Boiled Peanuts Recipe

| September 17, 2012 | 51 Comments

Boiled Peanuts Recipe
Our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for Southern Boiled Peanuts.  Grab yourself an ice cold Nehi Soda and lets go to the drive-in.  They may take a few hours to complete, but the reward of popping these hot boiled peanuts in your mouth is well worth the wait.  Expect a little of the juice to drip down your chin as you eat them, it’s just part of the tradition and nothing to be ashamed of.


Boiled Peanuts Recipe
Southern Boiled Peanuts Recipe:


I love peanuts.  I love parched peanuts.  I love salted-in-the-shell peanuts and I love salted peanuts in long slender packages.  I love peanuts in jars and I love peanuts from cans.  But, my favorite way to enjoy peanuts has to be hot boiled.  What can I say…I love peanuts.

My first memory of boiled peanuts goes way back to around 5 or 6 years of age.  I probably had them before that but I just don’t remember them.  What I do remember, is my family being at Uncle Tom and Aunt Teen’s house getting ready to head out to the drive-in theatre.  Aunt Teen (short for Christine) and mama, had spent hours boiling a big old pot of peanuts for all of us to enjoy at the movies.  I guess we had Sweet Tea to drink but I suspicion we may have had some “co-cola’s” or a “Pepsi” to go along with them.  Or, just maybe, some Nehi Orange or Nehi Grape Soda’s. Either way, the trip to the drive-in was a big occasion.  All total, between our two families, there would have been 12 of us piling into Uncle Tom’s old panel truck for the drive to town and a night at the movies.

We’d take chairs and blankets to sit on and I guess they just charged us for the entire truck load as opposed to per person.  That’s probably the only reason we even had the opportunity to go.  For me and my cousins, it was playing in and around the truck while the grownups tried to watch the movie.  It was probably some western, I don’t know for sure.  Mostly, I just remember there was a big screen with people moving around on it.  Little did I know then that I’d spend about 14 years of my working life inside a movie theatre when I got old enough to get a job.

We probably had some popcorn, or maybe even popcorn balls to go along with the peanuts.  I remember we did that sometimes as well.  Still, it was a BIG night to head to the drive-in.  I guess for the parents, it must have been the end to a successful week of working the farm and selling some produce or eggs that gave us enough money to enjoy a little entertainment.

Like most drive-in theatres, the old Fox Drive-In in Fayetteville, North Carolina has been long gone.  Last time I noticed, part of the frame for one of the screens was still standing.  For years you could still see the old ticket office that was just off of Bragg Boulevard.  The theatre later developed a bit of a reputation as they had two screens.  The screen up front showed the family movies but then they added a second screen.  The second screen, around back, became known for it’s “un-family” films that they showed for years before the place finally closed down.

I sometimes think it’s sad that most of today’s youth have never had the experience of going to a drive-in theatre.  Yes, there are still a few hanging on but not many.  Those were just good days.

OK, I could go on and on with those memories, but you’re here to learn about boiled peanuts.  Right?  Let’s see if we can’t help you get started making some adventures of your own with our Southern Boiled Peanuts Recipe.  They’re pretty simple to make, it just takes several hours to cook them down.  But, they are certainly still worth it.  Or at least I think so.  So, if you’re ready for a salty good snack…Let’s Get Cooking!


Boiled Peanuts, ingredients.
Boiled Peanuts Recipe:  You’ll only need two ingredients, peanuts and salt.

I’m using two pounds of “raw” peanuts for this recipe.  You could use “green” peanuts if you can find them.  Green peanuts are only available for a short period of time during the growing season.  What’s the difference?  Green peanuts are the peanuts that have just been pulled out of the ground.  Peanuts grow on a bush with the nut itself growing on the roots under ground.  Farmers pull up the entire bush and pick the peanuts off.  At that point, they are known as green peanuts.  The shells are somewhat firm but will continue to dry out the longer they are above ground.

RAW peanuts are dehydrated or dry peanuts.  Raw peanuts can be used to make boiled peanuts but they must first be re-hydrated.  And then, we have roasted or parched peanuts.  Those are peanuts that have been cooked or baked already.  Roasted peanuts aren’t suitable for making boiled peanuts since they have already been cooked.

You can probably find green peanuts in your grocery store, farmers market or some food distributor during the growing season.  More than likely though, you’ll find raw peanuts in a mesh type bag or maybe a large bin where you can scoop them out by the pound.

Some folks seem to prefer the green type to make boiled peanuts.  I pretty much prefer the raw peanuts for some reason.  And, they come in several varieties that you can read more about by Clicking Here.  My favorite is the Valencia variety.  They’re not great big jumbo peanuts and they are just better tasting from what I’ve tried otherwise.


