It’s so easy to make boiled peanuts in the slow cooker! All you need is a few ingredients to enjoy this simple snack!
These Crock Pot boiled peanuts are a salty snack made famous in the south–and they are ridiculously easy to make!
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Growing up in the south, particularly in Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida, boiled peanuts were a staple snack for our family.
Boiled peanut stands were a common sight, and we could easily buy a paper bag or Styrofoam cup full of the salty, tender peanuts–usually hot out of the kettle.
We would sit on the front porch and eat them as the brine dripped down our arms.
Since I now live in Nashville, TN, I don’t have any roadside stands to visit, so I learned how to make a few boiled peanuts recipes at home!
I most often make Instant Pot boiled peanuts (I also have recipes for Instant Pot Hawaiian boiled peanuts for something unique, as well as Instant Pot Cajun boiled peanuts and Crockpot Cajun boiled peanuts if you like things a little spicy!), but I realize not everyone has a pressure cooker at their disposal, so I wanted to share how to make Crock Pot boiled peanuts!
What Kind of Peanuts to Use
You need to use raw peanuts in the shell, NOT roasted peanuts, when making boiled peanuts.
When it comes to raw peanuts, there are two types: green peanuts and regular raw peanuts.
Green peanuts are fresh, raw peanuts that haven’t been dried. So they have more moisture and therefore have a shorter shelf life.
From my research, it seems it is easier to find green peanuts if you live in an area where peanuts are grown and harvested. If you have access to green peanuts in your area, feel free to use those!
In my area, I haven’t been able to find green peanuts. Instead, I use regular raw peanuts. These have been dried to make them more shelf-stable, but they haven’t been roasted. So they are raw, but not green.
I’ve been able to find these at Walmart in the nuts section. I’ve also found them at some grocery stores, such as Publix, in the fresh produce section.
If you can’t find them locally, you can order them from Amazon.
Should You Eat Boiled Peanuts Hot or Cold?
This boils down (haha!) to personal preference. Most roadside stands serve them hot, but I eat them both ways.
After they initially cool, I store them in their brine in the refrigerator, and I don’t reheat them. I just eat them cold. I think both ways are delicious!
How to Make Boiled Peanuts in the Crock Pot
To start, you’ll rinse and sort through some raw peanuts. Remove any debris or pieces of shells that need to be discarded.
Add the peanuts to the slow cooker and top with some coarse sea salt.
Next, you’ll cover the peanuts with water and cook on high for about 5-7 hours, or until the peanuts are as tender as you’d like.
I recommend stirring them every so often to ensure they all get exposed to the salty brine. You may also need to add some water along the way, depending on how much evaporates.
- 1 lb raw peanuts in the shell (not roasted)
- 1/4-1/3 cup coarse sea salt, depending on your preference
- 6 cups of water (or more, as needed)
- Rinse and sort peanuts, discarding any debris or peanuts that are cracked or broken.
- Combine peanuts, salt, and enough water to generously cover the peanuts in the slow cooker.
- Cook on the high setting for 5-7 hours, or until the peanuts are tender. Stir occasionally during cooking, and add more water as needed to keep the peanuts covered.
I have found raw peanuts at Walmart in the nuts section and at some grocery stores (such as Publix) in the fresh produce section. You can also order them from Amazon if you can't find them locally.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6578mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g