• 2 pounds dried raw peanuts
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 5-9 tbps. liquid Cajun crab boil (optional)

We southerners love our peanuts with a passion. It’s a favorite snack roasted or boiled.  Visit just about every quick stop or service station in the southeast and you’ll find a crock-pot boiling near the soda fountain. Most people get them for their drive to the beach, for tailgating at a college football game or just as a delicious snack on the way home from work. Boiled peanuts are a family favorite and they are quite easy to make.  The basics are water, peanuts, and lots of salt.  You can add other flavorings such as Cajun seasoning to spice them up a bit, which happens to be my personal favorite.

Directions:

  1. Soak peanuts in water to cover in a large pot or bowl for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. (You may need to weigh down peanuts with a large plate or lid)
  2. Drain and rinse
  3. Place peanuts and desired amount of salt in the slow cooker and cover with water, cook on low for 10 hours.
  4. Remove from heat; let stand 1 hour.
  5. Store cooked peanuts in the refrigerator up to three days (if they last that long).  If you prefer warm peanuts, heat them in the microwave.

For Cajun Boiled Peanuts:  

  • Follow directions above and add 1/2 cup Cajun seasoning and 5-9 tbsps. liquid Cajun crab boil to water in step 3.

Note:  I usually soak the peanuts while I am at work and then cook them in the slow cooker overnight.  You should be able to find dried peanuts in the produce section of your local supermarket or at a farmers market.  Beware, they are addictive.