Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts, oh so addictive!!! A salty, slurpy, nutty snack perfect for parties, game nights and tailgating. Super easy to make and ready in half the time in your Instant Pots. Yes please!!! Can be flavored with your favorite seasoning too. Vegan. Gluten-Free. Fits Low Carb & Keto too, if consumed in moderation.Video Recipe.
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Boiled Peanuts are traditionally a common snack found in tropical areas. I grew up relishing them in Mumbai, India all the time and then when I moved to the States, I occasionally enjoyed them on our roadtrips down South. Often during our road trips to South Carolina and Florida, we would drive through the rural roads just to stop by at the roadside stands to enjoy a container of briny boiled peanuts. Pulled from a cooler, filled with salty shells - some hard, some soggy - surrounding tender peanuts within. Crack open the shell, slurp up the salty water and relish the peanuts! Yum yum!!! If you are driving down south and trying to hunt for a Peanut Stand, here is a Facebook group to help you find one.
If you haven't tried Boiled Peanuts yet, they are a must try. Traditionally they about 3 hours to cook, if cooked on the stove top, but with an electric pressure cooker like Instant Pot or Mealthy, they are ready in under an hour.
5 Reasons you will love these Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
- Oh so delicious! - I cannot emphasize enough how addictive they are. Once you have the first peanut, you will not stop at seconds or thirds. They are so delicious.
- Easy to make - The Instant Pot or Mealthy MultiPot make life so much easier by reducing the time drastically and without any baby sitting.
- Party Snack - You can't go wrong serving this Southern staple at any tailgate or gamenight.
- Spice them up - flavor it with your favorite seasoning - cajun, chipotle, pepper flakes, garlicky, creole or oldbay. You won't be disappointed at all.
- Fits Low Carb and Keto - If you are not allergic to nuts, they fit a vegan, gluten-free, and even low carb and keto diet if consumed in moderation. Half a cup serving of peanuts, have about 4g net carbs.
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts Ingredients
As yummy as these peanuts are you will be amazed at how simple the ingredients are. Here is just a gist of the ingredients, you can find the exact measurements in the recipe card below.
- Green Peanuts - Don't mistake them for any peanuts. Neither are they green in color. Green peanuts are the freshly harvested peanuts with a light brown outer shell with a pinkish peanut inside. They are raw, uncooked, and not roasted either. In the States, Green peanuts can be easily found in local stores in the summer or any Asian grocery store almost all year round. If you can't find them in a store, you can get them online here. You can also use raw peanuts, however the cooking time will be more. Note - Do not use salted or roasted shelled peanuts for this recipe.
- Seasonings (optional) - Although I haven't added any seasoning in this recipe as I enjoy the briny peanuts as is, feel free to add your favorite seasoning while you boil them. I have shared some seasoning ideas in the post below.
Difference between green and raw peanuts
Although green peanuts and raw peanuts are both in the shell, the main difference between them is that green peanuts have a higher moisture content and take comparatively less time to cook while on the other hand raw peanuts need more time to cook as they don;t have that much moisture content.
How to make Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
Here is a gist of the steps involved in the recipe. You can find the ingredients measurements in the recipe card below.
- Thoroughly wash the peanuts as they will be muddy. If using raw peanuts, make sure you soak them overnight before cooking as they lack moisture.
- Throw them in the inner pot of your Instant Pot or Mealthy Multipot.
- Add salt and any seasonings if you'd like.
- Add in water just enough to cover the peanuts, approximately 1" above the peanuts.
- Optional - Place a steamer basket or deep fryer basket (that I got with my Mealthy Crisp Lid) on the peanuts to keep them from floating on the top.
- Cover the lid, seal the vent
- Pressure Cook on Manual or High Pressure
- Green Peanuts : 45 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release or
- Green Peanuts : 60 minutes followed by Quick Release
- Raw Soaked Peanuts : 80 minutes followed by a Natural Pressure Release
- When done, if consuming it immediately, strain the peanuts by transferring them into a cup or bowl using a meshed frying spoon. Or else store the peanuts in brine until ready to serve.
- Crack open the shell, slurp the brine and enjoy the soft peanuts. Throw the shell.
How to store Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
- Refrigerator - Boiled Peanuts can stay in the refrigerator for upto a week or 10 days.
- Freezer - if stores in freezer friendly containers of zip locks I have stored mine for upto 3 months atleast.
- Reheat boiled peanuts- Throw them again in some boiling water with salt and in about 10 minutes they will be perfectly fresh again.
Although I like my boiled peanuts with just salt and water you can definitely spice them up with the following flavors
- pepper flakes
- fresh garlic
- creole seasoning
- oldbay seasoning
- cayenne pepper
Hope you try these boiled peanuts and enjoy them as much as we do. Don;t forget to come back and leave us a comment. If you know of someone who is a fan of peanuts or enjoys boiled peanuts, share this with recipe with them on your social media.
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- Instant Masala Peanuts
- Vegan Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Thai Peanut Curry and Rice
- 5 minute Asian Peanut Sauce
- 1 lbs Green Peanuts in shell
- ¼ cup Salt
- Water - just enough to cover the peanuts, approximately 1" above the peanuts
- ½ a tbsp of your favorite seasoning if you like. (optional)
Thoroughly wash the peanuts as they will be muddy. If using raw peanuts, make sure you soak them overnight before cooking as they lack moisture.
Throw them in the inner pot of your Instant Pot or Mealthy Multipot.
Add salt and any seasonings if you'd like.
Add in water just enough to cover the peanuts, approximately 1" above the peanuts.
Optional - Place a steamer basket or deep fryer basket (that I got with my Mealthy Crisp Lid) on the peanuts to keep them from floating on the top.
Cover the lid, seal the vent.
Pressure Cook on Manual or High Pressure
Green Peanuts : 45 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release or
Green Peanuts : 60 minutes followed by Quick Release
Raw Soaked Peanuts : 80 minutes followed by a Natural Pressure Release
When done, if consuming it immediately, strain the peanuts by transferring them into a cup or bowl using a meshed frying spoon. Or else store the peanuts in brine until ready to serve.
Crack open the shell, slurp the brine and enjoy the soft peanuts. Throw the shell.