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Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts are a unique Southern treat. Learn how to make this delightful snack yourself at home today.
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine American, Southern
Cook Time 3 hours
Soak time 8 hours
Servings 6 people
Calories 200kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 3 pounds green unshelled peanuts
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning


  • Place all the ingredients in a large stock pot.
  • Add 8-12 cups of cold water -- enough water to allow the peanuts to float freely.
  • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, then simmer for 2 ½ - 3 hours. Test a peanut for doneness. If it’s tender enough, remove the pan from the heat. If not, continue to simmer, checking every 30 minutes.
  • Allow the peanuts to soak overnight, up to 8 hours. Peanuts can be served hot or cold.


Any uneaten boiled peanuts should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Boiled peanuts can also be frozen in plastic freezer bags for up to two months. Be sure to allow them to thaw overnight in the refrigerator beforehand.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.4g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 13.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.9g | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 1.6g | Calcium: 35mg