Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

Boiled peanuts are common to most southerners and a unique culinary experience.


  1. Add the raw peanuts to a slow-cooker; add water to cover, then add the salt.
  2. Place the lid on the slow-cooker; cook on HIGH.
  3. Every 2 hours, while the peanuts are cooking, give them a stir, and add additional water if needed (the water should always be at about the same level as the peanuts).
  4. With the exception of you spot checks--the slow-cooker should be kept covered throughout the cooking process.
  5. When the peanuts have cooked 6 hours, taste them (you do remove the outer shell before eating one).
  6. If they are too salty, remove some of the salty water and replace it with fresh water.
  7. If they are not salty enough, add more salt.
  8. Continue cooking for at least a few hours more--every hour after the initial 6 hours of cooking, remove a peanut, let it cool down, and taste for doneness.
  9. The final product should be tender yet firm and should be salty and earthy in taste.
  10. The cooking process can take up to 12 hours to reach this point (the proper cooking time is very subjective; cook the peanuts to your taste).
  11. When desired doneness, drain the peanuts and serve them warm.
Most Helpful

I grew up in SC and LOVE boiled peanuts. I buy raw peanuts in 25 lb boxes from Pittsburgh Snax and Nut Company. It's the only place close to where I live in WV that sells them. Some times I will add some cajun seasoning like Tony Chachere's for part of the salt. You can also add a couple chopped hot peppers and some minced garlic to the water an hour or so before they're done.

PAUL P. May 16, 2010

I am from Charleston, SC and must have these as a snack on the boat or at the beach. When the peanuts were done, my dad always cooled them quickly by putting ice cubes in the water. He said it helped the peanuts absorb the salt.

Ann D. July 02, 2010

I love boiled peanuts and would eat them anytime I could while growing up in the South. Now that I have moved to Wyoming I get raw peanuts sent to me in the mail and this is the easiest and best way I have found to make boiled peanuts.

SLColman May 15, 2006