Boiled Peanuts

You can easily double or triple or quadruple the recipe ingredients. The longer the peanuts cook, or sit in the salty water, the saltier they will become. Also the longer the peanuts cook, the softer the shells will become. Some people prefer their peanut shells soft and almost chewy, some prefer a little firm so you can pry open the shells.

If you are making boiled peanuts for the first time, work with a small batch (like the one pound recipe that follows). If they end up too salty, use less salt the next time. If you like them softer, cook them longer. The inside nuts themselves should be completely soft. If crunchy or crisp, they need to cook longer.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • 1 pound of raw "green" peanuts (not the color green, but fresh raw peanuts which are called green peanuts)
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt (or 2 Tbsp table salt)
  • 4 cups water

Optional seasoning

  • 2 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning, smoked paprika, shrimp boil mix, or even star anise


1 Thoroughly rinse raw unshelled peanuts in water.

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2 Put water, salt, seasoning, peanuts in a large stockpot. Bring to a low boil. Cover and reduce the heat just enough to maintain a low boil. Boil for 2 to 3 hours or longer (some boil their peanuts all day), until peanuts reach desired level of softness.

3 Drain. Eat up within a couple of days. Boiled peanuts don't save as well as dry.

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  • Roger Nolte

    Bought my valencia raw (dried) peanuts from the Hampton Farms growers in Portales, New Mexico, and boiled my first batch a couple weeks ago. They turned out pretty good (better then the canned ones at WalMart), but as I cook my second batch today, I am wondering if I really need to add any salt? I soaked them 24 hours this time (12 hours first time), and using crock-pot this time (stove top first time), and noticing the flavor seems sweeter and tastier so far. I am afraid the salt will destroy that sweet taste. Is it really necessary to add salt?

  • Corey Johnson

    Hi, I am wanting to serve Boiled peanuts at my wedding in april. i just need a small snack sized portion for about 100 people. How many pounds should I get?

  • Mark

    I boil a big pot full and after they cool down, I bag them up and put in the freezer. When I go fishing, I just throw a frozen bag in the ice chest and eat later while fishing.

  • Russell

    I’ve seen a lot of people commenting about the difficulties of finding raw peanuts. I thought I’d have to wait for a farmer’s market or something to that effect. As it turns out, right next to the dried fruit and 5lb bags of roasted peanuts, my grocer (Giant) had 1lb bags of raw peanuts.

    Currently have 2lbs floating to get the dirt off and then tonight, the payoff! :D

  • Francis Mok

    I see hardly anyone mention about use micro-wave to cook peanut. I am thinking of boiling them for half an hour. Left to dry and then put in micro-wave oven. After 15 minutes then I will again soak them in boiled salt water for an hour or so. Then I think they should be soft.

  • Lana

    I too love boiled peanuts but it is hard to find raw green peanuts in the north (I’m in north central Ohio). But found most place that sell – get this- bird seed will carry raw peanuts. Our local store called Garderners sells them if u can find them it is worth it they are great!!

  • Allie

    I thought it was a little strange that this recipe only called for 4 cups of water. I ended up using 5 because it barely covered the peanuts. Turned out to be a complete disaster. I left for an hour and the peanuts almost burned my house down. Make sure and FULLY COVER the peanuts before you boil.

    Good point. 4 cups was sufficient for my small pot, but obviously not for yours. I also strongly recommend that you NOT leave the house when you have something boiling on the stove. ~Elise

  • J Ludlow


    I got a pot full on the stove right now. But about the author, where could old Elise be from?

    She says “Great with beer or a cold soda” but hey we don’t drink soda in the South except for a club soda. No pop either. Everything is a Coke. What kind a Coke y’all want? A Dr. Pepper or a Seven Up?

    Hah! That is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? :-) ~Elise

  • sharon s

    Born & raised in Charleston SC, boiled peanuts are my favorite snack. When folks tell me they have lived in the south for a while and consider themselves a southerner now, the real test is “Do you love boiled peanuts?” If so, then you are really southern or southern at heart!
    I have never tried them in a crockpot, but I will this week. Thanks for the idea.

