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Spicy Boiled Peanuts Recipe

Spicy_gourmet_boiled_peanuts_3 Spicy Boiled Peanuts are part of the Southern culture and a necessity at hurricane parties. They are super easy to make, but take a few hours to cook. You can make them plain or spicy. You can add beer or vodka or tequila. You can eat them hot (the preferred method) or cold and they can be frozen for up to six months.

Although we live in a sub-tropical climate, we prefer our boiled peanuts to be spicy hot. I've become interested in growing peppers, so pretty much everything I make these days has one of my gorgeous beauties tucked inside ;-) My recipe for spicy boiled peanuts is no exception. I experimented with this version and believe this is the best yet. Feel free to adapt it to suit your needs.

Spicy Boiled Peanuts Recipe
Serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1-1/2 to 2 hours

4 pounds Green Peanuts (only available between June and August)
6 quarts water (substitute with 2 quarts beer and 4 quarts water, if desired)
2 medium Cowhorn peppers, seeds removed and finely chopped
6 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning


  • Place peanuts in colander and rinse well.
  • Pour water into large kettle or stock pot.
  • Add peanuts, peppers, salt and seasoning.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and cover.
  • Cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until peanuts are tender.
  • Remove from heat and allow to soak in water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain and serve immediately.