cajun boiled peanuts

Cajun Boiled Peanuts

February 11, 2015Danita

cajun boiled peanuts

Ok, first…..HUGE thanks to my friend Esther at Laugh With Us Blog for posting this recipe, allowing me to share it AND for bringing me the peanuts!  

There are so many things to say about Cajun Boiled Peanuts!  

First, my family LOVES, LOVES, LOVES them!  But, they are impossible to find in Texas.  In the “deep south”, where my husband and I grew up, they can be found at practically EVERY gas station between the Mason-Dixon line and the Mississippi River.  Anytime we happen to be back that way we stop for a big-o’ styrofoam cup full of ’em!

Second, back in October we visited friends in Florida for vacation.  They know we love Boiled Peanuts and Cuban Sandwiches, so the first place we head when we get there is a little gas station called “Larry’s” where we pick up both.  When we returned home we talked about having enjoyed boiled peanuts, which we hadn’t had in years. Esther and her family visited Florida a few weeks later and they tried some…purchased from a guy outside a gas station, of course.  They loved them!  When she got home, she made some.

Third, I had a really “blonde” moment (no offense intended) as I began reading her post.  It’s starts like this…”My pastor is from Florida.”  My first thought was, “Really, I wonder who that is?”  See, Esther and I go to the same church so we have the same pastor.  Then it hit me….MY HUSBAND!  Duh!  My husband is her pastor and he is from Florida, and even though I know he grew up there I always think of him being from Georgia…where we met and got married.  We all had a good laugh about that.

Fourth, I can’t believe Esther found peanuts at her local Wal-Mart!  We’ve searched high and low for raw peanuts and couldn’t find them anywhere.  We considered ordering them online but the shipping was ridiculous.  She bought several bags and brought me one….THANKS A TON!  (I did look again at our Wal-Mart and to my surprise they had 2 bags!)     

A couple of things you should know before embarking on your “boiled peanut journey”….make sure you have plenty of time.  They don’t call them “Boiled” Peanuts for nothin’.  They boil, and boil, and boil and just when you think they’re done…..they boil some more.  But they’re totally worth it, especially if you live in a place where the gas stations don’t sell them.

Next, you need a huge stock pot, but I don’t recommend using anodized steel.  I used my pressure cooker, without the lid.

Here’s the Recipe:

cajun boiled peanuts

  • Large stock pot
  • 3-4 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 lb raw peanuts
  • Lots and lots of water and time!

cajun boiled peanuts

Rinse peanuts thoroughly.  Then cover with water and allow to soak about 30 minutes to loosen any remaining dirt and rinse again

cajun boiled peanuts

Add peanuts to pot and cover completely with water

Add salt and Old Bay Seasoning

Bring to a boil and boil for 3-4 hours

*Check water often and add as needed to make sure peanuts stay covered

Add Cajun Seasoning and continue to boil about 2 more hours

cajun boiled peanuts

The only way to test for doneness is to taste, peanuts should be soft but not mushy with no “crunch” when chewing 

Once they’re done you can leave them on the stove (in water) until ready to eat 

Cajun Boiled peanuts

They can be made a day or 2 ahead and kept in the refrigerator.  Be sure to keep them in the water.  Before serving, place water and peanuts in a crock pot and reheat.  

Do they sell Boiled Peanuts where you live?

Cajun Boiled Peanuts
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. Large stock pot
  2. 3-4 Tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  3. 2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
  4. 1/4 cup kosher salt
  5. 1 lb raw peanuts
  6. Lots and lots of water and time!
Instructions
  1. Rinse peanuts thoroughly. Then cover with water and allow to soak about 30 minutes to loosen any remaining dirt and rinse again
  2. Add peanuts to pot and cover completely with water
  3. Add salt and Old Bay Seasoning
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 3-4 hours
  5. *Check water often and add as needed to make sure peanuts stay covered
  6. Add Cajun Seasoning and continue to boil about 2 more hours
  7. The only way to test for doneness is to taste, peanuts should be soft but not mushy with no “crunch” when chewing
  8. Once they’re done you can leave them on the stove (in water) until ready to eat
  9. They can be made a day or 2 ahead and kept in the refrigerator. Be sure to keep them in the water. Before serving, place water and peanuts in a crock pot and reheat.
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4 Comments

  • Nanaleelee

    March 15, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    I love boiled peanuts! I was born and lived in Whiteville, NC until the age of 5. There were boiled peanut stands everywhere. I now live right at the SC line of NC, just a short 1 1/2 hour – 2 hour drive to many wonderful NC & SC beaches. Boiled peanuts can be found at almost any convenient store and definitely every produce stand. The best peanuts to use are green peanuts. Down here, if you are making a big pot, and you don’t like to share, you better not tell anyone what you are doing because they will all be at your house.

    1. Danita

      March 15, 2015 at 9:36 AM

      I love your area of the country! Sometimes I miss the “real” south. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing! You’ve brought some wonderful memories to mind this morning. You made my day!

  • Jennifer

    February 11, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    I have never had boiled peanuts, but I’ve always wanted to try them! I know my hubs likes them.

  • Michelle @ Life on the Horizon

    February 11, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Oh…You have made my day. I remember the first time I had boiled peanuts. It was on a trip to Savannah 15 years ago, and haven’t had them since. Definitely saving this recipe!

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