Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

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Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Road trips in the South mean stops for boiled peanuts. I love pulling over at a roadside stand and buying a small paper bag full of them. They are such a wonderful salty snack with a very unique taste.

Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Making Boiled Peanuts in a crock pot is super easy. Much easier than cooking them stove-top. They take close to 24 hours cooking on LOW so I typically start them in the crock pot some time in the afternoon, check on them before I go to bed, and again in the morning. Sometimes you need to add just a little more water, but besides that it’s a completely hands off way to make this salty and delicious southern snack.

Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

To make Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts, you need to start with green raw peanuts. They are seasonal and can be found at many supermarkets and farmers markets when they are in season. Look for them during the months of August and September in the south.

green peanuts

If you can’t find green peanuts, you can use raw dried peanuts, but you will need to cook them longer. They have a much lower moisture content than green peanuts and it takes more time to get them soft.

Use green peanuts within a few days of purchasing them and store in a cool, dry place. They will grow mold in a hurry if you aren’t careful.

The peanuts are slow cooked until they get soft. Add lots of seasonings, salt, and spices to the water and the peanuts will eventually soak up all that flavor. For spicy boiled peanuts I like to add sliced jalapenos, Cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere’s is my favorite), and lots of red pepper flakes. Tabasco sauce is also a good choice.

Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts can be eaten either warm or cold. I like them both ways, but if I had to choose, I prefer them cold, especially during the summer which tends to be when I do most of my boiled peanut eating. They go great with a cold beer.

Cooking time can vary greatly depending on you crock pot, the peanuts you use, and your personal preference. Some people like their boiled peanuts to still be firm, while others like them completely soft. It’s easy enough to take one out every now and then and sample it.

The salty, spicy cooking liquid eventually makes its way inside the shells and really flavors the peanuts.

Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

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Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanut

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  • Place peanuts in a 6-quart crock pot.
  • Add jalapenos, salt, red pepper flakes, cajun seasoning, and garlic powder.
  • Pour in approximately 10 cups of water.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 22 to 24 hours. You may need to add a little more water before they are finished cooking.
  • Drain and serve warm or cold.

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65 thoughts on “Crock Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

  1. Can you please provide me some guidance in adding kabasi and potato as to when to add them in the cooking in the crock pot process ? In Florida I’ve had the boiled spicey peanuts with these 2 ingredients but I cannot find anywhere a recipe that has these in them, yours is close and sounds great but I don’t have cajun spice (sad face) but I do have garlic powder, cayenne, I have blackened seasoning but I am not sure how much to add of these. Can you please provide some guidance, I have them in the crock pot now.

  2. Can I use peanuts that are already shelled? I’m looking into making my own spicy peanuts for the first time.

    1. No. Put the shelled peanuts with a little olive oil in an iron skillet. Salt and cayenne pepper. Roast in 250 oven, stir often.

  3. This recipe is delicious. I skipped the jalapenos, and only added one tablespoon (slightly heaping) of the red pepper flakes. Then I slow cooked on high for 6 hours. It came out perfect. Thank you for the recipe. 5 thumbs up from my family.

  4. I’m making some today, but years ago a friend gave me some , he put ham hock in his omg u can eat them for dinner with a cup of potato salad my mouth is watering.I also put a couple of habaneros for fire and flavor.

  5. Boiling a large batch outside now! Going to try the spicy recipe next time! Thank you! BTW I like mine a little salty, we use more salt.

    1. At this time of year (November) we can’t get green peanuts, so I just used raw. I used 1 lb. of raw peanuts, a can of La Costena sliced jalapenos (couldn’t find fresh!), 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning, 2 Tbsp. Tony Cachere’s Creole seasoning, 2 Tbsp, garlic powder, 1/2 cup red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup of salt. You’d think they’d be too spicy with all that pepper and jalapeno, but they were just right! However, they didn’t take anywhere close to 24 hours to cook. I cooked them for 12 hours on low and 1 hour on high and they were perfect. About the same texture as edamame. I don’t like them mushy, so they were just right.
      I’ll try them again next summer with the exact recipe here, minus some of the salt, and using green peanuts.

    2. Hmmm…..that’s odd that you’d say that “N”…….I haven’t had a problem at all on this website.

  6. I have prepared these several times a year. I always add a orange and a lemon quartered into the slow cooker.

  7. I discovered these in Charleston and I’m hooked! I made them as a surprise for my husband last night and we both went wild. Delicious! The only problem is that he shouldn’t be eating salt. We both agreed that this recipe could probably use less salt and that the spices would compensate…..but could I make this with NO salt? I rarely cook with salt but I’m wondering if salt does something that’s required to, say, soften the peanuts? I’m tempted to try salt-free and use more spice,,,,Thoughts?

  8. I discovered these in Charleston and I’m hooked! I made them as a surprise for my husband last night and we both went wild. Delicious! The only problem is that he shouldn’t be eating salt. We both agreed that this recipe could probably use less salt and that the spices would compensate…..but could I make this with NO salt? I rarely cook with salt but I’m wondering if salt does something that’s required to, say, soften the peanuts? I’m tempted to try salt-free and use more spice,,,,Thoughts?

