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How to Boil Peanuts on the Stovetop, Instant Pot, or Slow Cooker!

Learn how to make boiled peanuts 3 ways: on the stovetop, in a pressure cooker, and in a slow cooker! Just remember: no southern party is complete without the beloved boiled peanut!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword boiled peanuts, easy appetizer recipes, easy party foods, how to boil peanuts, southern boiled peanuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Amber

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs green peanuts red-skinned are the best!
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • Cold Water

Instructions

How to Cook Boiled Peanuts on the Stovetop:

  • Thoroughly wash peanuts, pick out any leaves or stems, drain, and add peanuts to a large stockpot.
  • Fill the pot with enough water to cover the peanuts, and bring to a boil. Stir in salt to dissolve, lower the heat to a simmer/slight boil, and cook for 2 hours. After 2 hours, remove a peanut and give it a taste test. Add more salt, in 1/4 cup increments if desired, and continue to cook for another hour or two or until desired tenderness is reached.  
  • Allow peanuts to soak in the brine for another 30 minutes to 1 hour then drain and serve.

How to Cook Boiled Peanuts in the Instant Pot:

  • Thoroughly wash peanuts, pick out any leaves or stems, drain, and add peanuts to the Instant Pot insert.
  • Fill the pot with enough water to cover the peanuts, top the peanuts with the trivet to keep them covered, lock the lid into place, and set the valve to sealing.
  • Set Instant Pot to Manual/High Pressure for 75 minutes and press Start. Once cooked, allow to natural release for 15 minutes then quick-release pressure. Drain and serve.
  • How to Cook Boiled Peanuts in the Slow Cooker:
  • Thoroughly wash peanuts, pick out any leaves or stems, drain, and add peanuts to the slow cooker.
  • Fill the pot with enough water to cover the peanuts, stir in salt, cover with the lid, and cook on HIGH for 5-7 hours or until desired tenderness is reached. Drain and serve.

Notes

Note: Some people store their peanuts in the brine, but I find this makes them soggy and gross. To store, seal in a covered container and zip top bag and refrigerate up to 5 days (although they won't last that long).
To Freeze: Add boiled peanuts to a colander and shake off as much excess water as possible. Pack into sealed, airtight, freezer safe containers and freeze. When ready to eat, just thaw them in the fridge!