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Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts- A fantastically quick and easy way to make this loved southern snack. Typically boiled peanuts are slow cooked in a large kettle for hours and hours to get them soft. Or they can be made in the crock pot. But cooking them in a pressure cooker greatly shortens the cooking time.

Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

 

You can have Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts ready in about 2 hours. They get perfectly tender, spicy, and seasoned during that time. With a cold beer they make a great game day snack.

Boiled peanuts are an important part of southern food culture and they are the official state snack of my state- South Carolina. Most people either love them or hate them.

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts

 

I find 75 minutes is the perfect time to pressure cook green peanuts, but you could go a little longer, especially if you like them really soft.

It’s important to use green peanuts if possible. They are fairly easy to find this time of year in the South. Green peanuts are peanuts that are harvested early. They still have some moisture in them, which allows them to cook faster. You can use peanuts labeled “raw” peanuts, which are dried peanuts, but they need to be cooked longer.

Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts taste great warm or cold. But they are definitely best when paired with beer.   🙂

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts

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Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts- A fantastically quick and easy way to make this loved southern snack. These spicy peanuts make a great game day snack!
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 1 hr 15 mins
Pressure Release: 30 mins
TOTAL: 1 hr 20 mins
SERVINGS: 8

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place peanuts in the Instant Pot.
  • Add salt, red pepper flakes, and seasoning.
  • Add water to cover the peanuts.
  • Place the steamer rack for the Instant Pot on top of the peanuts to help weight them down.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot, check to see that the valve is in "sealing" position.
  • Set to "Pressure Cook" for 75 minutes.
  • Let do a natural pressure release for 30 minutes. Open the valve to release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. 

Notes

If using peanuts labeled "raw" they are fully matured and dried. Soak them overnight and then Pressure cook them for 90 minutes for best results.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Southern

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46 thoughts on “Instant Pot Spicy Boiled Peanuts”

  1. I have loved boiled peanuts for years. I hated the labor involved. A few weeks ago, I asked the wife if she would like an IP. She replied that she didn’t know what she would do with it. I said, how about I go get one and we will explore that as we go. I was craving peanuts and a thought the IP would do the trick. My modified recipe:

    8qt. IP
    2Lb. (raw) peanuts because they are easier to find
    1/3c. salt
    1/3c. powdered Cajun seasoning (for taste) (I like Old Bay.)
    1/4c. Zatarain’s liquid (for heat)
    Mix seasonings with 2-3 cups of warm water.
    Add washed peanuts.
    Fill pot with water until full and stir.
    Soak overnight with the peanuts weighted down.
    Cook on high pressure for 2 hours. (4 hours if not soaked.)
    Allow natural cooling if desired.
    This recipe is under development. Adjust to your taste.
    Yes, I like them HOT. Covid got my nose so I must compensate.

  2. I love boiled peanuts but haven’t tried a spicy version before. Boiled peanuts are also a popular snack here in Hawaii and I usually make them with a little Asian twist with star anise, garlic, & sometimes Chinese 5-spice.

    For those having issues with the raw peanuts, this is how I like to cook mine for a firm but not too crunchy texture. 1# raw peanuts (rinsed well & drained), enough water to cover, 3 Tbsp sea salt. *Optional for an Asian version: 4 star anise, 6 cloves of garlic-crushed.*

    Like this spicy recipe, weigh down the peanuts so they stay submerged. Cook on High pressure for (30 min), QUICK RELEASE, stir peanuts around, cook on High pressure for another (30 min), QUICK RELEASE. Peanuts come out beautifully 🙂

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