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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts

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Boiled peanuts are made by cooking raw peanuts in water. These instant pot boiled peanuts make a great hot snack but can also be enjoyed cold. Check out how to pressure cook shelled raw peanuts in the instant pot. Soaking them overnight also reduces the overall cooking time.
Couple of split open boiled peanuts.

Boiled peanuts make a great snack just like roasted peanuts. They are salty and can be flavored with a seasoning of choices like red chili flakes or cajun seasoning.

Boiled peanuts can be easily made by pressure cooking raw peanuts in the instant pot. Boiling raw peanuts can usually take a long time however soaking them overnight can greatly reduce the time.

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What are raw peanuts?

Fresh peanuts when harvested and not dehydrated are called green peanuts. However, they are not very easily available in the store.

Raw peanuts are fresh peanuts that have been air-dried and dehydrated. Raw peanuts are used to make the boiled peanuts.

Where to buy raw peanuts for boiling?

Raw peanuts are easily available in grocery stores and you can also purchase them online.

Peanuts can be salted or roasted hence, you need to double-check the package to make sure it is raw peanuts.

Should you soak peanuts before boiling them?

It is not mandatory to soak the peanut shells before boiling. However, soaking for 8-10 hours or overnight, does help to cook them faster in the instant pot.

Close-up of boiled peanuts in a bowl.

How to boil soaked peanuts in an instant pot?

Instant pot is great for making boiled peanuts. First, discard all the water used for soaking. Put all the soaked peanuts and salt in the instant pot liner. Optionally you can add seasonings such as Cajun or red-chili flakes.

Fill the liner with water and put some weight like a trivet or a steamer basket to ensure that the peanut shells are immersed completely in water and not floating at the top.

Lock the lid and cook on high-pressure mode for 15 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.

How to boil peanuts in an instant pot?

Boiling raw unsoaked peanuts is similar to boiling soaked peanuts except that cook time will be longer. Just add the peanuts, salt, water, and optionally, a seasoning. Cook it on high-pressure mode for 45 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.

It is best to thoroughly rinse the peanuts with water to remove all the dirt. Also, while pressure cooking, ensure that the peanuts are submerged in water and not floating at the top as they may not cook properly.

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How do you keep peanuts submerged when boiling?

Peanuts are light in weight and do not completely immerse in water. They start floating once there is enough water.

To keep them submerged, add some kind of weight like a trivet. You can also place a steamer basket on top of the trivet to ensure all the peanuts are well covered with water.

Couple of split open boiled peanuts.

How to eat boiled peanuts?

After the peanuts have been pressure-cooked, drain the water. To enjoy the peanuts hot, split open the shells and remove the nut from inside. It will be soft to bite and have a perfect salty taste.

How to store boiled peanuts?

Boiled peanuts can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days after draining out the water used for boiling.

They can also be refrigerated for about 5-7 days in an air-tight container. You can enjoy them cold or just reheat them in the microwave.

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Boiled peanuts in a bowl.

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts are made by cooking raw peanuts in water. These instant pot boiled peanuts make a great hot snack but can also be enjoyed cold. Check out how to pressure cook shelled raw peanuts in the instant pot. Soaking them overnight also reduces the overall cooking time.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Raw Peanuts
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 8 cups Water (or more)

Instructions

Instant pot boiled peanuts (no soaking)

  • Rinse the raw peanuts thoroughly to get rid of as much dirt as possible.
  • Put all the shelled peanuts in the instant pot liner.
  • Add salt and cover with enough water.
  • Place a trivet to ensure they are immersed in water and not floating.
  • Lock the lid and pressure cook for 45 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.

Instant pot boiled peanuts (soaking overnight)

  • Rinse the raw peanuts thoroughly to get rid of as much dirt as possible.
  • Soak the shells in water for 8-10 hours or overnight.
  • Discard the water and pour the shells in the instant pot liner.
  • Add salt and cover with enough water.
  • Place a trivet to ensure they are immersed in water and not floating.
  • Lock the lid and pressure cook for 15 minutes followed by a natural pressure release.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
Amount per Serving
Calories
332
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Sodium
 
15
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
373
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
13
g
26
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tiffany

Monday 1st of November 2021

Great recipe, but can you tell me why it took almost 3 hours to get soft?? 😞 I had to up the cook duration 2 times.

Alpa Jain

Monday 1st of November 2021

Hi Tiffany,

Sorry to hear it took you 3 hours to get soft peanuts. It is really surprising. Did you soak them and cook or without soaking?

I can think of below reasons

1) The pressure mode could have been low instead of high that could cause it longer to cook.

2) All the peanuts were not well submerged in water, this can cause top peanuts to be undercooked while the ones below are well cooked.

As suggested, you can try soaking them and then pressure cooking.

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa

Sam S

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Why do the peanuts stick to the shells after pressure cooking? Am I overcooking or is that normal?

Alpa Jain

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Hi Sam,

It is normal for some peanuts to stick to the shells as they are wet inside. But they come out quite easily.

Hope this helps.

Regards Alpa