  • jt

    No way do you boil green peanuts for 2 or 3 hours, raw peanuts yes, but not green peanuts.

    green peanuts fresh out of the ground need only about 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes depending on how soft you want them.. add the salt when there is only about 20 minutes of boiling time left, the reason is that the shell does not absorb water until they are soft and almost done…

    the difference between a green peanut and a raw peanut is that the raw peanut has been dried until the moisture is out of it. the green peanut is fresh out of the ground and has to be refrigerated…

  • A Taste of the South

    Since I’m in Las Vegas and a transplanted floridian,I always miss my boiled peanuts.I am just a few weeks away from starting my own boiled peanut business here in Las Vegas!

  • jack hooper

    Every day Mahatma Gandhi took peanuts in his food. It gives lot energy and nutrition. Even we can soak peanut in water for 8 hours and eat. It has more protein than boiled peanuts.

  • Julie L.

    Check out this peanut stand in Cherokee, NC. Best Boiled Peanuts Ever!

    Wow, check out that cauldron! ~Elise

  • Brenda from Florida

    I cannot obtain raw fresh peanuts in California, only the raw dried ones. I bought a bag-full this afternoon, and put them in my 6-quart pressure cooker, adding water to bring the level to the 2/3 full line, then added 1/4 cup salt. Turned on the heat under the pressure cooker, and when the pressure valve was all the way up and the regulator was rocking gently, I started the set the timer for 1 hour. I know that at the end of the hour, the peanuts will not be done, so I will run cold tap water over the cooker in the sink until the pressure valve falls. Then I’ll open the cooker, add more (hot) water to the 2/3 full line again and cook for another 1 1/2 hours. From past experience, I know they will not be tender yet, so I will cool and open the cooker, make sure there is enough water and cook them another 1 to 1 1/2 hours. They are beginning to smell like I’m gonna be eating them tonight. I can hardly wait.

  • Ted Fusko

    This is how we do it in florida put the peanut shell end in your mouth bite to crack suck the juice out then get the nuts out and eat them.
    These are perfect setting around grilling with friends and family having a cold beer and boiled peanuts. Even the kids in our family love them I mean little ones 3 year olds! We have some boiling right now.

  • Dustin

    I love boiled peanuts! For something a little different try using indain chili powder( it is hotter) and red curry seasoning. Just put the seasoning in an old coffe grinder to get them nice and fine, the peanuts absorb them better that way. Then you have nive spicy international peanuts haha.

  • David Cribb

    To reiterate what several people have said, raw peanuts have been dried, green peanuts have not. I prefer green peanuts, of course. When raw, dried peanuts are my only option, I will submerge them in clean water(not always easy to do) until they no longer float (about two days) and then they cook more or less like green peanuts.I have also found that if I soak green peanuts overnight before boiling that they cook much more evenly, for example you won’t get a mushy peanut and a crunchy peanut for the same amount of cooking time. I boil them until the consistency is to my liking and then let them soak until the flavor of whatever I am trying to achieve is correct,i.e. salt, spices. I like the soy sauce and star anise suggestion. Think I will go try that. Thanks

  • Pam Kelly

    You can get boiled peanuts at Food Lion in the nuts section for $1.79.

  • Terri Sprague

    I grew up on the west coast, from the SF Bay Area into Northwestern Washington. I had never had boiled peanuts. I had never even heard of them. Then at age 21, I lived in Tampa for a year and discovered boiled peanuts. They were one of the best things I had ever tasted in my life. Now at 50, I still think that they are the one of the best.

    Regional food can be interesting. I grew up with anise growing on the side of the beaches in California. Very good to nibble on. And great for settling a sick stomach.

    I also grew up with wild blackberries in the North West (Oregon and Washington). And clover, too. The really big kind that you suck the juice out of. Very, very good stuff. At the end of August (if it has been a hot summer) it is not unusual to find cars parked on the side of the road, while the occupants are out picking blackberries off of the plants growing there.