Boiled Peanuts, wash-well.
No matter which type of peanut in the shell that you have, you’ll want to begin by washing them.

I just dump them in the sink and run some cool water over them.  Then, I swirl them around a bit to remove any dirt or dust that might still be trying to hang on.  The peanuts you buy have more than likely already been washed to some extent.  It just never hurts to wash them a bit more though.  Besides, you can enjoy the fun of chasing them all around the sink trying to get them back out.


Boiled Peanuts, rinse and drain.
After I’ve washed them around in the sink, I chase them all over the place trying to get them into the colander.  These little things can swim all around the sink.  Drain the dirty water out of the sink and then rinse them off again under cool running water while they’re in the colander.


Boiled Peanuts, water in the pot.
Get out a large pot and fill it about 3/4ths full of water.  I’m using a 12 quart stock pot and filling it up to the 8 quart mark.  The peanuts will have to boil for several hours so you’ll need to start out with a good amount of water.


Boiled Peanuts, add the raw peanuts.
Add the raw peanuts.

Now, some folks would just let them set in this water and soak overnight.  That’s highly doable and something I’ve done in the past.  But, why not go ahead and let them cook during that amount of time?  Yes, they will cook a little bit quicker if you soak them first, and if you have the time, go for it.  I didn’t want to wait until the next day to enjoy them so I’m going to just start cooking them now.  Yeah, cook them now…don’t wait.


Boiled Peanuts, look, they float.
Look, they float.  Maybe they’re just still swimming around in the pot.  Whatcha think?


Boiled Peanuts, place on the stove.
Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat up to medium-high.  Let’s get this thing to boiling.


Boiled Peanuts, cover and cook.
Once the pot of water starts to boil, reduce the heat down to medium and cover the pot.  They’ve got to boil for several hours but just don’t forget about them.  You’ll also want to keep a watch on the amount of water in the pot and not let it boil away.


Boiled Peanuts, notice the water loss.
I kept an eye on the pot and checked it after each hour of cooking.  After 2 hours, I tried a couple and found them starting to soften but still in need of cooking a lot longer.  After about three hours of boiling on medium heat, the water level had dropped by about 4 quarts of water.  The arrow points to the 8 quart mark which is where I started off at.  It’s almost down to the 4 quart mark at this point.

You’ll want to start tasting the peanuts after about three hours.  Use a slotted spoon and remove a couple and let them cool….they’re hot.  You’ll want to test them for doneness at this point as cooking times will certainly vary.  It really depends on your personal preference.  Some folks like them with a little crunch left in the bite and others want to cook them down until they are very soft.  It’s just whichever you prefer.  So, keep testing them along the way until they get to where you like them.


Boiled Peanuts, add the salt.
After about 3 hours of boiling, add the salt.  Boiled peanuts are suppose to be a little salty…just not so salty you can’t eat them.  When we started out, the shells were dry and brittle, so they wouldn’t absorb any salt at that point.  Once the shells begin to rehydrate, the salt can be absorbed inside.  From what I’ve learned, the peanuts really don’t take on any salt until the later part of the boiling process so I don’t add it at the beginning.  Most of the salt, it appears,  is absorbed once the peanuts have reached the point of doneness.  Once they’ve cooked, we’ll let them cool down in the same water.  That means they will continue to absorb salt as they cool.  Pouring too much salt in will give you undesirable results.  You could always heat them back up a little and add more salt later so don’t get carried away with adding a bunch of salt even if you’re not tasting it at this point.  You don’t want to ruin them after you’ve cooked them four hours.  You can thank me later.  OK?


Boiled Peanuts, stir them up.
After you’ve added the salt, give them a good stirring.  Replace the lid and let them continue to boil.  You could even add some hot water to the pot if yours has gotten low.


Boiled Peanuts, drain.
Some folks like to leave their peanuts in all that salt water as they eat them.  You need to try it that way at least once in your life.  Having all that juice run down your fingers and your chin, and all over your shirt or blouse, will give you a true Southern experience in eating boiled peanuts.  Just keep a towel or some napkins handy, they seem to drip all over everything.

On the other hand, you may decide to drain the liquid off like I do.  The peanuts have been allowed to cool in the salt water and I’m satisfied that they are salty enough for my taste buds.  Since I don’t really enjoy all that liquid all over my shirt as I eat them, I just dump them in the colander and drain it off.  I seem to use my colander a lot.

Also, if you plan to freeze them, you could freeze them with or without some of the water.  It’s up to you.  Experiment around with several batches and decide which way you like to do best.  I’m sure you’ll be cooking more.

