Hot-and-Sweet Fried Peanuts Recipe

Hot-and-Sweet Fried Peanuts
Photo: oto: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 serves


  • 2 cups raw, shelled peanuts

  • 10 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • Canola oil, for frying

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Bring 10 cups water and 2 Tbsp. kosher salt to a boil in a large pot over high. Add 2 cups nuts, and cook until slightly softened, 30 to 45 seconds. Drain nuts, and spread on paper towels; cool 2 minutes.

  2. Combine 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, and 1/2 tsp. each chili powder and kosher salt for spice mixture.

  3. Meanwhile, pour canola oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches into a Dutch oven. Heat over medium-high to 325°F. Toss together nuts and 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a bowl; stir until nuts are evenly coated with sugar and almost all excess sugar is melted. Carefully add coated nuts to hot oil; fry until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Using a spider skimmer or large

  4. Transfer hot nuts to a medium bowl, and toss with spice mixture. Cool 30 minutes.

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