  • Uncle John

    I live in Suffolk VA, where “Mr. Peanut” (y’know – the dancing peanut guy with the top hat and cane) originated. My wife is from Vietnam. So both of us have a bit of history with boiled peanuts. This evening I had a hankerin’ for boiled peanuts, so we picked up a pound and a half bag of dried raw peaunts at THE LOCAL ASIAN FOOD MARKET. That’s the place to get them. From Alabama to Chicago, from Boston to Seattle you can find them at most asian food markets. (It’s January now, so no green peanuts, even here in Suffolk.) Anyway – I told my wife I’d cook them and she says ‘You don’t know how’ and I said ‘Yes I do’. So while she’s not looking I’m here on the internet to find a recipe (LOL). So tomorrow my wife will have a special surprise with addition of Old Bay to the pot. Wish me luck :)

  • Skye MacAllister

    Boiled Peanuts! A true gift from God!

    I love ’em salty, spicy, hot, sweet, anyway you can serve ’em, I’ll take ’em! YUM!!!

    Got four pounds of raw peanuts, getting them ready for the “bilin’ pot” right now!


  • spaggie

    Lorraine, this time of year, you may be able to find them at a 99 Ranch Market. I saw some there last week when shopping for some daikon.

  • Lorraine

    I live near San Francisco. Where do they sell green raw peanuts? I have never seen them here. Anyone? Thanks.

  • Mikey's Hot Boiled Peanuts

    I’ve been boiling and selling peanuts at a roadside stand, at local fairs, and local festivals in mid Georgia for nearly 15 years now. Just browsing the web for Cajun recipies and am amazed how many don’t understand the differences between “green” or “dry” boiled peanuts.
    – Green peanuts are fresh out of the ground, washed, and sold immediatlly before drying out or going bad because most retailers keep them in coolers and refridgerators to keep them moist which in turn causes them to grow mold. The majority of them are shipped to companies for different types of processing like peanut butter, peanut oil, ect. The best time to get green peanuts is when the farmers start pulling them out of the ground which (in south Ga) is between the end of July to the beginning of September. Florida’s harvesting time is longer b-cuz their climate is warmer. Getting them any other time would certainly mean they have been frozen raw then thawed for selling which leads to loss of original flavor and texture when boiled. Green peanuts are best for those that want to boil their own due to the short boiling times (usually 3 to 4 hrs on full boil longer on simmer or crock potting) Note: Boiling green peanuts too long causes the meat to adhere to the shell. After cracking the peanut in half, you’ll have to dig with your teeth like a mad chipmunk to get the meat out of the shells which is virtually impossible.
    – Dried peanuts are pulled out of the ground, washed, tumbled in dryers to clean all shell surfaces and extract all moisture, then stored for shipping. They are more suited for us peanut vendors. The drying allows the peanuts to last all year long. They can also be roasted or fried. Yes “fried”! The down side is that it takes anywhere from 9 to 15 hrs to boil them (according to what time of the year they’re bought). I prefer Valencia peanuts from New Mexico. They’re not too meaty, just the right snacking size (I call them the “ball-park peanut”), they have a red skin that illiminates the meat from sticking to the shells which allows for longer simmering/selling times, they taste better the longer they simmer (3 days max for me), ect. the list of benefits for me are long.
    I should mention that there is a wide difference in taste between a green and dry boiled peanut so give each a try. Not all vendors sell the Valencia peanut so try different stands. Ask what type they offer and for God’s sake TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!

    Here are two main things to look for:

    Sour – Just tasting isn’t the best method. Smell the steam from the pot. Check for a hint of a moldy smell. Still can’t tell? Ask the vendor to bring up a scoop full for you and take two of the lighter colored nuts, let them cool off for about 30 seconds, then rub em with your thumb and finger to see if they’re slick.
    Burnt – Sometimes the vendor will let the pot run out of water and burn the peanuts at the bottom of the pot. To correct their mistake they will pull all the unburnt peanuts out, clean the pot, and refresh the pot with the unburnt ones. This may or may not effect the taste of the peanut but if your like me aroma is the best part of eating boiled peanuts. There’s nothing worse than jumping back in your and opening a container of peanuts to get a wiff of burnt peanuts. So it’s best to have the vendor put a lid on the cup or close the bag tight, get in your car, then open the container and take a big wiff before you drive off.