Some folks also can their boiled peanuts in jars, like jam and jellies.  You’d want to keep the salt water if that’s the case.  Maybe we can do a recipe on how to can them before too long.  Normally, I’ll freeze a few for later but since they’re available pretty much all year around, I just buy them and boil them throughout the winter.  It saves on the cost of jars, lids and bands, and it’s much quicker to just pop them in a freezer bag and into the freezer.  Afterwards, you just let them thaw a bit and then heat them in the microwave.


Boiled Peanuts, serve and enjoy.
Serve them up warm…with a good ice cold Nehi Soda and Enjoy!

I don’t normally see anyone in my town that sells them already boiled.  Roadside produce stands or the farmers markets will often have them by the bag during the later Summer and early Fall part of the year.  You can also purchase commercially canned boiled peanuts at most any grocery store.  Those aren’t bad when you’re hurting for some hot boiled peanuts, but you’ll enjoy them better when you make your own.  And, it’s so simple.  I hope you’ll give them a try real soon and let us know how they turn out.

Some folks add Old Bay Seasoning or Hot Sauce to the pot as they boil.  They refer to those as Cajun Boiled Peanuts.  I’ve never tried it myself, but I understand some folks even toss a Ham Hock into the pot as they cook.  I imagine they’re good and guess that I’ll eventually get around to giving those a try myself one day.



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Boiled Peanuts Recipe

Boiled Peanuts Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 4 or more servings. 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Our step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for Southern Boiled Peanuts. Grab yourself an ice cold Nehi Soda and lets go to the drive-in. They may take a few hours to complete, but the reward of popping these hot boiled peanuts in your mouth is well worth the wait. Expect the juice to drip down your chin as you eat them, it’s just part of the tradition and nothing to be ashamed of.



  • 2 lbs. of Raw Peanuts, in the shell.
  • 1/4 cup of Morton Table Salt, or similar.


  1. Place the raw peanuts in a sink of water and swirl them around to remove any dust and dirt.
  2. Place in a colander, rinse again and let drain.
  3. Fill a large stockpot about 3/4’s full of water.
  4. Add the washed raw peanuts.
  5. Place stockpot on stove and turn the heat to Medium-High, let come to a rolling boil.
  6. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to Medium and let boil for about 3 hours.
  7. Add the salt, stir. You can also add hot water if needed at this point.
  8. Taste the peanuts about every 30 minutes from here on until cooked to desired doneness.
  9. Remove from heat and let cool.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy.


You could also add some Old Bay Seasoning or Hot Sauce if you’d like to make a Cajun style boiled peanut. We’re using raw peanuts but green peanuts work well if you can get them. Some folks prefer the green ones but they’re only available for a short period of time during the growing season.

Keywords: Boiled Peanuts Recipe, made from scratch, easy, southern recipes


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  1. Wade Henley says:

    The real Comfort food! For a break from the norm in Boiled Peanuts, (Cajun and Old Bay) try Asian, Colonial or Dill Pickle styles. For Teriyaki, add 1 cup of Teriyaki sauce, 1/4 cup of minced garlic (Fresh is best), 1 tbsp. of Soy Sauce, 1 tsp of powdered Ginger, 1/2 cup of Ketchup, for color and a hint of sweetness, a few Peppercorns and a capful of Liquid Smoke if desired. For Colonial, add 1 tsp of Nutmeg or 1 tsp of Allspice and a dash of Vanilla, 1 cup of Molasses or Maple Syrup. For Pickle flavored, add 1 pkt. of Dill Pickle flavoring to the mix and 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar. (Remaining Pickle Juice from the jar will work great too).

  2. Chris says:

    I am boiling about 7 lbs of peanuts right now, they are in season in MS. Actually the cost of spices I pour in costs close to the peanuts. I make Cajun peanuts. I highly suggest using Zataran’s Creole seasoning – about half a can for 5 pounds). Tony’s foams up don’t use it. I boil them 4 hours with the Zatarans and some salt. Then let them soak ,cool down till I can handle then probably tomorrow mourning now, and then bag and throw in the fridge. They should be killer. I have not experiment with blanching them for a day , in spicy water yet , that is next. I am also adding some spicy dry rub BBQ powder , but that is currently a military secret.

  3. Rachel says:

    Im from the Carolinas and grew up on boiled peanuts but never made them myself. Saw some green peanuts at the store and decided to give it a try. I didn’t want anything fancy – just traditional, delicious boiled peanuts. This recipe was perfect and my second batch is on the stove now. I only have Kosher salt in the house so I adjusted for that but otherwise exactly as written. They freeze and re-heat beautifully as well so this might be an every weekend thing for a while!!

  4. JohnT says:

    Awesome! I’ve added a bunch of fresh garlic toes & a moderate amount of Zatarain’s shrimp & crab boil to add a bit of southern style flavor here in Southern Louisiana.

