Craving a salty snack that will be so addictive you won't be able to stop eating it? Once you make these Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts, you will be wanting to make them again and again.
I don't know about you but there is just something about sitting at home, watching tv or your favorite sports team and noshing on something salty and crunchy that just makes life a little bit better.
That's why believe me when I say that once you make these salty peanuts, you will definitely be making them again. They are that addictive and good!
They are considered the "caviar of the South" and they are South Carolina's official state snack. This crunch snack also started in the South and become really popular by the 1920s since peanuts were widely accessible across the Southern states.
You will find a complete list of the ingredients needed as well as directions at the bottom of this post. However, here are a few key tips and suggestions to make this recipe a success.
- Raw or green peanuts - you can buy these in bulk at your favorite store or online.
- Pink Himalayan or Sea salt - either one of these will work. Do NOT use regular table salt.
- If you are using raw peanuts, make sure to soak them overnight.
You will find complete directions in the printable card below, however, these are a few in-process photos for your reference.
You can keep them for up to 7 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
If you are using raw peanuts, make sure to soak them overnight before placing them in the Instant Pot.
Something to remember is that these will not taste like regular salted peanuts. Since you are boiling these, they will have more of a texture like an edamame.
If you are looking for ways to take these peanuts up a notch, head over to Southern Living's post on boiled peanuts as they have some great tips!
You can, however, we don't. Just open the shell and enjoy the peanut inside.
Honestly it doesn't matter. It's totally up to you!
Make sure not to soak them too long. You only want to soak them for 8 hours or just for overnight.
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
- Instant Pot
- Large bowl
- 1 pound raw peanuts
- 4 cups water
- ⅔ cup pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
- Wash the peanuts well and then place them in the Instant Pot. If you are using raw peanuts, make sure to soak them overnight before placing them in the Instant Pot.
- Fill the pot with water until it just covers the peanuts. Add the salt.
- Place a plate on top of the peanut to keep them from floating to the top.
- Place the lid on top, make sure it is in the seal position and set the time to 70 minutes.
- Allow for a natural release and then open the vent and release the rest of the steam.
- Drain the peanuts out of the Instant Pot either with a pasta strainer or by pouring them into a colander in your sink.
- Let the water totally drain.
- Let the peanuts dry a bit then place them in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or you can start enjoying them immediately by shelling the peanuts with your teeth or fingers!