    Mikey’s Hot Boiled Peanuts – Located in Middle Ga. Corner of Hwy129 and Hwy212. Stop by and I’ll share some peanut boiling secrets with you ;-)

    Thank you for the tips Mikey! ~Elise

  • Natalie

    I live in Texas, which is part of the south from what I understand…but most of my Texan friends are unfamiliar with these delicious gems! And they always knock it before they try it, and most won’t even try them! I grew up in Pensacola. My Grandmom was from South Carolina (where I just learned the boiled peanut is the official state snack), I can’t imagine growing up without them. I have a batch going now. :) Thanks for the post.

  • Celita Cope

    Howdy, I was raised in the southern part of Alabama, and bowled Peanuts,were a weekend treat for us kids.I remember the smell of them cooking.
    I have lived in the mid west now for about 24 years. No one has heard of them unless going south for Vacations. I have since then decided to open a small place, selling boiled peanuts,Lemon aid,and,sweet Ice tea. I would say that 1 out of 3 people whom try them like them. They are very addictive if you like’m. If you haven’t tried them please do,they are good and good for ya!
    thank ya’ll for the memories….

  • dickie

    I’ve lived in S.C. all my life and to me everything is better in the south. But for boiled peanuts nothing is better. I make 6 or 8 big batches a year and after everyone leaves I freeze the rest. If you happen to get too much salt in them don’t worry, just pour the salt water out put fresh water in the pot (peanuts too) and reboil. This will take the salt out. The longer they sit in the water the salter they get or the less salty. So simple anybody can do it.

  • Travis

    I remember one girl trying to take dry roasted peanuts and try to boil them. Problem was, with the peanuts in that dry state, it wouldn’t soak up any water.

    I haven’t tried the raw peanuts from NAS Jax’s commissary, but that will be next. I was always fond of the green peanuts which they said were immature peanuts before the drying process. I just remember the tell tale sign that the peanut is a green peanut because of the reddish purple flesh inside the peanut, whereas the roadside stands in northeast Florida are tan colored fleshed peanuts, the colors showing after being boiled. To me, the green peanuts had more flavor than the tan colored peanuts inside the hull.

    Down here in Florida, my dad tried growing peanuts. We grew them without problem, but because of the sandy soil around here, ten washings couldn’t get all the sand off the peanuts. We made sure to keep finding ways via grocery stores and produce stands to get the green peanuts though. Now my wife is addicted to them, provided they are the low salt version I make, and not the heart attack inducing high salt content that my dad tries ruining my batches with.

    One thing I’ve noticed, is that nobody mentioned drinking sweet tea with the boiled peanuts. They say boiled peanuts is “Country Caviar”, and sweet tea is the “House Wine of the South”. I need to try that putting honey in with the brine, but I usually drink my 1 and a fourth cup of sugar infused gallon of tea with my boiled peanuts, and it creates a sweet and sour sensation. For a six quart pressure cooker full of floating peanuts, I usually put in just a fourth to one half of a cup of salt. I believe this enhances the flavor of the peanut meat, without making it so all you can taste is salt and feel your arteries flare up unlike how my dad makes it.

  • Mila

    I saw this post on a list of older posts that I hadn’t read yet, had to click on it! I live in Manila, Philippines, and have grown up on boiled peanuts. I didn’t realize how regional it was in the US until I went to college in California; couldn’t find the darn things anywhere till I spied them in an Asian grocery. For me a bag of boiled peanuts will always kindle memories of my father coming home late at night, giving me a bag while I watched tv. He’s a quiet guy, my dad, but he knows what I like.

  • Emily

    I saw some raw peanuts at a fruit stand last week, so I grabbed a bag of them. Mine have been simmering in the crockpot for a while now and I think they’re JUST ready for eating. I never thought of using crab boil – I use Cajun seasoning. I’ve still got some raw peanuts left, so I’ll def. try them with the crab boil!

