Cue the Glen Campbell because we’re in the throes of those summer Southern Nights! That’s right, this time Jeffrey passes the lens to everyone’s favorite husky-voiced magnolia, Richard!
Southern Boiled Peanuts aren’t your ordinary peanuts. These are a lovely, salty treat packed with flavor, are soft to the chew and are just fun to eat. You can make them spicy, zesty, mild – anyway you want it really.
And they’d normally take between 2.5-3 hours to boil on the stove, but thanks to the Instant Pot, we can do this in half the time making this the perfect example of how the IP can really cook many things so much more conveniently than traditional methods (and not heating up your kitchen at the same time)!
They’re literally one of the easiest things you’ll make in the Instant Pot and you’ll be sitting on the front porch appreciating life just a little more as you suck the brine off each one before sucking out those little treasures.
Here’s How We Made It:
First off, this is a seasonal treat as they are really only commonly found in the warmer months (late spring/summer/early fall) of the year.
Take a bunch of green peanuts (this mean they have been pre-soaked and are dampened, not the actual color of the peanuts). You can find them at farmer’s markets in the south or at many Asian markets throughout the world. If you can;t find green peanuts, use raw but the cooking time will be much longer.
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Rinse the peanuts well (they won’t smell amazing at first since they are so fresh and are grown in the dirt).
Then, transfer them to the Instant Pot and add salt, cajun seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes (if you want it spicy)…
…and Zatartain’s (if you want a real nice zest – but only use a little!)
Add enough water to cover all the peanuts and mix all the seasonings up well.
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You’ll also want to use a steaming basket if possible to force the peanuts down when they cook as many will want to float. Cook those babies up now on high pressure.
When done, you can either eat them hot OR cold (I feel like this is a 50-50 split on how people like to eat them, but we prefer them cold) and suck the peanut to get some of that delicious brine off.
Then crack the shell with your teeth and eat the peanuts out. They should be soft and mushy and have that delicious salty and spicy flavor!
A GREAT snack for anytime of the day to have a little of the south in your mouth!