  5. Wendy says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! These are great! I like to skip the soaking stage too. Takes a bit longer to cook them but they are yummy!

  6. Andy G. says:

    So Simple and easy and so tasty. I used a thick towel as a bib and this used to be Yankee from Philadelphia is a happy camper as is my beautiful Southern Belle Wife from North Carolina. She approved of my Peanuts so this recipe deserves 5 stars from me.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Andy, Thank you for trying our Boiled Peanuts Recipe. I’m glad you and your wife enjoyed them. I appreciate the 5 star rating. Smile. Thank you for sharing your comments with us. I appreciate your visit and do hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  7. Alison says:

    I made two of your recipes today. For dinner we had the Salisbury steak and for “dessert” we had boiled peanuts. But while we all enjoyed the Salisbury steak, my husband devoured it. We are true southerners and have loved all your recipes so far. I did cook the peanuts for a total of 8 hours. I wanted them to the point that when you bite into them the juice squirts out everywhere. Delicious! We had family game night and topped it off with boiled peanuts. It was just the kind of night I like best. Thank you!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Alison, Thank you for trying our recipes. I’m honored you tried two in one night. Smile. I’m glad you liked them. I do appreciate you taking the time to share your results with us. Maybe it will encourage someone else to give them a try. I just bought some raw peanuts. Not sure if I’m going to boil them or parch them. We’ll see. I always appreciate your visits and your support. I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Frank Stennett says:

    Used your recipe last night. Doing it again tonight. Perfect

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Frank, Thank you for trying our Boiled Peanuts Recipe. I’m glad you liked them. You make me wish I had some right now myself. Smile. I do appreciate you sharing your results with us. Perhaps it will encourage someone else to try the recipe as well. Thank you for your visits. The door is always open, so feel free to stop by any old time. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  9. Kym W says:

    If you had asked me this time last year to eat a boiled peanut, I would have looked at you like you had 3 heads. A coworker got me to try one a few months ago and I’ve been addicted ever since. I have tried to make them at home a few times and they are NEVER ready in four hours. My best attempt required closer to 10! What am I doing wrong?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kym, I’m glad to hear that you have developed a love for Boiled Peanuts. They really are good aren’t they? I doubt you’re doing anything wrong when you make yours. It depends on the peanut and how dry and hard the shell is as to how long it will take them to cook. I hope you’ll keep trying them though. Let me know how your future results turn out. Thank you for your visit, I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

    • Elizabeth Dohrmann says:

      Kym, if you soak the raw peanuts in water overnight, instead of immediately cooking them, the cooking time is shortened. Green peanuts are best(to me), but can’t be found all year like the raw ones. I use whichever ones I can find!

      Also, if they are too salty, soak them in cold water for an hour or so, and that will take a good bit of the salt out.

      Love boiled peanuts!!

    • Jim Flack says:

      If you’re using a crockpot, they need to be cooked for 12 hours on high and then LOW for the next 12 hours. I always set up my pot in the evening and then check it in the morning and cook on slow until the afternoon. 4 hours is WAY to short of a time.

  10. CJ and Franka says:

    We actually have a crockpot of them cooking now. I use the divided insert because I like them plain (salted) and hubby likes them cajun. I prefer using the crockpot on high overnight and throughout the morning so they are ready for snack/movie time. We’ve used the pressure cooker to save time, but it doesn’t allow for 2 batches.

    I lived in Florida for a number of years and learned to make them instead of buying from the roadside stands, never knew what crawled into the garbage cans they cooked them in, or how old that batch was. Ewwwww.

    Live up north now, family and friends request these during the winter often. Always looking for new additions and suggestions for the flavor. Read someone made hummus with the leftovers…interesting.

  11. Ann Swain says:

    Hi Steve,
    Your memories of past was wonderful. I’m from Charleston, S. C. and love boiled peanuts. I’ve lived in Ohio for over 50 years. My northern family and most friends love my boiled peanuts and southern cooking. I’m cooking boiled peanuts now along with the true Hoppin John made with cowpeas and hog jowls. My 20 year old granddaughter requested the peanuts.

    Christmas week I made the traditional Charleston cookies ( sands & bennyseed ). Everyone loves them.

    I’ve tried to keep and eat my southern favorites. I’ve had 2 fig trees for over 12 years and last year ate over 100 fresh figs. The trees are potted and come inside during the winter.

    I found your site by looking for a spicy peanut recipe. I have one addition to your many ways of having peanuts. My friends and I would buy a coke and small bag of planters salted ( the only kind ) and pour the peanuts in the coke. After drinking the coke we would tap the bottom of the coke bottle over our mouth to get the peanuts out. It’s a miracle we didn’t crack out front teeth.

