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Boiled Peanuts Recipe

Boiled Peanuts Recipe

This boiled peanuts recipe will teach you how to make boiled peanuts just like they do in the American South. They are definitely a delicacy!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 4 hours
Brine Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 2 pounds
Calories 2585 kcal
Author Debra Maslowski



  1. Wash the peanuts well. Peanuts grow best in the sand, so there may be some clinging to the shells.
  2. Place them in a pot and cover until they are submerged in water. You may need to add more later, depending on how much the peanuts absorb.
  3. Measure the salt in a small amount of hot water and stir well so that the salt all dissolves. Set aside for now. Some of your peanuts may float to the top. This is fine and totally normal with this boiled peanuts recipe.
  4. Once they absorb enough water, they will sink. Set the pot to boil and keep an eye on it. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.
  5. In a couple of hours, check to see if the peanuts are soft. If they have started to soften, you can add the salt brine at this time. Continue to simmer until the peanuts are very soft. Depending on the size and freshness, they could take 4 hours or more.
  6. When the peanuts are all soft, turn off the heat and let them sit in the brine for 30 minutes or so. They will soak up more of the salty goodness over time.
  7. When they cool down a bit, they are ready to eat.


Tweak to your own tastes.

Alternately, you can cook the peanuts in a slow cooker. On high, they should take about 4-6 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Boiled Peanuts Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 ounces)
Calories 2585 Calories from Fat 2025
% Daily Value*
Fat 225g346%
Saturated Fat 35g175%
Polyunsaturated Fat 78g
Monounsaturated Fat 101g
Sodium 19009mg792%
Potassium 3379mg97%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 43g172%
Protein 119g238%
Calcium 521mg52%
Iron 18mg100%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.