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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts Recipe

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Instant Pot boiled peanuts make the perfect salty snack. What would normally take hours can be made in half the time in the comfort of your own home.

instant pot boiled peanuts

If you’ve ever been to a Hawaiian party you’re bound to find some yummy boiled peanuts on the pupu table. Right next to the shoyu ahi poke and edamame I mean it’s the perfect salty snack that’s handheld and hits all the right spots.

Making traditional boiled peanuts takes hours on the stove and constant monitoring to make sure the water and salt levels are right. But not to fear, thanks to modern technology there’s an easier and quicker way to do it.

Call in the Instant Pot. If you don’t have one of these you’ve got to get yourself one. It’s an electric pressure cooker and cuts down the cooking time on so many of your favorite foods, including boiled peanuts.

hand picking up instant pot boiled peanuts

What are boiled peanuts?

As the name suggests, boiled peanuts are raw or green peanuts that have been salted and boiled to give it a soft texture. There are many different ways that you can flavor Instant Pot boiled peanuts, but my personal favorite is Hawaiian salt.

Ingredients for Instant Pot boiled peanuts

  • Raw peanuts
  • Hawaiian salt
  • Water
instant pot boiled peanuts ingredients

*This is a great base recipe. You can other flavors and spices as you wish. Some common options are star anise, Chinese five spice, garlic, brown sugar, chili pepper flakes.

Raw peanuts vs green peanuts?

  • Raw peanuts are air dried and stored in a cool place. The moisture in raw peanuts is about 10%.
  • Green peanuts are freshly dug out of the ground and no moisture has been removed.

Which peanuts are used for Instant Pot boiled peanuts?

You can use either raw or green peanuts. Raw peanuts take a little longer to cook down as the moisture has been removed.

raw peanuts for instant pot boiled peanuts

What do Instant Pot boiled peanuts taste like?

Peanuts are a legume crop. Other legumes include soybeans, peas, lentils, beans, etc. Boiling the peanuts in a salty brine infuses a great salty flavor to the peanut. It’s texture is similar to that of a cooked soybean and has a salty, nutty flavor.

Can you eat peanut shells?

Although the shells of peanuts can be eaten, it’s not recommended. The shells can cause gastrointestinal distress and even blockages.

Are boiled peanuts healthy?

Peanuts are a good source of protein and fats, as well as low in carbohydrates. Boiled peanuts are higher in antioxidants than raw or roasted peanuts.

How long does it take to make Instant Pot boiled peanuts?

Traditional boiled peanuts are made on the stove top and takes about 3 ½ to 4hrs. Making this in the Instant Pot cuts the cook time down to less than 2 hours.

instant pot boiled peanuts

What type of glass can go in the Instant Pot?

Any Pyrex, glass, or ceramic that is safe to use in the oven can be used in the Instant Pot.

How to store Instant Pot boiled peanuts?

Once cooled the peanuts should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze boiled peanuts?

Yes. It will keep for up to 6 months in an airtight container.

Other great Instant Pot recipes to check out

How to make Instant Pot boiled peanuts?

  1. Rinse peanuts under running water to remove impurities.
  2. Pour peanuts, salt, and water in the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
instant pot boiled peanuts

3. Place the trivet and a bowl (any oven safe Pyrex, glass, or ceramic) over the peanuts to keep them submerged under the water. Cover and set to sealing.

instant pot boiled peanuts

4.Cook on manual high pressure for 60 minutes.

5. Allow natural pressure release for 30 minutes. Remove inner pot and drain water. Cool and ENJOY!

instant pot boiled peanuts

Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts

Yield: 1 pound
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Instant Pot boiled peanuts make the perfect salty snack. What would normally take hours can be made in half the time in the comfort of your own home.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw peanuts, shell on
  • 1/2 cup Hawaiian salt
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  1. Rinse peanuts under running water to remove impurities.
  2. Pour peanuts, salt, and water in the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  3. Place the trivet and a bowl (any oven safe Pyrex, glass, or ceramic) over the peanuts to keep them submerged under the water. Cover and set to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 60 minutes. Allow natural pressure release for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove inner pot and drain water. Cool and ENJOY!

Notes

*This is a great base recipe. You can other flavors and spices as you wish.
Some common options are star anise, Chinese five spice, garlic, brown
sugar, chili pepper flakes.

*Any Pyrex, glass, or ceramic dish that is safe to go in the oven can be used in the Instant Pot.

*This recipe fits in a 6 quart Instant Pot and larger.

*If you like your peanuts on the saltier side you can add more salt and if you like it less salty you can add less salt.
*If you like really soft peanuts you can cook the peanuts longer.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on January 24th, 2021

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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10 thoughts on “Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts Recipe”

  1. I love how the IP makes things so much easier. I cannot wait to try this out and bring to my son’s little league games to snack on (since with COVID there is no snack shack!) This is perfect

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  2. My family used to always get boiled peanuts once a year when we went to the beach. I never thought to try making them at home – what a fun treat!

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