    I’ll continue to check out your site to get a dose of home

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Ann, Thank you for sharing your peanut memories with us. I do hope you’ll take a look at my Pepsi and Lance Peanuts Pie recipe. I think we share some similar memories with the peanuts in a soda but it was always a Pepsi and Peanuts around here. Take a look if you have time. I appreciate your visit and hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  12. Ted says:

    Enjoyed a pint on my way into Myrtle Beach, found none
    while I was there. Found none on the drive
    back to Ohio too. The ones I had were Cajun and had the
    perfect kick. To get the heat and taste do you suggest ground seasonings or hot sauces?
    Can they be refridgerated so I can share them the next day? How long can they stay chilled?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Ted, I find that most of the convenience stores throughout South Carolina carry boiled peanuts. I’m sorry you were not able to find any on your trip. I haven’t made any “hot” one’s as I’m not a fan of overly spicy hot foods. Just can’t seem to handle it well for some reason. Yes, you can easily keep them in the refrigerator for over a week. Mine just never would last that long. Smile. You can also freeze them for later as well. You can find several places online that will sell and ship them to you. Just do a little search for them if you’re interested. Thank you for the questions, and I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  13. Nora says:

    hey, steve,

    i kind of like to mix the cajun boiled peanuts with the regular, so i get a bite of hot and spicy, then i get a bite of salty. grew up eating boiled peanuts. my dad was a big fan. i never got his recipe, but i’m thinking yours is very similar to how my dad made his, so i will give yours a try. thanks for posting. enjoyed the recipe/story. 😀

  14. Kevin Wilkinson says:

    Steve, Hi I’m Kevin and retired military living here in the Philippines. I’m a Florida boy and have eaten my share of boiled peanuts. A Facebook friend and old classmate recently posted that she had just returned to her house with peanuts to make boiled peanuts. It turned on a light bulb and I decided to do the same. I found your recipe and used it with the exception of adding a new ingredient.

    My Filipino friends and family here have never tasted them. Vinegar here is very popular with the stores carrying upwards of a dozen different flavors. Besides adding 1/8 cup hot sauce I add 1/8 cup sweet/spicy vinegar. I boil them for 3 12-4 hrs. First time I made them it was a huge hit and everyone loved them. Now they ask me about every 2 weeks to boil up a batch. We gather around and eat boiled peanuts.

    I buy 3 1/2 lbs of green peanuts right out of the ground for about $ 1.60 US.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kevin, Greetings to the Philippines all the way from North Carolina. A lot of the places around here that sell boiled peanuts offer a hot version as well. I’m not a real fan of hot foods, so I always get the regular ones. Sounds like you’ve made the recipe your own with the hot sauce. Thank you for sharing your results with us. One of my fishing friends is from the Philippines. He’s a pastor and was just over there for two months a week or two back. He still has family there, but I don’t know exactly where. I do appreciate your comments, and your visits to Taste of Southern. Thank you for your service to our country as well. I do hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  15. I am an accordion playing, grits and boiled peanut eating ex-Savannhian (GA) living in California, and I know a man ain’t supposed to cry, but readin’ all these comments has got me on the border of needin’ a big ole white hanky! Puts me in mind of learnin’ that there is a place “south of the border” (no, not that one on I-95 at the SC/NC border)called Cancun, and all my life I thought that’s what us po folks ate when we couldn’t get fresh coon…umm, anyways,I know there is a place off of I-16 between Dublin and Savannah that has frozen boiled peanuts that are distributed all over the place in c-stores,and I am pretty sure that Vidalia is a part of the company name. They work out of a big ole Quonset hut kinda building that you can see off to the side of the Interstate and I think I will see if I can find a phone number for them. My sister also lives out here, and her birthday is
    a- comin’ in about two weeks, and what finer gift could a brother give than some fresh boiled peanuts, with a R-O-C cola an’ a Moon pie! And where can I find me some Nehi? All seriousness aside, Thank y’all for all the memory stirrin’ and I am on the hunt for some boiled p’nuts, y’all!
    Paula, Paula Deen, where are ya honey?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Robert, Thank you for sharing your story. I pass by South of the Border often in my travels down into South Carolina. It use to always be a place I had to stop at, but I’m not so anxious to visit it each time I go by any longer. Getting older I guess. Savannah is a beautiful place, but I’ve never made it to California. Did you find those boiled peanuts? I’m very familiar with the Vidalia Peanut Company and their product. They have a Facebook page if you’re interested. I once stopped at a convenience store in South Carolina and asked about buying some bulk peanuts from them. The guy behind the counter sold me a bag of frozen, and they just happened to be the Vidalia brand. They were perfect, and the best I’d ever had. I loved them. Maybe you can order some from them. If not, Matt and Ted Lee, the “Lee Bros.” have a website where they sell them. They prepare them themselves using sea water. They are from Charleston, South Carolina. Check them out as well. I hope you find some. As for the RC Cola and Moon Pie, gotta love those as well. Nehi Grape and Orange were one of my favorites, and still available. Thank YOU for stirring up memories. I appreciate your visit and trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  16. Chris says:

