Boiled peanuts are a Southern delicacy. These salty treats first reached popularity and appeal at the beginning of the early 1900s. Today, you can find them at roadside stands across the South.
Don’t let these blissfully simple snacks fool you: They need a healthy brine and a good chunk of time to create the perfect texture and flavor. Here’s how to make them.
Start with the right stuff
The ingredients are simple, so go for the good stuff.
You’ll need around three pounds of fresh green peanuts. If you can’t find those anywhere you can opt for dried.
If you still can’t find them, Valencia peanuts work, too. Just be sure you have peanuts that are still in the shell and haven’t been salted or cooked already.
You’ll also want a couple cups of sea salt or kosher salt to make your brine. If you’re feeling fancy, you can swap out the plain salt with salty Cajun seasoning.
Set ‘er up
Fill a large stockpot with water and add the salt. Generally, add a cup of salt for each gallon of water to get the right brine.
Bring the salted water to a boil and add your peanuts to the pot.
Let them cook
Now you just let the peanuts simmer away for around 3-6, hours. Test them about every 30 minutes to an hour. They should be tender and easy to eat.
Sift them out of the water, and serve them in a bowl.
You can eat them with or without the shells. The salty skins give the snacking experience an added layer.
Here’s a handy video of the whole process and the delicious outcome of this technique: