These Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts are a certified southern delicacy, and the cook time is cut in half thanks to pressurized cooking! Go ahead and crack a few open – I bet you can’t eat just one!
I believe in the root of my soul that there is no southern delicacy finer than fresh boiled peanuts. There may be some that would challenge me on that notion, but they are entitled to their wrong opinion. There’s just something about seeing a hand painted sign on the side of the road that says “Fresh Boiled P-Nuts” that sparks a knee-jerk reaction to pull over right away and get a sack full. It’s like it’s just embedded in our DNA or something.
My grandfather was a peanut farmer in the Wiregrass area of Alabama, also known by many as The Peanut Capital of the World. Growing up in the southeastern corner of Alabama, peanuts were part of our culture. I remember many long days and nights as a child picking peanuts off of their vine while gathered around a truck bed packed to the brim, and I remember my parents getting out a huge stock pot and boiling the peanuts for hours, just so we could enjoy a batch of boiled peanuts. Those were some good memories.
This past weekend we made a visit to Enterprise, AL where I grew up to visit my mother. Her brother has been farming peanuts for what seems like forever, and we were all thrilled when he pulled into her driveway with a truck bed full for us to pick and bring back home with us. Once I got home, I poured my sack of green peanuts into my sink and washed all of the Alabama clay off of them to prep them to boil. Instead of reaching for my large stock pot, though, I reached for my Instant Pot to get the job done a little quicker.
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
- Instant pot or pressure cooker
- 2 lbs fresh green peanuts
- 1/2 cup iodized salt
- 10 cups water
- Thoroughly wash and rinse any dirt and debris off of peanuts
- Add 2 lbs of peanuts to instant pot and cover with water
- Add salt and stir using a large wooden or slotted spoon
- Close lid and seal properly
- Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes
- Allow pressure to release naturally
- Remove lid and allow peanuts to sit in their salty water for an additional hour
- Serve and enjoy
After washing and rinsing the peanuts, I measured out 2 lbs worth and placed them inside my instant pot. I added 10 cups of water to cover my peanuts – but make sure you check your pot to make sure you’re not going past the recommended fill line. I then added in the salt and gave it a good stir. I set the the timer for 60 minutes on high pressure, then let the pressure naturally release after the timer went off. Overall, this equates to about 2 hours worth of cook time when you count the time it takes for the pot to come to pressure and to release pressure.
But we’re not quite done just yet. If you’re ready to dig into the boiled peanuts at this point, by all means go ahead. They’ll be delicious. However, my personal preference is to let them sit in the salty water for at least another hour. This really makes a big difference in the saltiness in my opinion, so taste test first before deciding to let them soak any longer. The key to that perfectly salty peanut flavor is in the soaking!
What’s the difference in green peanuts and raw peanuts?
I remember being so confused by the idea of “green” peanuts as a child. Really, they’re not green at all. This term simply means that they’ve been harvested straight from the ground and still retain a lot of their moisture, making a superior boiled peanut in my opinion. The term “raw peanuts” means that they’ve been sitting out for several days after harvest and have had more time to dry out a bit. Raw peanuts are 100% fine to boil, you’ll just have to soak them for a bit and increase their cook time a smidge.
My recipe for Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts is pretty simple – just water and salt is all you need. If you feel up to it, you can experiment with peanut flavors by adding in a little creole or hot sauce into the pot to create “Cajun” boiled peanuts. I typically add about 1/8 cup creole seasoning to mine to get that scrumptious spicy Cajun flavor!
If you’re looking for some more peanut goodness, I’ve got you covered! You’ll LOVE these peanut recipes found right here on Southern Made Simple!