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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.

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