    When I lived in Florida, boiled peanuts were in just about every convenience store. You scooped them out of the crock pot with a slotted spoon into a styrofoam cup. Now that I’m back home in Louisiana, they’re hard to find. The first time I tasted boiled peanuts, I thought my friend was crazy for eating wet peanuts but this is my favorite way to eat them now!!

  • Jackie in Tampa

    Love them! Downtown Tampa years and years ago a little elderly man sold them in little brown paper bags. Think about 50 cents. Once on a road-trip a co-worker proceeded to pop them in his mouth & ate them shell & all. But then he was the same person who liked dog biscuits. If you buy raw from store make sure you buy the ones for boiling. I cooked them all day long & still not done when my husband realized I had purchased the wrong kind. This is my first time on this site. Found it in magazine in doctors office.

  • Wes

    If you want boiled peanuts year around, you can freeze them after boiling them. You can reheat them in the microwave or in boiling water. If reheated in water, add some salt as fresh water will take some from the peanut. I generally taste the water to make sure I have the right amount of salt. I like the saltiness to be about what ocean seawater.

    There is nothing better than eating a steaming pan of boiled peanuts and washing it down with a grape Nehi soda, on a tin roofed porch with a gentle rain coming down. That was my grandparents house and porch. Fond memories from long ago.

  • TexGEOas

    The best peanut for boiling (green or dry) is the Valencia. The worst peanut for boiling (very thick-shelled and almost impossible to boil) is the Virginia roasting peanut. The Valencia is a thinner shelled, longer, skinnier peanut with up to four nuts in a shell. It is grown mostly in New Mexico. The boiled peanut stands use the Valencia.

    I boiled some locally purchased Virginia peanuts for a total of 16 hours over two days and they never got done! Valencias are done in 4 hours or so (faster if pressurized).

    Valencias are much harder to find in normal markets but it is definitely worth the effort to locate them. It will make your boiled peanut experiance a lot better.

  • Rush Montgomery III

    You can buy raw peanuts at Wal-mart. I make them all the time in a crockpot, but I add soy sauce instead of salt (seems to saturate the husk better) and lots of spices.

  • Mrs. L

    Dang. I picked up some green peanuts at the local farmers market a few weeks ago and they’ve been sitting there ever since with me trying to figure out what to do with them. Alas, I think they’ve already spoiled :(

  • Bret

    Hi, Elise! I’ve been reading through your recipe blog for some time now and this one really brought back some fond memories.

    I grew up in a small, rural town in Georgia, and a friend of the family was a peanut farmer, so we got them right out of the ground, picked and cleaned them, and they went straight into the pressure cooker.

    I remember watching tv with my dad, eating boiled peanuts, and tossing the shells into a large, brown paper grocery bag on the floor. :)

    I’ve never tried to make them, so I don’t know what his method is yet.

    I hope that you’ll include a pressure cooker method as it seems to be fairly common judging by previous comments here.

    Thank you, and I look forward to trying more of your recipes (the prime rib one ROCKS!).

  • Dixiedarling

    We steal ours from a field in South Georgia after they have been pulled up and before they have picked them up. I count on my family ties from keeping me out of jail. Ha ha.

  • Renni

    My Asian grandmother used to boil the peanuts with a bit of sugar instead of salt. As a kid I loved sucking on the shell first to get that sweet taste before eating the nut(s). I’m going to have to buy some raw peanuts this weekend and share the joys of boiled peanuts with my sons.

  • Grace

    As a child from an Alabama peanut farm, let me encourage you to seek “green” raw peanuts, not to be confused with the environmentally responsible growing conditions, but with their undried state. They are even harder to find, but well worth the effort.

  • David

    Use lots of salt. 1/4 cup per pound is for parts of the world where salt cannot be found. We cook ’em by the bushel and take some out for freezing in gallon ziploc bags before they’re done. The partially cooked frozen goobers keep well and can be dumped in boiling salty water for only an hour or two if you want some in a hurry.

