Hot Boiled Peanuts

July 27, 2010

Hot Boiled Peanuts are a traditional Southern delicacy.  Around here, you can find them in convenience stores (not recommended) and a multitude of roadside stands (recommended).  Or, just make your own.  It couldn’t be easier.  It’s one of the few times I actually use my Crock Pot.

Normally I’d use Creole Seasoning but since I’m still out I improvised. If you’d prefer them without the spicy kick, just add a little black pepper instead of the cayenne or Creole Seasoning.

  • Raw Peanuts
  • Salt, about 1/4 cup
  • Cayenne, 2 or 3 teaspoons
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, 2 or 3 teaspoons
  • Granulated Garlic, 1 teaspoon

Dump them peanuts into the crockpot but pick through to remove any bad ones.

Add the garlic and the salt.  As usual, I’m guessing on the amounts listed above.  I just sprinkled some in.

Add the crushed pepper.

And the cayenne.

Add enough water to generously cover, although the peanuts will float.  Stir it all together.

Start the crockpot on low and you don’t have to touch it again for ten hours.

They can stay warm in the crockpot for the day or you can store them in the fridge and reheat them a bowl at a time in the microwave.


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1 Sheryl July 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I have been boiling peanuts for 30 years. I have always used green peanuts not raw ( what you put in peanut brittle).


2 Karen Bove July 28, 2010 at 12:13 am

If I could find green I’d use them! Maybe I should start growing them myself?


3 Amy July 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Green peanuts should be in season now – I can usually find them at Winn-Dixie and Walmart. Actually, the Vidalia P-nuts you can find in convenience stores in south Georgia are pretty damn good. The trouble with boiled peanuts from road stands is that they add new peanuts when they sell some, so they’re often inconsistent in texture and saltiness. Still one of my favorite snacks – and they’re great for the beach!


4 Papa P-Nut June 5, 2011 at 6:04 am

i am a boiled peanut ,,roadside vendor,,,,,,,,,,i never add to the pot,,,,1 is boiling as the other is emptying,,


5 Lynda September 18, 2011 at 8:35 am

I’m in CA now, but grew up in FL – often traveling to NC. LOVE boiled peanuts. I like them best when the shells are so soft I can eat them as well. RE: roadside vendors. I’ve had both – consistent, well boiled peanuts, as well as, mixed texture/saltiness. Depends on the vendor. Papa P-Nut, you are likely doing so well because customers know they can count on consistently good peanuts.


6 justine July 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Wow. Your pictures are amazing!

Congratulations on being featured on tastespotting!


7 Beth July 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Living in South Georgia all my life, I have to disagree about the Vidalia brand boiled peanuts – they are truly awful!

I love making my own from green peanuts, but maybe the next time I want some boiled peanuts and the green peanuts aren’t in season, I’ll give this method a try. Is the taste noticeably different?


8 Judy August 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

DH is from Georgia/SC and loves boiled peanuts but try to find ‘raw’ peanuts in OKlahoma! :(


9 elbee August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I found this recipe on Tastespotting, and it takes me back to my parent’s home country where boiled peanuts are a local snack.

However, I don’t have a crockpot and I would love to make this. Would having a regular pot suffice? And if do put in a pot, should I just leave it on low so it’s warming but not simmering? It’s probably not the best thing to keep it going for ten hours, but it sounds like something you could start and forget about for ten hours on a lazy Sunday.


10 Karen Bove August 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Yep, it works just fine on the stove. Like you said, just keep the heat very low and you can start it and forget it. Simmer until they’re soft.


11 Cynthia Borton August 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I made these this weekend for a party using Raw peanuts….what is the actual difference between raw and green by the way? Anywhoo, they were a hit!! I absolutely loved them. I hate just the salt flavored ones, the added spices and seasoning were great!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! I love your site by the way and check it more than I do tastespotting!! I love you layout, pictures and recipes!!


12 Karen Bove August 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

Thanks and I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Raw peanuts are dried but not cooked. Green peanuts are still, well…green.


13 Ashley August 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

salt, water, green peanuts. if you’re by the ocean, use saltwater, that’s how they make them in north Florida.


14 Yahilligans August 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Although a dried peanut can still be called raw, it cannot be termed green. Only peanuts fresh from the ground have that honor, albiet the peanut is not actually green in color.


15 ryan November 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Money is tight this year down in the deep south so my wife and I thought we’d pass out custom labeled mason jars of home boiled peanuts for the holidays. I want to add a twist though. Playing off the salty taste, I’d like to incorporate a sweet component. Curious if bourbon boiled peanuts could work? I’d hate to ruin a whole batch though if I’m wrong – not to mention waste 10 hours of anticipation for nasty legumes. If not bourbon, maybe whiskey or brandy or even sweet muscadine wine. Any thoughts on these naughty nuts?


16 Karen Bove November 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Wow, now you’ve got me thinking. I sweet and salty combo would probably be good. Bourbon or maybe that Wild Turkey Honey stuff? With salt but without the cayenne/cajun spices? Try just a small batch and let me know how it turns out!


17 Chel January 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

I live in Germany and we don’t have raw or green peanuts, can lightly salted roasted peanuts in a shell work?


18 karenbove January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am

Unfortunately I don’t think roasted peanuts will work. Any way to order raw or green?


19 Carly January 19, 2012 at 4:35 am

These were wonderful! I cooked mine on the stove on very low for the same amount of time. Perfect! Thank you so much! I too, haven’t been able to find green peanuts for years!


20 Robert June 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

My bag of raw peanuts says I should soak them for up to 24 hours in brine before cooking. Is that necessary when you use a crock pot?



21 karenbove June 19, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I think the crock pot does that for you, combining the soaking and the cooking. I’ve never soaked them first. Enjoy!


22 Robert June 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thank you so much!!!


23 Keith September 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Pressure cooker. 10lbs pressure. 30 minutes. Remove from burner and let pressure drop on its on. Drain and enjoy.


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