One of the things I love about travel is getting to experience new food items and customs. One food item that I have always wondered about is Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts.
When we visit the Southern U.S. I always see signs for boiled peanuts. The signs are at gas stations, truck stops, roadside stands and every place in between.
Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts
I can honestly admit I was a bit nervous to find out what Boiled Peanuts are. My lovely Husband grew up in the south and loves introducing me to new southern food and terminology. He will say things sometimes that this NW Girl just doesn't quite get. Examples include...
-They are madder than a hoot owl
-It's like nailing an eel to the wall
-Butter my Biscuit look who's here
Do you have any sayings that you hear all the time?
John was so excited to put together this Cajun Boiled Peanuts Recipe. The Cajun Boiled Peanuts brought back so many memories for him of growing up in the south. I love that they are so easy to make and taste amazing. If you love snacking on peanuts you will love this recipe! This recipe is one of our favorite Game Day Crock Pot Recipes!
I love that you can get them started 12 to 24 hours before your party or event and you don't have to stress about the recipe when the party happens.
Are you supposed to eat the shell of boiled peanuts?
Some people crack the shell in their mouth to get all of the flavors or you can crack the shell with your hand. You do not eat the actual shell just the peanuts that are inside.
What are boiled peanuts good for?
Boiled Peanuts make a great snack, appetizer for a party of you can package them as a gift for any friends that love Southern Comfort Food.
How long does it take to Boil Peanuts?
We cook the boiled peanuts for 12 to 24 hours in the slow cooker to make sure they are flavorful.
- Raw peanuts, in the shell
- Dry crab boil (such as Zatarain's® Crab and Shrimp Boil)
- Garlic powder
- Cajun seasoning
- Red pepper flakes
Crockpot - We suggest using a crockpot that has a digital timer that automatically switches the slow cooker to warm after a set amount of time. This helps make sure your dinner cooks perfectly and you don't have to stress about what time it is going to be done.
How to Boil Peanuts
Step 1 - Add peanuts to Crock-Pot, add in water
Step 2 - Pour garlic powder, salt, Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes over the top. Stir everything together.
Step 3 - Place dry crab boil on top
Step 4 - Cook in the Crock Pot on low
Step 5 - Add water as needed to make sure the peanuts are covered.
Scoop the peanuts out with a slotted spoon and serve in a bowl.
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Crock Pot Cajun Boiled Peanuts
- 1 pound peanuts in the shell
- 3 Ounce Crab boil (such as Zatarain’s® Crab and Shrimp Boil)
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
- ½ cup Salt
- 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoons Red Pepper chili flakes
- 8 cups water to start
- Add peanuts to Crock-Pot, add in water
- Pour garlic powder, salt, Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes over the top. Stir everything together.
- Place dry crab boil on top
- Cook in the Crock Pot for 12-24 hours. The longer they cook the stronger the flavor.
- Add water as needed to make sure the peanuts are covered.
Recipe originally shared February 11, 2013, updated on March 11, 2020
Ok i did everything but the red pepper flakes,i didnt have any so i used old bay...now time will tell..i have the crock set to low and plan on a 24 hour cook
Thomas John Avatarici
would that crock pot be on low or high?
" Add water as needed to make sure the peanuts are covered."
My peanuts float. How to make sure they are covered?
Adding water should greatly increase cooking time also, yes?
Use "green" peanuts which are freshly plowed and picked peanuts. If the peanut shell feels dry-you may need to soak the peanuts in water first (like dry legumes). They are so good. Boiled me a few tonight
I cooked for 12 hours and gave them a taste. The flavor is awesome but not as spicey or soft as I would like so I added more red pepper flakes and now I will cook for an additional 12 hours.
Hi! My first tins making and don't have crab boil, what can I use pleas help!!
Peanuts are pretty buoyant, so how do you keep them covered with water? Or do you just put enough water in to cover, then let them be? Thanks!!
Hi, They just float in the water. I stirred them around randomly during the cooking time.
Hey Tammilee! I made these this weekend because I had just an aweful craving for spicy boiled peanuts. I followed your recipe to a tee. However, mine took over a day and a half on a low crockpot setting. I think it would be best to leave it on high. And I'm afraid mine had no spice to them almost at all. Very mild. Still delicious though.
I also made the mistake of stirring and the crab boil bag ended up on the bottom. *DUMB* The bag broke. Bummer. -_-
When I made these, they weren't spicy at all. The peanuts were fully cooked on high for over 24 hours. So I'm not sure why they didn't have any spicy flavor at all :/
From NE where can I get raw peanuts, and if I can't could you use plain in shell at store?
Hi! I've never had these, but they sound delicious. I've got a few basic questions. 1. Do I start with salted or unsalted peanuts? 2. Do I leave the crab boil in the bag like in your picture? If so, why? 3. Do I serve them wet or dry? 4. Can they be stored?
yes you leave the crab boil in the bag, it makes it easier to clean up and does not coat the peanuts in the seasoning. It is up to you if you serve them wet or dry. I strained them and served them in a big bowl. They did not last long enough in our house to store for an extended period of time.
In the south, we always made them with raw green peanuts unsalted. We could buy them at Walmart.
Wish you would have answered this. We have leftovers because we just couldn't eat all 7 lbs! How do you recommend them?
Re cook them what do you do?
Hi! I made these this weekend and boy o' boy, I'm with you there. I can't eat all of this in one sitting! However, they do keep nicely in the fridge. And 35 seconds per handful of nuts in the microwave heat them without exploding them. Happy noms!
same question as other poster - low or high on slow cooker?
I cooked them on high
Your recipe says to cook them on low but here you say high. Hope its a quick response! I'm making them now and just noticed this discrepancy!!
As a southerner through and through, I've eaten my weight in boiled peanuts through the years and was super stoked to see a crock pot recipe for such a yummy southern staple!! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!! (I shared it on my blog too.... It seemed too awesome to keep to myself! Hope that's ok!)
Do you put the crockpot on high or low?