  • Zena Sue

    Being from south Georgia and growing up on Boiled Peanuts, I think most recipes neglect to state ‘Green Peanuts’ instead of just ‘Raw Peanuts’. Raw Peanuts that you buy in the store have been dried out, take a lot longer to boil and do not taste nearly as good.

    Good point! I’ll elaborate in the recipe. ~Elise

  • Val

    I was born in Alabama and I love boiled peanuts and all the other good Southern food!! I visit every summer and always pick up canned boiled peanuts and other things I can’t get up north (BAMA Jelly, Blue Plate mayonnaise, Dale’s steak sauce and flavored instant grits – my kids love them)!! The canned peanuts are pretty darn good although the roadside ones are definitely better. Thanks for posting another great Southern recipe!

  • Tauna

    Elise, We make these all the time. It doesn’t have to be warm or cold out for us. I’m from Northeastern Ohio and My husband is frome the “Everglades” in Florida. The first time I heard him talk about getting “Hot Boiled Peanuts” I thought he was out of his mind! lol Others who have commented on this recipe are right, depending on where you go to get them, depends on how they are flavored. Where my husband comes from, they use a bunch of hot spices, hot pepper seeds, hot oils, etc. We buy our peanuts at our local ‘Wal-Mart” since our farm markets don’t sell the raw peanuts, and we put them in our large electric crock-pot. I set the timer for 24 hours, put the water, 2 1-lb. bags of nuts, and about 1/8 of a cup of curshed red pepper flakes in, then let it go. They turn out perfect every time. We prefer the hot one over the plain salted ones, they just have more flavor and kick. I’m thinking about using some chipolte peppers next time, just to give it more of a smokey taste. MMMMMM gotta go make some now. Take care!!

  • SaLena

    Wonderful! I had to do a double take this morning when I read the lastest updates. I grew up in Alabama. One of my fondest high school memories is giving a “Yankee” student teacher a bag of boiled peanuts to sample. When we asked her later how she liked them, she said she didn’t much care for them. We were dumbfounded…until we found out she had eaten shell and all.

    LOL, oh, that’s a riot. :-) ~Elise

  • Julie

    A friend of my used to host a great party every fall – a Peanut Boil! Lots of beer and other snacks, a big pot of boiling peanuts over an outdoor fire, shells everywhere. Lots of fun.
    Of course, being a Georgia girl I always loved them from in the paper bag from the road side stand with the hand-painted “hot boiled peanuts” sign. Yum. I’m in the mid-west now……wonder if I can buy raw peanuts anywhere???

  • mel

    Boiled Peanuts are also very popular in Hawaii, although our variation is Chinese inspired, boiled with star-anise and Hawaiian salt. They have a unique, addictive flavor and texture, not unlike Edamame. They’re so common here that you can buy them pre-made in bags in every supermarket and corner convenience store!.

    Here’s a link to a basic Hawaiian Boiled Peanuts recipe:

  • Nate

    In Hawaii boiled peanuts are must and welcomed snack. Hawaiian-style is basically the Chinese-style with the bit of star anise. Always a hit at sports events or just sitting around watching TV. Loved by generations!

  • Abby

    I’m with Jean P. This North Carolinian is NOT fond of them! Of course you rarely see them in Western N.C. Sometimes Down East, you do. I’ll just stick with my grits!

  • Supriya

    I grew up eating these in an Indian household. My grandparents’ farm used grow peanuts, and I loved to snack on these when I was visiting. My mom still picks up raw peanuts from time to time at the vegetable markets on Devon Street in Chicago, which is filled with Indian stores.

  • Ellis

    Kentucky is still too far north for boiled peanuts, so my family always stops at the roadside stands in S.C. whenever we pass through. Eating them while driving is an adventure, especially hot out of the pot. I have memories of my dad boiling huge pots of peanuts on fall Friday afternoons and taking grocery sacks full to the high school football games, just to share with people in the stands near him. Based on his recipe you don’t have nearly enough salt, though.
    People have their own preferences, a lot of folks love those big Virginia peanuts, but I’ve always liked the smaller ones–they seem to stay more firm.