    We grew up eating boiled peanuts in Hawai’i, so finding either Green or regular boiled peanuts in the South (i’m in Virginia) is a comfort food indeed. 🙂

  17. Joeann says:

    Hi Steve–

    I live in MS but I am from the peanut capital: Dothan, AL where we have our annual National Peanut Festival along with a parade and the crowning of Miss National Peanut Festival…ha! Peanut fields were all around our home and community of Wicksburg. I love boiled peanuts!! I do buy the green ones each fall at our Kroger and make a couple pots of them. In fact, some are boiling right now!!

    • Becky Heller says:

      Gonna boil some today! I remember as a child visiting family in Dothan and Wicksburg! Joeann, we are probably related! Know any Pritchetts??

  18. Dennis says:

    Two Items –
    1) I remember as a kid growing up in North Florida that my dad would buy a pickup truck load of peanuts, bush and all and pay next to nothing for it. Purpose was to feed to our hogs. Reminds me of some other things – grits but when we call it polenta we can charge quadruple. Soybeans are fed to cattle as part of silage but when they are called edamame, its a Far East delicacy. And what used to be fed to the hogs are now boiled and sold for human consumption at $6.00 a quart bag. Progress!!!

    2) I just bought a bag of boiled peanuts yesterday. I have eaten many a green boiled peanut in my 60 years on the planet and I’m used to seeing the nut (yes, i know technically it is not a nut) reddish in color. The bag I got the other day the nut was off white or tan in color. I was wondering if any of you Nut PhD’s could explain this? Not green nuts, maybe dried, different variety / hybrid? They tasted OK besides being a little too salty. Violated my rule of tasting before purchasing. It was pouring rain after all.

  19. Tricia Williams says:

    Hi Steve! I’m a South Carolinian living in Kentucky and there are no boiled peanuts in sight! Purchased raw peanuts in SC over the 4th to bring home to boil. Maiden voyage. I think some of the folks down in Charleston boil their peanuts in beer. Or at least add beer to their water. You ever hear of that? Am going to try to recipe today!! It’s even hard here to find raw peanuts but thankfully, that’s another thing can send to my door!!

  20. Amy says:

    I’m from a small podunk town in Alabama, but my husband is the Navy…so we are stationed in a place that no one has heard of boiled peanuts. I decided I would attempt to make them and stumbled across your recipe. I’m so excited to try them!! My question is when they are made how long do they keep for? Just that day? Or is my only option freezing/canning them? I would want to make them today and my husband take them to work tomorrow. So what is my option for that? Thanks for your help!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Amy, I’m sorry for the late reply. You can keep them in the refrigerator for a week or more. Freezing them would be the best option for keeping them longer. I do hope you tried the recipe and that they turned out well for you. Thank you for your visit. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  21. DAN MILLER says:


    • Roger Nolte says:

      The first time I tried boiled peanuts I did not know they were boiled. I bought them in a small bag that was sitting on the counter next to the cash register at a mom-and-pop convenience store near Ocala, Florida. When I got home and opened the shell to eat one, I still didn’t notice they were boiled, and I dropped the four nuts from the shell onto my tongue. Since the weather was hot, I was surprised the nuts seemed so cold, and when I felt how soft they were I immediately spit them out. The aftertaste was very pleasant, however, not bad anyway, and so I opened another to find it was soft and mushy too. Since I was hungry, short of money, and kinda far from town, I began eating one after another, and soon I had consumed that whole small bag. The next time I went to town, I bought another bag, and the time after that another. Before I knew it, I had to have that bag every time I passed the store. It only lasted a couple weeks, though, and before I knew it the season was over and I would never see those small, white, paper bags again. I wanted to die that day. I moved up North soon afterwards, and I tried to forget those peanuts, but I never could. Every year in the Fall, I would dream of them: that cold feeling on my tongue, the salt, and that sweet flavor I can only compare to the kiss of a pretty girl. One day, I found some in a can at the grocery store, and so I bought them and tried them. Oh, what a disappointment it was! Nothing like those small (valencias) I had gotten in the bag. They were big nuts, with only two per shell, and they seemed horrible. I ate only a few, and threw the can away. I was ready to die again that day, thinking I would never have a decent boiled peanut ever again. I eventually got over it, though, and tried to forget again, but I never really did. In the Fall, I would remember that small white paper bag and the nuts they held, and I would shed a tear or two, but life kept pressing on. I tried contacting relatives and friends in the Southern states on several occasions, but to no avail. After many years, then, one day I broke down and bought another one of those cans with the boiled peanuts I had longed for–and they were still the same. This time, however, I thought they tasted a little better than before, and I ended up eating the whole can. Not bad, I told myself, and so soon I bought another, and the time after that three! I was hooked again on those boiled peanuts–even that they were those I had despised so much before. I guess it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, even as it applies to boiled peanuts. Now with the End Times fast approaching, and I am finding myself storing up some food, I decided to look on the internet last week to see if I couldn’t find me some of those raw valencia peanuts, and so I will have them to enjoy as I watch Jesus coming in the clouds to find us here in Montana and spirit us up to join Him. It took some doing, indeed, but I finally managed to find they are mostly grown now in Portales, New Mexico. I ordered a 25lb. bag late in the day, on Monday, and they are scheduled to arrive today, Thursday. Whoop, whoop!! Yeehaw! I’m gonna boil me up some of them little peanuts–and forget about those cans forever! Oh, thank you Jesus, for all that You do to take care of us. I think I must have died and gone to Heaven, but just don’t know it yet. I am sorry if I took up too much of your time, or space on the page here. I’m just so exited, though, and I don’t think I will be able to sleep. I look forward to trying many of your other recipes, and wish to thank you for the good works you provide. Thank you again, Roger Nolte.

