Once you make these Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts, you'll realize why they are such a hit. If you are craving something salty that is so addictive you can't stop eating it, then this is the recipe to bookmark.
Boiled peanuts are not only a roadside staple in the south, but they are perfect for on-the-go snacks.
If you are looking for tips about these old-fashioned southern snacks, then head over to the post about boiled peanuts that Southern Living has.
- raw peanuts
- pink Himalayan salt or sea salt
See recipe card for quantities.
At the bottom of the post, you will find the recipe card that contains all of the step-by-step instructions.
Add the peanuts and the water, then cover with sea salt.
Form into ball shape with your hands
- Sea salt - you can use this instead of Pink Himalayan Salt. Just don't use table salt.
- Spicy - you can add some Cajun spice or some cayenne.
- Stove-top - you can also make these on the stove.
- Instant pot
Place them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 7 days
If you are going to be using raw peanuts, then make sure that you plan ahead since they will have to soak overnight.
They will not taste like regular salted peanuts that you are used to. They actually have a texture similar to edamame.
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.
📚History about the Recipe
This snack is actually considered to be the "caviar of the South". They are also the official state snack for South Carolina.
The origin seems to be around the 1920s as peanuts were easily available in the Southern states.
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
- Instant pot
- large bowl
- 1 pound raw or green peanuts remember if you are using raw, you must soak them overnight
- 4 cups water
- 2/3 cup Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea salt
- Add the peanuts to a large bowl and rinse well.
- Place them into the Instant Pot.
- Add the water to the pot and just cover the peanuts.
- Add the salt and stir.
- So that they don't rise to the top, place a plate on top of the peanuts.
- Place the lid on and seal.
- Set the time to 70 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
- Then open the vent by hand and let the steam continue to release.
- Using either a colander or pasta strainer, drain the peanuts out of your Instant Pot.
- Make sure they have totally had the water drained off.
- Let them continue to dry and then place them into an airtight container.
- To enjoy, shell the peanuts with your fingers or teeth.