Cajun Boiled Peanuts

If you are looking for a snack that is perfect for game day or just because they taste amazing, these Cajun boiled peanuts are worth a try.

Cajun boiled peanuts in blue bowl

It’s the start of college football! For my family, college football is king. I grew up going to Florida football games every weekend. Before “adulting” I could count on both hands the amount of home games I missed. It had such an impact on me, that there was no question I was going to Florida for college and I loved every second of it.

So why am I talking about college football? Well everyone has childhood memories they associate with food, right? For me, I sure do as food is an important part of my family’s life – hence this blog! So today I’m sharing probably my most prominent food memory. And that’s Cajun boiled peanuts! Every Gator game, as we were driving up I-75, my mom or dad would stop along the side of the road at a boiled peanut stand to get some. And if we for some reason didn’t pick up some along the road, we for sure got Cajun boiled peanuts at the game!

So for those that have never had boiled peanuts, which is most people here in Maryland, you might be asking what do they taste like? As the Huffington Post said in an article – “Imagine if edamame tasted like peanuts and were frequently eaten with hot sauce. The peanut softens, sometimes to mush if you like them like that, sometimes just on the border of crunchy and tender.” Now traditional boiled peanuts are just cooked in salt and water and they’re fantastic as well. I’m just a fan of Cajun boiled peanuts. My hope is by sharing this, it will inspire those that have never had boiled peanuts to try the snack we Southerners adore.

Overhead of cajun boiled peanuts in bowl

What Ingredients are in these Cajun Boiled Peanuts?

  • Raw peanuts
  • Kosher salt
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Jalapeno
  • Water

What are Green Peanuts?

Green peanuts are raw peanuts that have been freshly dug from the soil and no moisture has been removed. Therefore, they have very high moisture content, much higher than raw peanuts. Because of this, they are the only way to go when boiled peanuts. If you can’t find green peanuts, then you can use raw but you’ll have to throw in slow cooker for at least 2 days.

Cajun boiled peanuts in blue bowl

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Cajun boiled peanuts in blue bowl
Cajun Boiled Peanuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 d
Total Time
1 d 5 mins
 

If you are looking for a snack that is perfect for game day or just because they taste amazing, these Cajun boiled peanuts are worth a try.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Boiled Peanuts, Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts
Servings: 8
Calories: 234 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb green peanuts in the shell
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 6 cups water
Instructions
  1. Sort through peanuts and remove and debris. Soak in cold water for 24 hours. Drain once done.

  2. Place peanuts to slow cooker. Add kosher salt, Cajun seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes and jalapeno. Add about 6 cups of water or enough to cover the peanuts as they float. Cover and cook on low for 22-24 hours.

  3. Drain and serve warm or cold.

7 Comments


  1. Ryan, you just opened the floodgates of great memories. Today we are heading up to Gainesville for the start of the most wonderful time of the year…Fall and Gator Football Season. I am making a stop along the side of the road to pick up some boiled peanuts in your honor. Hugs and Gator Chomps!

  2. Ryan, my Mom, your Great Grandmother, boiled peanuts by the bushel for my brothers to sell on the streets of Gainesville. My job was to bag them in small brown bags. Then my brothers would take them in a basket and walk around the Courthouse Square hollering “FRESH GREEN BOILED PEANUTS, ONLY A DIME”!

  3. Ryan, my Mom, your Great Grandmother, boiled peanuts by the bushel for my brothers to sell on the streets of Gainesville. My job was to bag them in small brown bags. Then my brothers would take them in a basket and walk around the Courthouse Square hollering “FRESH GREEN BOILED PEANUTS, ONLY A DIME”!


  4. Love me some boiled peanuts!

  5. I had boiled peanuts a few times when we’ve traveled to South Carolina. Wow! They were delicious! I’d love to be able to make some at home! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I am going to have to try these. Sounds delicious.

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