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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He was known to everyone in our community as “The Peanut Man.” I was just a kid and had no clue what his real name was, but I knew his little portable roadside stand near the railroad tracks meant something good.
It meant having a styrofoam cup full of steaming hot boiled peanuts to devour while sitting on the front porch on a sticky summer evening. It meant letting the salty brine drip down your wrists in rivets. Most of all, it meant enjoying the simple things in life.
I grew up in the South, spending several years in Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. Roadside stands like “The Peanut Man’s” weren’t uncommon. And it wasn’t uncommon for us to stop at these stands and buy a huge 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 firm, 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. They’re salty, and some people add other seasonings to vary the flavor.
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 hasn’t caught on to the southern delicacy that I cherish from my youth, but nonetheless, I’ve 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 goodness is ready in about two hours. Hallelujah!
The process is quite easy. You rinse and sort through the peanuts, then add them to the insert pot of your Instant Pot, along with some coarse sea salt.
Then add some water, being careful not to exceed the recommended amount for your pressure cooker.
Because the peanuts float, you’ll need to weigh them down a little bit. I use the trivet that came with the Instant Pot topped with a small Pyrex bowl.
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. They are just as good as The Peanut Man’s! It’s embarrassing how many I can eat in one sitting, but we’ll just keep that between you and me, mmkay?
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