      • Steve Gordon says:

        Hi Roger, Loved the story. Thanks for sharing it. You might want to try and see about ordering some from Matt and Ted Lee down in Charleston, South Carolina. These guys have been selling them online for years. I prefer those smaller Valencia peanuts over the bigger one’s myself. I think they’re much better. Thanks again. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Tina says:

        Hello Roger! I was browsing through the comments here after looking at the boiled peanut recipe and was delighted to read yours! I’m in Florida boiling some peanuts now (happy face) and missing Montana (sad face). My husband is from Montana and I lived there for 25 years until a couple years ago. It will always be home for me while on this earth until Jesus Christ takes me to my forever home! May God bless you and bring you all the boiled peanuts your heart desires 🙂

  22. Chris Aylmer says:

    Thanks for the recipe and good article. I’m from Cambridgeshire in England and I’ve never seen boiled peanuts on sale anywhere in this country, or ever tried them before. It never occurred to me that they would cook by boiling…I thought they would just go rubbery. I will have a go at making them following your recipe. I do like peanuts and have been roasting my own for many years. I just cook them on a tray in their skins in the fan oven for 25 minutes at 150C (= 302F). I never add any salt or seasoning and like to eat them just as they are, once cooled. They go well with my home made ale and keep I keep them in a jar.
    I also sometimes make my own peanut butter by blending the roasted peanuts in a food processor. It takes a good while to get them down to butter, maybe 45 minutes in all, using repeated 30 second spurts and breaking up the clump of ground peanuts with a spatula after every spurt to avoid overheating the processor. To make it less tedious, I tend to give it a 30 second whirr every time I come into the kitchen rather than try and do it all in one go. There’s no hurry. I don’t add any salt or oil to the butter, just 100% roasted peanuts. I don’t like salty things at all.
    Anyhow, I’m looking forward to trying out your recipe and to see what boiled peanuts taste like without salt! I’ll report back in a few days.

    Best regards,


    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Chris, Greetings to Cambridgeshire all the way from North Carolina. I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern, and that you’re going to try our Boiled Peanuts Recipe.

      Some of them do get pretty soft, and even rubbery sometimes, but that’s the fun of slurping boiled peanuts. I’m just not sure how they will taste without the salt, that’s a pretty much needed thing here in the South. Let me know how they turn out for you.

      Perhaps you could consider making and selling them in England. You might get something big started with them. Who knows? (Smile)

      As for the roasted peanuts… we call those PARCHED in my part of the world. I need to do a recipe on that real soon. Thanks for the reminder.

      I’ve never made my own peanut butter. I can see where it would take awhile, but I bet it’s really good with the roasted peanuts. Keep up the good work.

      I appreciate you taking the time to share your comments with me, and for your visit today. I hope you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  23. Richard mcleod says:

    Hi Steve
    Have you ever tried canned boiled peanuts? Margaret holmes peanut patch brand (Macall, SC) is as close to home cooked as I.have ever had. I just open a can or 3 and put them in a crock pot and a little while later I am eating hot boiled peanuts . I live in Lexington sc.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Richard, Thank you for your question. Yes, I’ve had my fair share of canned boiled peanuts. I might even have one of those large #10 cans in the house at this very moment. They are pretty good most of the time, and a quick and easy fix when you get the urge for some boiled peanuts. I’ve also picked up another brand down in South Carolina along I-95 that’s called a Vidalia brand. They’re out of Georgia though, but I have purchased them frozen in 5lb bags a couple of times from some of the convenience stores down your way.

