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.
- 1 pound shelled raw redskin peanuts
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
- Enough water to cover the peanuts, plus 4 inches
- Place the peanuts in a large saucepan and cover with enough water to come about 4 inches above the level of the peanuts.
- Add the salt and the Cajun seasoning and stir to combine.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Lower the temperature to simmer the peanuts at a low boil for about an hour. You may have to add water to the pan.
- 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.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the peanuts to a bowl to cool.
- The peanuts may be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for about a week.
- If you like them warm, they reheat well in a bit of hot water.