two dishes of boiled peanuts

Southern Boiled Peanuts Recipe

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 14 hours
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x


Our Southern boiled peanut recipe is so simple!  Learn how to make this easy snack food on the stove top from green peanuts in their shells.  Kids and adults love to snack on these soft, salty treats during car trips, tailgating, and game days.



  • 3 pounds of fresh raw peanuts
  • 1 cup salt
  • Water for boiling


Day 1

  1. Thoroughly rinse the fresh raw peanuts in a colander, about two or three times.
  2. Place them in a large pot and cover them with tap water.  Add 3/4 cup of salt and stir.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid and bring the peanuts to a boil, then simmer for one hour.
  4. Shut off the stove element.  Keep the lid on tight and don’t move the pot.  Let it sit there overnight or for 10 hours.

Day 2

  1. Drain the peanuts in a colander, then return them to the same pot and cover them with tap water.  Add 1/4 cup of salt and stir.
  2. Bring the covered peanuts to a boil, then simmer for two hours.
  3. Take out two to four peanuts from different areas in the pot and place on a small plate.  Once cool, crack the peanuts open and taste.  If they are not soft enough, cook for one hour longer.  If they are not salty enough, add 2 tablespoons of salt, stir well, and cook for one hour longer.
  4. When the boiled peanuts are done, drain and place them in a very large bowl covered in cool water.
  5. Serve immediately, or store covered in the refrigerator.


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  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: boiled peanuts, Southern

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