With this recipe for Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts, you can have the delicious Southern staple ready to eat in a fraction of the time normally required!
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I grew up in the South. I lived for several years in Charleston, South Carolina and then moved to Jacksonville, Florida. It was not at all uncommon for folks to set up roadside stands selling hot boiled peanuts. And it was not uncommon for us to stop at these stands and buy a huge styrofoam container full of them. My, oh my, they were good. If you’ve never had boiled peanuts, they’re a little different than what you might expect. The outside shell is somewhat soft, so you crack it open and the peanuts inside are soft, rather than crunchy. Sort of the consistency of a cooked bean. The traditional method of making boiled peanuts requires cooking the peanuts in a brine solution for a long time in order to achieve that softness.
I moved to Nashville sixteen years ago when I came here for college. Much to my chagrin, boiled peanuts are nowhere to be found! I’m not sure why this city has not caught on to the southern delicacy that I cherish from my youth, but nonetheless, I have been deprived in these recent years. I craved boiled peanuts during my pregnancies. And sometimes I crave them even when I’m not pregnant. They’re just so good.
I recently purchased an Instant Pot when it was being sold for a killer deal during Amazon Prime Day. I had been on the fence about getting one for quite some time, but when I saw how inexpensive it was at that time, I jumped on it. Boy, am I glad I did. I have seriously used it multiple times a week (often daily!) since purchasing it. One of the best discoveries I’ve made? I saw on This Old Gal that you can make Instant Pot boiled peanuts!! They are super easy, frugal, and the salty-sweet goodness is ready in about two hours. Hallelujah!
The first time I made these and cracked open one of those Instant Pot boiled peanuts, I was instantly transported back to my childhood, eating the Southern staple snack in the Low Country. It is embarrassing how many I can eat in one sitting, but we’ll just keep that between you and me, mmkay?
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