  • Dona

    The first time I had boiled peanuts was on a visit to Florida. I loved them!! When I got back to Northwest Arkansas and commented on them everyone was amazed at the thought of boiled peanuts. I made some and a few liked them and a few didn’t.

  • Karen

    I love boiled peanuts — I recently asked my grandfather for the recipe, and he just said, “Get a bag of peanuts, dump ’em into some water and boil ’em until they’re done.”

    This is a bit more of what I was looking for :) Same idea, but with the measurements and instructions that I need!

  • Jean P

    One short sentence: Not all Southerners love boiled peanuts!

  • Lisa_S

    I got completely addicted to goobers (boiled peanuts) when I lived in FL for 6 years – fortunately there’s no intervention required, just some salt, cayenne, tabasco, and beer and a crock pot. Yeah, I like them “Cajun Style.” And they’re best when boiled in a beer-water-salt base.

    For supplies, I recommend going to They have raw peanuts by the pound and they have pre-boiled (regular, Cajun) in cans – depending on your needs for instant gratification. Shipping is cheap. You can also find them boiled and frozen on eBay.

    And if you have left over raw peanuts (uncooked) don’t forget the birds and squirrels who love them this time of year.

  • PetiteKitchen

    Boiled peanuts. Yum. I bet you could eat it with the grits.

  • Nick

    Never tried or even seen these before. I did buy a bag of them the other day specifically for this task. Does it matter if they are already roasted? And what about if you shelled them first?

    Yes, they need to be raw, and in the shell. You can likely get them at the Davis farmers market, Nick, though it’s quickly getting to the end of the season. ~Elise

  • Sylvie

    I’m intrigued. I have never seen or heard of these, but being a peanut lover, I’d love to try them.

  • Garrett

    I love the Vietnamese version of these best. A few tiny, fiery chili peppers tossed in the water with a few star anise. Delicious! Still, Old Bay and Paprika sound delightful as well.

  • Sherrie

    I grew up in the south and believe me that is a staple food as far as I am concerned. I live in UK now and have no access to peanuts either green or dried. (there is a difference)
    We always had boiled peanuts and boiled chestnuts at our house every fall. Yummy !

  • Alyssa

    Boiled peanuts go hand-in-hand with FSU football here in Florida! I miss both horribly now that I’m attending a school that doesn’t have a football team! At least I’m still in the south and can get boiled peanuts from road-side stands and produce stands! Go Noles!

  • Carolie

    Mmmmm..squeaky, soft, salty boiled peanuts! Thanks for the memories, Elise. Now to see if I can beg someone to send raw peanuts to Japan!

    When we were growing up, we often dropped salted peanuts (boiled or not) into bottles of RC Cola or Coca-cola. Something about the combination of the sugar and the salt, and the textures was just heaven.

  • Kate

    Oh the ubiquitous ‘bawled’ (or ‘bowled’ or ‘bulled’ – it depends) peanut – the stands are all over Georgia roadsides right now. Boiled peanuts are a favored tailgate (really, anytime) snack now that football season’s coming to a close. Better than beer nuts, some say, but I can’t seem to stomach the things. I’m always amazed at the regional differences in boiled peanuts – I can never decide if it’s the peanuts or the method that makes them different, but there is a noticeable difference between states, or even within the states (ex: North Georgia vs. South Georgia). Hope you enjoyed making them!

  • Bob

    Heh, I must be very Northern, I’ve never even heard of these. But I love peanuts, I’m going to have to try them.

  • Kelly in Louisiana

    Even if you don’t like roasted peanuts, southern boiled peanuts are worth a try. Down here nothing is lightly salted or seasoned. The peanut is transformed into a carrier for the flavoring and you can feel your blood pressure rise even before you eat them.

    I like my boiled peanuts on the al dente side. To get the right amount of saltiness for the shorter cooking time, I find you have to use more salt than you could possibly think necessary. I almost feel like I’m getting close to the saturation point before there is enough salt.