      Older brother and I have been all over SC delivering his cookers. I love the fact that all of the convenience stores carry hot boiled peanuts, and we will usually pickup a big cup… with an extra bag for the shells, while riding the roads. I’ve just recently started to see them in a couple of stores in my area, so they are catching on up this way.

      As for the crockpot, I just pop them in the microwave. Much quicker, but don’t tell anyone I said that. (Smile) Thank you for your visit, and I do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  24. Leah Warshaw says:

    Great easy to follow recipe. My boys loved them!

    Thanks, Leah in Louisiana

  25. Brian Terry says:

    Peggy and Katrina, that’s kind of surprising. I’d have thought boiled peanuts would be as big in TN as they were down in MS when I was growing up. But I tell you what, try finding some over here in Texas. You mention boiled peanuts around this place and people look at you like you’ve lost your mind! Now that I see how simple it is to make my own, though, I may just be making a few converts 😉

  26. Peggy says:

    Hi Steve,
    I am from South Carolina but living in TN now that I am retired. You would die laughing if you saw the impression when I received dry peanuts from Virginia in February. I was craving them and didn’t get to SC to buy any last fall.

    To save money on shipping (laughing) I ordered 25 pounds!!! Needless to say I spent a whole week making boiled peanuts to freeze. I tried to give some away and apparently these TN folks have no liking for boiled or raw peanuts!!!

    I cooked each large pot overnight in Kosher Salt, then added Old Bay, some sugar and hot sauce. They cooked about 16 hours per pot. I did learn that you can reuse the water for one more pot. Therefore, the second pot cooked in salt, etc.

    After freezing, I thaw and reheat in more hot water and salt. Luv em!!!

    Also, really enjoy your introductions to your recipes!!!!

    Peggy in TN

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Peggy, What’s wrong with those folks in TN and not liking boiled peanuts? I thought everyone in the south enjoyed them. (Smile)

      You must have had some kind of fun boiling up that many peanuts. 25 pounds is a lot. Still, you’ll be enjoying them for some time and that’s a good thing.

      When I freeze them, I normally thaw them up in the refrigerator, then pop them in the microwave. Do I lose Southern brownie points for that? I do love some boiled peanuts and could be snacking on some at this very moment if I just had some one hand. (Sigh) I really enjoying stopping at a roadside stand and getting boiled peanuts when down in South Carolina. I can’t seem to resist those boiled peanuts signs.

      Thank you for your compliment on the stories and the recipes. I truly appreciate your comments and do hope that you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

    • Katrina says:

      Peggy, I just moved to Tennessee a year ago from the Atlanta, Georgia area. I grew up in central Florida though. A friend here in TN had her parents bring me 5 pounds of peanuts from NC when they came to visit this past week because she’d heard me talking about how much I was craving them. Just boiled my first batch today and they sure hit the spot! So you aren’t the only one in TN that loves them! 🙂

  27. Mac Boney says:

    I enjoyed your walk down memory lane. I remember the Fox out near Ft. Bragg well. Been there done that as they say. Down on the coast, we will put Old Bay in boiled peanuts. He would say that when we couldn’t afford shrimp, we could always get peanuts. I have been eating boiled peanuts boiled with sea salt and Old Bay for more years that I will admit. My wife is from further inland and had never had them with the Old Bay before but likes them now. Thanks for your article.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Mac, Did you spend some Army time at Ft. Bragg? My brother and I drove through there just yesterday and talked about how much that area has changed since we were younger. I guess it’s suppose to do that though.

      Old Bay is a great seasoning and I’ve tried it with the peanuts many times. The one thing I love about travelling around South Carolina is just about every convenience store you stop at has Hot Boiled Peanuts in both the regular and spicy varieties available for purchase. I can’t resist. I’m usually driving and I just pop the whole peanut in my mouth and crack it with my teeth. I like the juice that’s inside. My brother says he hopes to one day be able to drive and eat boiled peanuts at the same time. Ha! He has to crack them and then eat them. I’m working on teaching him though.

      Thank you for sharing your comments and I hope you’ll stop by for another visit… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

      • Leonora Smith says:

        Can frozen boiled peanuts be refroze after being thawed?

        • Steve Gordon says:

          Hi Leonora, I’ve never tried to refreeze any boiled peanuts, as I don’t normally have enough left over to freeze. They will keep in the refrigerator for days, but I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze them again. It might change the texture of the peanuts a bit, but shouldn’t be a problem. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out for you.

          I appreciate your question, and your visit, and do hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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