Boiled Peanuts !! The name brings instant smile on many faces. Simple pleasures of life packed in tiny little shells stuffed with yummy goodness -courtesy nature !! Raw , pink peanuts used to be one of my most favorite childhood snack and I am so glad now my kids like it too. ??
It’s a perfect tea time snack . I love having a bowlful of boiled raw peanuts on ths side when reading a good book. These are a perfect snack for game day gatherings or tailgating too. Don’t forget to serve them during backyard BBQ parties or casual get togethers. And you won’t believe how nostalgic folks get while crack opening them with childhood memories.
And it looks like, boiled peanuts is a great snack enjoyed all over the world. When I was researching the ideas for this recipe, I was amazed to see it has it’s showing and liking across different cultures and regions. Saw several recipes on African blogs. There were quiet a few on Latin American blogs too. And then there were plenty of American blogs especially with Southern state of Georgia references. Food brings us closer across the culture most heartily, isn’t it?
Boiled peanut sprinkled with spices and salt is one of the sought after street foods all over India. Street foods make me nostalgic. These salty treats are available only few months when farmer’s harvest them after monsoon season in India. It’s used to be after school snack when we were young. Street side vendors and hawkers sell them in paper cones and the it’s treat to eat them.
If you’ve never had boiled peanuts, they’re a little different than what you might expect. The outside shell is wrinkly, somewhat soft and salty. You crack it open by holding it between your thumb and first finger. The peanuts inside are soft, rather than crunchy. Texture wise, they feel like firm, cooked bean.
Traditional method of making boiled peanuts requires cooking the peanuts in a brine solution for several hours to get the softness. Now with InstantPot, it’s easy and quick to make them. Another perfect pressure cooker recipe!
I seasoned mine with only salt and lemon. You can also spice them up with your liking. Cayenne pepper, curry powder seasoning or Cajun seasoning will work superb.
It’s important to use “green” or raw peanuts in this recipe. Do not use roasted variety. Green peanuts are freshly picked and normally available between May and November. I often purchase mine at my local farmer’s market. Lately I see them often sold in Asian and Indian Grocery stores across Midwest.
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 coarse sea salt. There are varying amount of time used in InstantPot to make boiled peanuts. I often make mine Pot in Pot when I am cooking rice or potatoes. Important thing is to cover them with lid so steam helps them cook quicker. On it’s own, they cook at 10 mins high pressure. You will want to let them sit bit longer so let the pressure release naturally.
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
1 lemon juiced
Water enough to cover the peanuts completely.
Sort through the peanuts to clean the soil and debris. Rinse peanuts well and place into the Instant Pot.
Add salt to the insert pot. Add enough water to cover the peanuts and stir.
Lock the lid in place and vent sealed. Using the manual setting, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
When IP is done cooking , allow the pressure to completely release naturally.
Open the lid and stir well. Let them cool off some. Drizzle some lemon juice and enjoy your yummy creation.
If you are making them Pot in Pot with other food, make sure cooking time is about 10 minutes. I often make them while making rice, beans or potatoes. Important thing in PIP cooking is to cover them with lid so steam helps them cook quicker.
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Boiled Peanuts In InstantPot
For game day, tv watching, get-togethers or snacking, boiled peanuts make a great addition to your snack spread. InstantPot saves time and energy making them
- 1 lb raw green peanuts in the shell not roasted
- 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
- Water enough to cover the peanuts completely.
- 1 Lemon juiced drizzle after cooked
- Sort through the peanuts to clean the soil and debris. Rinse peanuts well and place into the Instant Pot. Add salt to the insert pot. Add enough water to cover the peanuts and stir.
Peanuts will float at the top, so you will need to place a weight on top of them to keep them submerged.
- Lock the lid in place and vent sealed. Using the manual setting, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- When IP is done cooking , allow the pressure to completely release naturally.
- Open the lid and stir well. Let them cool off some. Drizzle some lemon juice over the shells and enjoy your yummy creation.
- If you are making them Pot in Pot with other food, make sure cooking time is about 10 minutes. I often make them while making rice, beans or potatoes. Important thing in PIP cooking is to cover them with lid so steam helps them cook quicker.
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