Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts are very tasty, salty snack that is easy to make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Boiled peanuts can also be made on the stove. These peanuts or not like your average peanuts. They are not roasted they are boiled. They are delicious and a great high protein snack that can be easily made at home.
Boiled peanuts were made famous by the state of Georgia. Being that it’s the state crop. When driving through Georgia or South Carolina you will see stands on the side of the road selling boiled peanuts. They are also a popular snack available at gas stations in the area.
Boiled Peanuts Instant Pot
Green Peanuts are normally used to make boiled peanuts. However, in my Green peanuts are not readily available. Raw peanuts in the shell are easy to find at your local grocery store and even Asian market as they are just as delicious. Below are the ones that are used all the time that I get locally. You do not have to soak them overnight.
What do Boiled Peanuts Taste Like?
I would describe boiled peanuts taste similar to of bean. More like a salty kind of garbanzo bean. The texture is soft and the flavor is a salty flavor. And you can flavor them anyway you like with all kinds of spices. Most of the time I make cajun flavored boiled peanuts recipe most of the time. These are just the ones that I am partial to eating lately. I love boiled peanuts.
How do you eat Boiled Peanuts?
Eating boiled peanuts is simple and fun . They are a little bit different than eating roasted peanuts, and this is because boiled peanuts Will have a little bit of liquid left in them. I like to give the shell a bit of a pinch a crack it open and then I suck out the brine liquid. The next step is to crack open the shell and gobble up that boiled peanuts’ goodness.
I am going to warn you ahead of time. Eating boiled peanuts is very addictive. I always feel like it’s the same as eating pistachios. I always eat a bunch of them. There’s never a time where I just eat a few.
Do you eat Boiled Peanuts Hot or Cold?
Boiled peanuts you can be eaten right out of the Instant Pot hot when they are finished cooking. But be careful though as they will be very hot. They also can be eaten at room temperature. I usually and up refrigerating a large amount of them so they can also be eaten right out of the refrigerator.
Can you Reheat Boiled Peanuts?
Yes. Boiled peanuts can easily be reheated in your microwave. Place the peanuts in a glass bowl and cover it with a paper towel. Microwave in small increments. I find 30 second increments works well.
Ingredients in Boiled Peanuts
- Bag of raw peanuts
- Sea salt
- Cajun seasoning
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How to Boil Peanuts in Instant Pot
Making boiled peanuts in the instant pot is an easy process. Follow my step-by-step process and you will be eating delicious boiled peanuts in no time.
Rinse the Raw Peanuts
Rinsing the raw peanuts is a necessary step. Use a colander to do this to make it easy. It is important to get all the dirt off of the peanuts. Rinse the peanuts under cold water and move them around in the calendar to make sure that they are thoroughly cleaned and then add the peanuts to your pressure cooker.
Season the Boiled Peanuts
Season the boiled peanuts with salt and whatever other spices you choose. In this recipe, I season the peanuts with Salt and some Cajun seasoning. I like this flavor it’s delicious. Depending on how salty you want your peanuts you can adjust and add salt if you want them saltier. I usually use about 1/3 of a cup of salt to a pound of peanuts. If you like them saltier adjust the salt amount to about 1/2 cup. If you like them a little spicier add more Cajun seasoning.
Boiled Peanut Variations
As there are many variations to making boiled peanuts. you’re not just limited to Cajun seasoning. Barbecue seasoning is another good addition to boiled peanuts.
Cooking Boiled Peanuts
Once your peanuts are added to the pressure cooker water needs to be added to the peanuts and seasoning mixture. I find that it usually takes about 3 quarts to 3 1/2 quarts of water to cover the peanuts. Be careful not to fill the instant pot past the max line.
I usually place a trivet on top of the peanuts to keep them weighted down and submerged in the water. Pretty much anything that is flat and will fit in the instant pot on top of the peanuts can be used.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the valve to the Seal position. Pressure cook the peanuts on high pressure for a cooking time of 65 to 75 minutes.
I like the texture of the peanut after 65 minutes, but if you like them a little bit softer then lean towards 75 minutes. Cook for at least 60 minutes. Some people even cook them as long as 80 minutes for a really soft texture.
Be sure to turn off the keep warm function as this is not needed. When cooking is complete do a natural pressure release. This will take about 30 minutes or so. You will then remove the lid from the Instant Pot.
How to Cook Boiled Peanuts in the Slow Cooker
Making boiled peanuts in the slow cooker is also an easy process. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH setting for 12 hours. It is a good idea to do this overnight.
Do you Drain the Boiled Peanuts?
Once the cooking is complete drain the liquid from the peanuts using a colander. Some water will remain inside the peanuts. The”brine” liquid in the peanut is it tasty part of eating boiled peanuts.
Other Recipes to Try
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
- 1 pound raw peanuts I used a whole 24oz bag
- 1/3 to 1/2 Cup of sea salt (depending on how salty you like) depending on how salty you like it
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 3 to 3 1/2 quarts water do not fill past max line
- Place pound of peanuts in colander and rinse to remove any dirt.
- Place peanuts in Instant Pot
- Place salt and Cajun seasoning on top of peanuts
- Fill pressure cooker with 3 to 3 1/2 quarts of cold water
- Stir peanuts to distribute seasoning
- Place something heavy on top of peanuts like a trivet or even a plate to keep the peanuts submerged in liquid.
- Place lid on instant pot and turn valve to seal. Cook peanuts on high-pressure for 65 to 75 minutes depending on how soft you want them. I like them at 65 minutes. Turn off the keep warm function. When cooking is complete let the instant pot do a natural pressure release. If you like the peanuts to be a little bit stronger you can leave them in the brine for about an hour but this is not required.
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How Do You Store Boiled Peanuts?
Boiled peanuts can be eaten at room temperature for a period of 24 hours. Store boiled peanuts in air tight container in the refrigerator or in a zip top bag. Boiled peanuts can also be stored in the freezer in individual airtight bags.