Today’s boiled peanuts recipe will lead you to a tasty, juicy, and cost-effective finger food.
When it comes to peanuts, our first thought would definitely be the peddlers across street foods in Asia. Yes— those steaming kettles where the little soft and moist boiled peanuts are in high demand.
Surprise not, boiling peanuts at home is truly a butter-slide job. It’s a head-over-heels kind of simple!
What Are Boiled Peanuts?
Peanut or groundnut is a herbaceous crop that belongs to the legume family and originated in South America.
The fruit of a peanut is the peanut pods that develop underground and known for its earthy and legume-like flavor. Generally speaking, peanuts are super versatile— they can be used for either roasting, boiling, salting, or grinding.
Boiling peanuts is one of the easiest and most hassle-free way to make healthy snacks that we’ve ever tried.
With this boiled peanuts recipe, you don’t have to interfere with the process with any maneuver. All you need to do is set the timer and come back later to check if the peanuts are ready.
Are Boiled Peanuts Healthy?
Peanuts are in the same family as beans and lentils (they don’t belong to the nuts family, they’re from underground!). Still and all, they’re loaded with nutrients and even more than any real kind of nut.
Not only is naturally low in sodium, but raw peanuts are also rich in protein, fiber, potassium, and vitamin E.
In this boiled peanuts recipe, you’ll get 322 calories from a serving of 2 ounces of peanuts. In which, there are 252 calories from fat.
Peanuts are classified as oilseeds— a very large proportion of their harvest is mainly grown for oil. Though high in fat, most of their fat content are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
In the mentioned serving of boiled peanuts, you’ll also get 9 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber.
How to Make Boiled Peanuts
Boiled peanuts are enjoyed global-wide as they can be eaten anywhere and in any occasion. This recipe will provide you the most down-to-earth method of boiling a simple batch of peanuts.
Step 1: Rinse the peanuts
Rinse the peanuts properly and transfer them to the boiling pot.
Step 2: Add salt and water
Add salt and water to the boiling pot and stir until completely dissolved.
Step 3: Boil peanuts
Turn on medium heat, bring the pot to a boil. Let simmer for 45 minutes.
Step 4: Fish the peanuts out
Fish the peanuts out, drain. Pop one peanut to check if it’s as soft as you want. If not, return them back to the water and continue to boil, pause halfway to check until you’ve got the desired texture.
Step 5: Deshell and serve
First, please make sure you always have the boiling pot covered. By doing so, the peanuts can absorb liquid as best as possible.
Here’s an easy way to check if the peanuts have absorbed enough liquid.
After the boiling point, the peanuts will start settling down at the bottom of the pot slowly. Wait until there’s no peanut left floating on the water surface, you can fish them out to check their doneness.
The peanut shell should be soft enough after the boil. You can crack it open either by your teeth or your thumb and index finger together.
When they’re pop open, you’ll asily find the soft, ready-to-be-extracted beans inside. Then, you can easily know when the peanuts are tender or mushy to give it a “test bite”.
2. How Much Salt for Boiled Peanuts?
In Chinese, there are two popular types of boiled peanuts: boiled in saltwater or boiled in water with spices. The peanuts we’re making are the first ones.
Boiling your peanuts at home is a smart way to control the salt that’s going in. In this boiled peanuts recipe, we add only 1/4 teaspoons of salt for 24 ounces of raw peanuts.
As salt is dissolved in the boiling water, it will be absorbed in the peanuts real quick. You should always be careful since boiled peanuts get salty very easily even with just a small amount of salt.
If you’re not afraid of overpowering the natural flavor of peanuts with spices, here’s more that you can do.
Boiled peanuts can get better in taste with the companion of stronger-aroma spices. For instance, we recommend you try and get creative by adding ginger or cloves into the boiling pot.
How to Eat Boiled Peanuts?
There’s really no clear impact on the boiled peanut’s flavor when it’s served cold. Hot or cold, they’re just as tasty as they should be.
Peanuts have long been part of the Asian’s eating habits. They are an all-time-favorite in family gatherings, buffets, and casual parties.
Boiled peanuts can act like a snack or an appetizer for whichever meal you want to. Thanks to the pleasant aroma, they’re also eaten in between the cold beers in many Asia countries.
You can also take this boiled peanuts recipe up a notch by siding it with rice wine or frosty juices. They would be great when paired with a lovely platter of small biscuits on the tea table.
How Long Do Boiled Peanuts Last?
Boiled peanuts can last up to 2 days on the counter. That’s what makes it one of the most budget-friendly snack that’s readily available any moment you want.
In the Fridge
Likewise, boiled peanuts can stay even longer if stored in the fridge— they can remain edible up to 10 days.
Can You Freeze Boiled Peanuts?
Yes, of course you can. Simply transfer the leftover boiled peanuts to ziploc bags or covered containers and put to the freezer.
Boiled peanuts can be safe and savored within 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, microwave them for 1 minute and enjoy.
You can also rewarm frozen peanuts by boiling in on the stovetop. However, we don’t quite recommend this method as there are risks that the peanuts would become too mushy and squashy.
Boiled Peanuts Recipe
- 24 oz raw peanuts with shells on
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8 cup water
This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; Purchases made via these links may benefit us at no additional cost to you. Read our Affiliate Disclosure.
- Rinse the peanuts properly, then transfer them to the boiling pot. Add salt and water, stir until completely dissolved.
- Turn on medium heat, bring the pot to a boil. Let it boil and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Fish the peanuts out and there you’ve done the job. Pop one peanut to check if it’s as soft as you want. Otherwise, return them back to the water and continue to boil, pause halfway to check until you’ve got your desired consistency.
Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. Thank you!