Classic Boiled Peanuts
It’s easy to master this roadside staple at home—boiled peanuts take hardly any effort to make. All you need are peanuts, water, salt, and time. Just make sure you choose the right peanut. Raw peanuts have been air-dried to reduce their moisture content, making them shelf-stable and available year-round. Green peanuts are freshly dug from the field and should be used within a few days of their harvest.
Choose Your Peanut Adventure
They’re delicious plain, but also try them paired with boldly flavored ingredients—from barbecue sauce to Old Bay seasoning.
By Karen Rankin
Beer and Old Bay
In Step 2, reduce kosher salt to 3/4 cup and water to 1 gallon. Stir 6 (12-oz.) cans beer, 6 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning, and 2 halved lemons into brine. Bring to a boil, and continue with recipe as directed.
In Step 2, stir 2 cups barbecue sauce, 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika, 1 halved head of garlic, and 4 bay leaves into cooking liquid with kosher salt. Bring to a boil, and continue with recipe as directed.
Soy and Spice
In Step 2, reduce kosher salt to 3/4 cup. Stir 2 1/2 cups soy sauce, 2 (5-inch) cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, 1/4 cup coriander seeds, and 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder into brine. Bring to a boil, and continue with recipe as directed.