    1. It’s good without salt and the peanuts get soft like they should. We cook them both ways and it turns out great. Good luck and enjoy!

  9. Hello… have the peanuts, have all spices, now, besides cooking in a crock pot for all those hours, can they be stove boiled, and they can be cooked in a pressure cooker…. how long for the pressure cooker.

    1. Heres what I have used with my instant pot. 1.5lbs green peanuts 1/3 cup salt,1TBS red pepper flakes, 1TBS or more to taste cajun seasoning. PC on high for 75 minutes. 5 mins natural release. enjoy!

  10. I am constantly tinkering with my boiled peanuts recipe. I made this recipe a few months ago, but I substituted half a bag of Zatarain’s Crab & Crawfish Boil for the Tony Chachere’s.

    1. Yea, boy, dat Zat’s be da cat’s meow! That’s what I have always used, and have boiled
      ’em on stovetop, but what da hey, now Ima try Tony Chacere’s original Creole seasoning in da crockspot! I hope my lip smackin’ over here don’ disturb nobody…

  11. We were in North Carolina, I kept seeing signs for boiled peanuts, I looked up a recipe, found this one and when we came home gave it a try. Wow!! These are delicious! Only difference is I cooked in an instapot. Thank you for this, I’ll be making these again!

    1. i’m wanting to try this and noticed you used an instapot… did you use it as a slow cooker or did you use a pressure setting?

  12. I made these this weekend and they are phenomenal! I used raw peanuts because I couldn’t find green peanuts and I followed the spices exactly. My family loved them! Neighbors too! Recipe is a definite keeper!

      1. No, raw peanuts are not the same as green peanuts. Raw peanuts are dried, whereas the green ones are still tender and fresh.

  13. I have used baking powder or baking soda on my peanuts , and they seem to get softer faster I put 2 teaspoons that’s per ten cups of water and they come out perfect.

  14. Made this recipe ,added a little more cayenne and pepper flake, I also used salted, roasted peanuts instead and omitted the kosher salt. They came out awesome.

    1. Hi there, Sherry!
      I plan on making my own batch of boiled peanuts with my crock pot very soon, and noticed you used roasted peanuts. It seems many people recommend that you use green or raw peanuts, neither of which the availability in my area I’m sure of. Roasted peanuts being very accessible I plan on trying to use them, but there’s not a lot of recipes online explaining how to boil roasted peanuts in particular. I’d really appreciate any advice you can give based on how yours came out!
      Like how long to boil them, and at what setting?
      And anything else you can think to do different with roasted peanuts?

      I’d seriously appreciate your time and help! Thank you so much in advance =)

  15. Christin, this recipe is great. I made it for the first time this week. My cooking took 27 hours since I used raw peanuts but they worked out perfectly. I made a different type of spice mix than yours, with more heat and bite, but this idea works with any spice level you want to make. I really like the idea of using fresh or canned peppers to add flavor. And it is so easy – thank you for sharing this.

  16. Made these last night and in 16 hours they were already pretty soft and edible. This recipe is great – nice heat and spice without being overpowering. So glad I chose this recipe – so simple and foolproof, it’s a keeper.

  17. I love boiled peanuts when I can find them at the grocery to cook. I start mine in my pressure cooker, 10-15 lbs of pressure for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs, no salt, then transfer to the slow cooker with salt and seasonings to finish. I am always working with raw peanuts, and this method allows me to be snacking within a day.

  18. Learned how to make These a few years ago from a Florida Cracker . GREAT friend . GREAT boiled peanuts ! I added diced red bell peppers this time . of course jalapeno diced pepper, Cajun sseasoning and garlic power with sea salt . I am giving them to a girlfriend that is going through a very heartfelt felt time this Christmas. She is getting the entire crock pot full with an Extra bag of raw nuts on the side. And of course the Crockpot ! Merry Christmas to all and to all that made their boiled nuts a tasty day of sharing with others !😀

  19. I live in Florida and started my children on them early in life. They would push candy away to get to these. If you are a Yankee, it is an acquired taste. Keep at it, it is worth it.

  20. I cooked mine for 12 hours in the crockpot on low and then for another 6 hours on high and they turned out perfect. Love boiled peanuts.

  21. My peanuts have been in the crock pot on low now for 30 hours and are still not soft. Checked them at 15 hours, 24 and now 30.

  22. We just dug for our own raw peanuts at Hollins Farms in VA. So looking forward to this recipe! We tried spicy boiled peanuts at a tavern outside of Charlottesville and absolutely loved them!

    1. It depends on whether you have raw or green peanuts and even then it can vary a great deal. Plus, some people like their boiled peanuts softer than others. Once you get towards the end of the cooking time, try one and if you want them softer, keep cooking them, sampling one every hour or so.

  23. Will this method work for Raw, in the shell? Just getting to try my first batch ever, but will probably do them in the traditional stovetop boil for the first attempt. I like the simplicity of this, the boil methods required a slight varying in cooking times for green vs raw. Thanx!

  24. First time I have tryed cooking peanuts in a slow cooker,they are great this is the only way I will do my peanuts.from now on

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