer, or conversation piece.

It's important to have a lot of time and patience on hand when making boiled peanuts for the first time. Everyone has different opinions on how soft and salty they like their peanuts, so it's not an exact science. But with a little practice, boiling peanuts can be one of the easiest and tastiest snacks to make.

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4
Servings
165
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Boiled peanuts can be made overnight, but it is safest to use a Crock-Pot in this scenario.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup seasoned salt, preferably Lawry's
  • 1/4 cup ground chile
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pound peanuts, raw and in the shell

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a pot. If there is not enough water to cover the peanuts, add more water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally, once an hour at most, letting the peanuts boil for 3-6 hours until the peanuts are of a soft consistency. The timing depends on the age and size of the peanuts, so starting at 3 hours, check the peanuts to assess whether they are done.

If you would like the peanuts to be saltier and spicier once they are fully cooked, turn the heat off and let them sit in the water for a few more hours.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
30g
33%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
9mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
90µg
13%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
24mg
32%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
118mg
12%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
16µg
1%
Folate, total
37µg
9%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
40mg
13%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
72mg
10%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
192mg
13%
Water
202g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Boiled Peanut Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Boiled Peanut Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.