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Southern Boiled Peanuts (3 Different Flavors)

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If you are in the mood for a delicious homemade snack, then you can’t go wrong with these delicious Southern boiled peanuts. Choose from 3 different flavors; Cajun, lemon pepper, or salt and vinegar and grab instructions to make them on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.

Boiled peanuts served in a bowl.

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These Southern boiled peanuts are a firm favorite of mine. These peanuts are boiled in a flavorful salty brine until they become soft on the inside.

My first encounter with boiled peanuts happened at a gas station on a Carolina road. They came in a styrofoam cup and were covered with a spiced liquid. Once I ate my first peanut, I was hooked. The peanut was soft and tender and perfectly flavored.

Boiled peanuts come spicy or not spicy, whatever you prefer.

Be sure to try my 15 Minute Sugared Pecans too!

How to make Southern boiled peanuts

Be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to get cooking instructions for the Instant Pot and Crockpot methods too!

Rinse the peanuts in water and get your seasonings.

The rinsed peanuts and seasonings in a pot with cajun spices on the side.

Add peanuts in a large pot. Cover with water and seasonings and stir.

Seasonings added to the peanuts in a large pot.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer for 2-3 hours, until peanuts are softened.

The cooked peanuts in a large pot.

Serve and enjoy.

How soft should the boiled peanuts be?

It’s really up to you, but they shouldn’t be hard. I like mine soft and tender, but not mushy. I suggest tasting a peanut after 2 hours to see if there as soft as you like them.

How to eat a boiled peanut

I like to eat my boiled peanuts the same way I eat sunflower seeds and I put the entire peanut in my mouth, shell and all. I then slightly bite on the shell, remove the peanut and juices, and spit out the shell.

Others eat boiled peanuts by carefully opening the shell before eating the peanuts inside.

Either way is fine, just don’t eat the shell.

Southern Boiled Peanuts FAQ

How to store boiled peanuts?

Boiled peanuts should be stored in the fridge in their brine. The flavors will intensify the longer they sit in the brine. They will last for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator in their brine.

Can you freeze them?

Yes! You can freeze boiled peanuts. I like to freeze them in the brine in smaller bags. I let them defrost overnight before consuming.

Do you serve them warm or cold?

These boiled peanuts can be enjoyed warm as soon as they are made, I love them this way, but you can also store them in their cooking liquid for up to a week in the fridge and enjoy whenever you get the urge to snack!

What peanuts are best to use?

This recipe calls for green raw peanuts, which can be found in some supermarkets and farmers markets during the growing season (July to November). You can sub them with raw peanuts, but you will need to cook them for longer. Raw peanuts take about 4 hours to soften on the stovetop and 90 minutes in the pressure cooker on high pressure. Don’t use peanuts that are already dried or roasted.

What’s the difference between a green peanut and a raw peanut?

Green peanuts are raw peanuts that are fresh from the ground and moist. They are highly perishable and should be immediately refrigerated upon purchase.

Raw peanuts are air-dried. They don’t need to be refrigerated before purchase but they do need to be cooked. They take longer to soften when boiling than green peanuts.

A hand holding a boiled peanut.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • For the salt and vinegar peanuts, reduce the amount of water to 1.5 cups to add to the 2.5 cups vinegar. You could also use vinegar powder instead if you don’t want your entire house smelling like vinegar.
  • Once cooked, store the peanuts in the fridge. If left at room temperature they can become slimy.
  • Do not eat the peanut shell. Place it in your mouth, suck off the flavor, bite the shell to remove the peanut, then spit out the shell. So easy 🙂
Flavored boiled peanuts in plastic cups.

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Southern Boiled Peanuts (3 Different Flavors)

If you are in the mood for a delicious homemade snack, then you can't go wrong with these delicious Southern boiled peanuts. Choose from 3 different flavors.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword flavored boiled peanuts, how to make boiled peanuts, seasoned peanuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 lb green raw peanuts
  • 4 cups water
  • Seasonings

Cajun Seasoning:

Lemon Pepper Seasoning:

  • 3 Tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoon kosher salt or to taste

Salt and Vinegar Seasoning:

  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2.5 cups apple cider vinegar*

Instructions

  • Rinse the peanuts in water. Cook by following either of the instructions/methods below:

Stovetop:

  • Add peanuts in a large pot. Cover with water and seasonings, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer for 2-3 hours, until peanuts are softened.
  • Serve. Remove the shells before consuming.

Electric Pressure Cooker:

  • Add peanuts, water, and seasoning to the pressure cooker insert. Cover and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes, then allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure. Open and enjoy.

Slow cooker:

  • Add peanuts, water, and seasoning into slow cooker insert. Cover and allow to cook on low for 12-14 hours, or until the peanuts have softened.

Notes

  • This recipe calls for green raw peanuts, which can be found in some supermarkets and farmers’ markets during the growing season. If subbing with raw peanuts, you will need to cook the peanuts for longer. Raw peanuts take about 4 hours to soften and 90 minutes in the pressure cooker.
  • For the salt and vinegar peanuts, reduce the amount of water to 1.5 cups to add to the 2.5 cups vinegar. You could also use vinegar powder instead if you don’t want your entire house smelling like vinegar.
  • Do not eat the peanut shell. Place it in your mouth, suck off the flavor, bite the shell to remove the peanut, then spit out the shell. So easy 🙂
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Jo Ann Weaver

Friday 16th of July 2021

How long in the frig out of the brine will they last?

Tanya

Saturday 17th of July 2021

I've only stored them in the brine but I'd say about a week should be fine.

Sue

Friday 9th of July 2021

I live in DC and was having trouble finding raw peanuts. I discovered that the Asian markets have them. I buy online from sayweee.com. They are a delivery company and I managed to get a large bag of peanuts, about 2 to 3 pounds not those huge bags. I do love boiled peanuts. Thanks Tanya for posting this.

Faye Burner

Friday 9th of July 2021

Thanks for including the salt and vinegar recipe! The way my grandfather, a transplant from Maine, made them!! Almost like a peanut pickle……

David Hobbs

Friday 9th of July 2021

Any way you can do no or low sodium?

Tanya

Friday 9th of July 2021

Hi David, you can sub with low salt or no salt seasoning instead of the added salt in the recipe.