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Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts

Sitting on a big rock, enjoying those warm, salty, soft and pea-nutty gobs of joy served in a paper sack from a roadside stand with an ice cold coca-cola in a bottle are some of my best childhood memories. My childhood version hosts a spurious character dipping slimy peanuts from a questionable warming box but in my grown up version, Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts are served up by me!

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Boiled Peanuts Recipe

If you’ve been looking for the perfect boiled peanuts recipe, you’ve come to the right place because this one is fast, salty and you can cook your peanuts up as soft or as hard as you prefer, what could be better than that?

hot boiled peanuts sign

What Are Boiled Peanuts?

Boiled Peanuts are a southern delicacy (or at least they used to be). As a kid, one would find boiled peanuts along majorly traveled state roads and often in conjunction with a fruit stand.

The hand painted signs advertising “fresh watermelon, peaches” also notified the passerby of “Hot Boiled Peanuts”.

Nearly always, the handmade stand would sit just off the road under a large shade tree. The parking area covered with sand and red dirt where the grass had worn away. Given a moment, the grouchy and wary attendant would become chatty with “where ya’ll headed today” as he dipped out peanuts and rung up peaches.

The great news? No seedy road side stands (not that you can even find one anymore). No waiting for vacation to enjoy boiled peanuts!

You can make these pressure cooker boiled peanuts yourself at home in your pressure cooker! These work in an electric or stovetop pressure cooker or in an instant pot.

What Kind of Peanuts Do I Use?

You need to find RAW peanuts (kind of like what you feed squirrels in your backyard).

I bought mine on Amazon because it isn’t something that you find in my local grocery store.

Here’s a link to the peanuts that I bought, you can go there and look around to compare prices. Loaves and Dishes is an affiliate of Amazon and does receive a commission should you decide to purchase. All earnings go to support the work here plus 10% is tithed.

Amazon Peanuts

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What Kind Of Pressure Cooker Do I Use?

This recipe works equally well with any of the following:

  1. Electric Pressure Cooker
  2. Stove Top Pressure Cooker
  3. Instant Pot

Here’s What You’ll Need

ingredients for pressure cooker boiled peanuts
  • Kosher Salt – dependable level of saltiness in the water
  • Fresh Water – it’s best to avoid chlorinated water for this recipe for taste reasons.
  • Raw Peanuts – You want dried peanuts, in the shell that haven’t been roasted or salted.
boiled peanuts in a bowl

Here’s How It’s Done

  1. Wash the peanuts and remove any bad ones, sticks, rocks, etc.
  2. Place the peanuts, salt and water into the pressure cooker and give it a stir.
  3. Cook at full pressure for at least 70 minutes up to 2 hours and allow a natural release.
ingredient in a bag

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can Boiled Peanuts Spoil?

Keep boiled peanuts covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can I Freeze Boiled Peanuts?

Boiled peanuts are best if you do not freeze them. The texture changes when you freeze them and they become mushy.

How to Store Boiled Peanuts?

Store boiled peanuts in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Are Boiled Peanuts Soft?

Yes, the shells and the nuts are softer than peanuts you usually eat

What Do Boiled Peanuts Taste Like?

Boiled peanuts have a great nutty taste and are a little softer than the peanuts you usually eat. It’s kind of an acquired taste, but a taste worth acquiring.

Tips and Tricks for Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts

  • Definitely wash your peanuts with warm water before cooking. Remember that unlike roasted peanuts, whatever is on the shell will be cooked into the peanuts and you want them clean.
  • Remove stems and sticks and any obvious dirt from your peanuts.
  • Remove the broken and poor peanuts and discard or save to give to the birds.
  • Use Kosher salt. If you are using table salt, only use 1/2.
  • It’s difficult to overcook these, so don’t worry if you go over on the time. I’ve cooked them for as long as 2 1/4 hours and still had good results.
  • Pour the water off and let the peanuts drain in a colander then save in a zip lock container for up to 5 days.
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Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts

Hot, soft, peanuty and just like you remember being served at a roadside stand.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pressure cooker boiled peanuts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Raw Peanuts
  • 1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 10 Cups water

Instructions

  • Place the peanuts into a colander and rinse well with water. Use care to remove stems, sticks, rocks or anything that you notice clinging to the peanut hulls. Rub the peanuts well with your hands to remove any dirt.
  • Place the peanuts, water and salt into the pressure cooker and stir well to make sure everything settles in together.
  • Bring pressure cooker to high pressure and hold for 75 minutes (see notes). Allow for full natural release.
  • Drain from water, keep refrigerated when not in use.

Notes

  • The amount of time you hold these peanuts at full high pressure is up to you. The longer they cook, the softer they become. I’ve done everything from 75 minutes up to 2 hours. You’ll want to try this recipe several times and settle on the cook time you prefer for how soft you want the peanuts to be.
  • Definitely wash your peanuts with warm water before cooking. Remember that unlike roasted peanuts, whatever is on the shell will be cooked into the peanuts and you want them clean.
  • Remove stems and sticks and any obvious dirt from your peanuts.
  • Remove the broken and poor peanuts and discard or save to give to the birds.
  • Use Kosher salt. If you are using table salt, only use 1/2.
  • It’s difficult to overcook these, so don’t worry if you go over on the time. I’ve cooked them for as long as 2 1/4 hours and still had good results.
  • Pour the water off and let the peanuts drain in a colander then save in a zip lock container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Sodium 7092mg296%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A Verse To Share

Ever feel convicted by a verse? How about a whole chapter? I’m going to point you towards the book of James. There’s lots of good stuff in there about how everyone is a child of God. We honor God by treating all people the same. In addition, faith alone isn’t enough. Works are required.

So, I ask you, “what are your works”? Let’s see them.

Have you been busy multiplying what God has given you? Have you been lazy and slothful sitting and playing on your phone instead?

Did you take responsibility for everything you should have or did you pawn that off on someone else and let someone else strain under the yoke of carrying your weight?

Your faith is demonstrated in your works.You

James 2:24

You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

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