These Southern Style Boiled Peanuts are boiled in a a seasoned salty brine that leaves the peanuts soft and flavorful with just a touch of spice. These peanuts are the prefect food for tailgating or enjoying the game from home.
We Southerners love our food. Sometimes we love weird food that just doesn’t make any sense like Boiled Peanuts. As weird as that sounds you can’t deny that are delicious! I remember we used to get boiled peanuts every fall at the county fair. These peanuts were one of my favorite treats! Of course I’ve always loved peanuts. Whether they are salted right from the can or jar or seasoned like this recipe for Sweet and Spicy Peanuts or these Toffee Candied Peanuts there might not be a better snack anywhere.
How to make Southern Style Boiled Peanuts (full printable recipe at bottom of page):
- raw peanuts unshelled peanuts
- Creole seasoning
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- onion power
- Kosher salt
- large stockpot or dutch oven
- Place the peanuts, still in the shell, in a large stock pot. Fill with enough water to cover the peanuts. Using your hands toss the peanuts in the water to loosen and wash away any dirt that might be stuck on the shells. Drain the water and repeat twice more.
- After washing the peanuts add the salt, creole seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and water. Stir everything together.
- Use a slotted spoon to press the peanuts down to the bottom of the pot. Some of the peanuts will float back to the top of the water, that’s fine, but pressing them down will help the shells start to absorb water and seasonings. After a few hours the peanuts will settle to the bottom of the pot.
- Bring the pot to boil over high heat, then reduce to low and simmer, sitting every 30 minutes, for 6-8 hours until your desired texture. I recommend checking them at the 5 hour mark and then every 20-30 minutes until the shells are soft.
Refrigerator: store any leftover peanuts with or without the seasoned water in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.
Reheating: Place the peanuts in the microwave in 30 second increments until warm to the touch. If you stored the peanuts in the seasoned water reheat on the stove in the water over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.
Freezer: To freeze drain peanuts from liquid then transfer into a freezer safe container or freezer zip top back. Freeze for up to six months.
Thawing: To thaw place peanuts in the refrigerator overnight then reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments until warm to the touch.
I hope you and your family will love this recipe as much as we do! If you do try this recipe please come back and leave a comment letting me know how much you liked it!
Happy Cooking Y’all!