Boiled peanuts are a Southern snack: soft, salty, and packed full of protein. They’re wonderful in the summer when fresh raw peanuts are in abundance. With only three ingredients, boiled peanuts are easy to make; they just require time.
It’s a fantastic recipe to get your children active in the kitchen. They will have fun rinsing the fresh raw peanuts, covering them with water, and draining them in a colander.
I use the overnight method, and it’s foolproof. You’ll know when your peanuts are done because the shells will be darker and softer, and the meat of the peanut will be soft. When you do your taste test, take out a few peanuts from different areas of the pot.
The ones on top are usually less salty then the ones in the middle. The peanuts should have a pleasant balance of saltiness to umami. If your peanuts are not salty enough, just add a bit more salt and cook longer. If they are too salty for your liking, drain them and soak them in cold water for an hour.
Here’s a super easy overnight method for making boiled peanuts.
- 3 pounds of fresh raw peanuts
- 1 1/4 cup salt
- Water for boiling
- Rinse your fresh raw peanuts really well.
- Place them in a large pot and cover them with tap water.
- Add 1 cup of salt and stir.
- Cover the pot with a lid and bring the peanuts to a boil, then simmer for one hour.
- Shut off the stove element.
- Keep the lid on tight and don’t move the pot. Let it sit there overnight or for 10 hours.
- Drain the peanuts in a colander.
- Return the peanuts to the same large pot, and cover them with tap water.
- Add 1/4 cup of salt and stir.
- Bring the covered peanuts to a boil, then simmer for two hours.
- Take out two to four peanuts from different areas in the pot and place on a small plate.
- Once cool, crack the peanuts open and taste.
- If they are not soft enough, cook for one hour longer.
- If they are not salty enough, add another 1/4 cup of salt, stir well and cook for one hour longer.
- When the boiled peanuts are done, drain and place them in a very large bowl covered in cool water.
- Serve immediately, or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Boiled peanuts freeze well, so you might want to put some away for another time.
If you like your snacks to be on the spicy side, just add hot sauce or jalapeno peppers to the water.