    Also, if you want the peanut to soak up the salt but not get too mushy just turn off the heat and let them sit in the salty water for a few hours after boiling. If you don’t allow for proper salt absorbtion you end up with only the shell and juice having any salt flavor. I’m not a huge fan of salt so I don’t drink the juice, but the peanut is just not right without tasting salty through and through.

  • Kalyn

    Very interesting, and fun to get a true southerner’s take on it! I didn’t know the peanuts actually got soft when they were boiled.

  • Amelia

    My favorite boiled peanuts are the ones you add sugar or honey to the water, gives the nuts a sweet edge with the salt that is wonderful. Give it a try.

  • Tom

    I had never heard of boiled peanuts before. I find mixed nuts and peanuts totally addictive. Sounds like something well worth trying.

  • Tres Amie

    I love southern boiled peanuts! I have also had boiled peanuts in a Chinese Dim Sum restaurant where they were flavored with soy sauce and asian seasonings. Very tasty, and interesting to eat with chopsticks :)

  • Kathleen

    I am from North Carolina and I have fond memories of eating huge, salty boiled peanuts from a brown paper bag, bought from a roadside stand. Every now and again I get a hankerin’ for em and I just have to make a batch. The several hours it takes to get them just right seems an eternity. I use a crockpot to make mine. Let them go for at least 2 hours before checking them. Until they start absorbing the water, the peanuts float. It takes at least 2 hours for them to get a good soaking. Sometimes you have to add a little extra (plain) water after a couple of hours, make sure it’s boiling hot to keep the cooking going. Before starting make sure to rinse the peanuts thoroughly until you get clear water (this cleans them and the shells absorb the water which softens them and gets them started cooking faster.) Darn, now I wants me some boiled peanuts, I think I’ll go start a batch now.

  • RM

    I grew up eating boiled peanuts. I now live in the midwest and people look at me like I am crazy when I mention them. The good thing is we do have peanut farms in my state and I have make boiled peanuts for friends and they love them!!…

    Thanks for sharing with the rest of the world.

  • Aimee

    Gawd I love boiled peanuts! :)

  • Karen

    If you don’t want to cook for hours, put peanuts in a pressure cooker, add salt and enough water to cover the peanuts, and cook at 15 pounds for 5 to 10 minutes. The shortest time is for peanuts straight out of my father’s garden. The longest for ones that have been setting around in a grocery store. You can always test once the pressure has come down, and decide if you need a little longer.

    Great suggestion, thank you Karen! ~Elise

  • Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Any recipe that passes muster with Steve-Anna is a recipe I’ve got to try! I’ve had boiled peanuts while traveling through the South, but never once thought to try making them myself.

  • Carolina

    I’m waiting for my cousin in Atlanta to send me some, I think he forgot and soon there won’t be any left, and I will be really p***ed!! I would make some myself if I had a clue where to buy raw peanuts.

    • Robert

      You can buy raw peanuts at Walmart or Fresh produce stands.

    • Beth

      Our son-in-laws mother makes them for us whoever she visits from Hawaii. I never realized they were a southern dish until I started looking up recipes to make them at home. She told me that Asian Markets and feed stores would be a good place to find raw, or “green” peanuts. I hope you and I are both able to find them.

  • sari tjio

    Hi Elise.. great post.. i’ve been following your blog for sometime now. Boiled peanut is also very popular snack in Asia. In my country (Indonesia), it is widely sold at the street sides, normally in the evening. You could easily spot the vendor by the brightly lit oil lantern and of course the smell of the nuts. If you bought it, the vendor would have them wrapped in used newspaper in a cone shape. Just like what you said.. people usually toss the shells at the street side. Love those..

  • John

    I spent a summer, when I was 10 years old, on a peanut farm. I distinctly remember when they made boiled peanuts from them, since it was a way we could cook them to eat some of our crop, without having to go through the bigger process of having them roasted.

    I once had another southern friend, many years later, compare them to edamame when we described that to him. He said edamame was “the yuppie version of boiled peanuts”.

    Interesting to see them posted in a recipe :-)