Cajun Boiled Peanuts

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Cajun Boiled Peanuts

While Boiled Peanuts are a Southern tradition, this recipe for Cajun Boiled Peanuts is different from the norm in that they retain a bit of crunch. Salty and with a bit of heat from Cajun seasoning these redskin peanuts are boiled out of the shell until they reach al dente. 

I love boiled peanuts, but I’ve always thought that most boiled peanuts, or Goober Peas (as they are also known), can be a bit slimy. Normally boiled in the shell, and cooked for a long time, the peanuts will have the texture of a pea or bean.

As is my wont, I change foods to suit my own tastes. So, when I started boiling peanuts, I decided I would cook mine for a shorter time. Most often boiled in the shell, I decided to use shelled raw redskin peanuts. I’ve been boiling my peanuts like this for years now.

The most important factor is to over season the water in which the peanuts are boiled. I use both salt and Cajun seasoning for mine. While it may seem like a lot of seasoning, the finished peanuts are perfectly seasoned. The cooking time will vary somewhat depending how many peanuts, and on the freshness of the peanuts you’re boiling. So, use this recipe cooking time as a guide and start testing the peanuts at the one hour mark for the texture you prefer.

Many Southern dishes (like Fried Green Tomatoes) have gained widespread popularity, and while boiled peanuts remain relatively obscure outside of the South, I hope you’ll try this method for boiling peanuts and make them a part of your snacking.

P~

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This recipe for Cajun Boiled Peanuts is different from the norm in that they retain a bit of crunch. Salty and with a bit of heat from Cajun seasoning these redskin peanuts are boiled out of the shell until they reach al dente.
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Serves: 1 pound
Ingredients
  • 1 pound shelled raw redskin peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • Enough water to cover the peanuts, plus 4 inches
Instructions
  1. Place the peanuts in a large saucepan and cover with enough water to come about 4 inches above the level of the peanuts.
  2. Add the salt and the Cajun seasoning and stir to combine.
  3. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Lower the temperature to simmer the peanuts at a low boil for about an hour. You may have to add water to the pan.
  5. Once the peanuts get to the stage where they are soft, but maintain a bit of crunch, turn off the heat and allow to cool in the water. They will continue to cook a bit more.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, remove the peanuts to a bowl to cool.
  7. The peanuts may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for about a week.
  8. If you like them warm, they reheat well in a bit of hot water.

 

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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5 Responses to Cajun Boiled Peanuts

  1. These look much tastier than any other boiled peanut I’ve ever seen. I’m gonna make these when we get back to the states! 🙂

  2. Charming says:

    The peanuts is awesome!!

  3. craig says:

    being from California, how do you enjot the peanuts? after you boil them, do you have to eat them right away, or they good to eat days later?

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