Cajun boiled peanuts are a southern tradition, especially during college football season. They’re actually quite easy to make, but you just need to plan ahead of time, as “time” is key to making great boiled peanuts.
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 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 crock pot boiled peanuts to try the snack we Southerners adore.
What Ingredients are in this Cajun Boiled Peanuts Recipe?
- Raw peanuts
- Kosher salt
- Cajun seasoning
- Crushed red pepper flakes
How to Make Cajun Boiled Peanuts?
Making boiled peanuts is actually quite simple, but just takes time. First you have to soak in water for 24 hours. Then you throw in a crock pot for another 24 hours on low with just enough water to cover the peanuts as well as quite a bit of salt! If you’re making them Cajun like these, then you also add some Cajun season, crushed red pepper and jalapeño. If you don’t have a crock pot, you can just cook in a stockpot and cover. You can also make Instant Pot boiled peanuts by setting to “Pressure Cook” on high for 75 minutes and then doing a natural release.
Do I Need to Use Green Peanuts for Boiling?
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.
Other Appetizer/Snack Recipes:
Cajun Boiled Peanuts
- 1 lb green peanuts in the shell
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 6 cups water
- Sort through peanuts and remove and debris. Soak in cold water for 24 hours. Drain once done.
- Place peanuts to slow cooker. Add kosher salt, Cajun seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes and jalapeño. Add about 6 cups of water or enough to cover the peanuts as they float. Cover and cook on low for 22-24 hours.
- Drain and serve warm or cold.