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spicy boiled peanut help

FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,319
I have done boiled peanuts a few times with varying levels of success (and failure)

I never know what salt to water to peanut ration to use

so I bought 2 lbs of peanuts today. I want to make some spicy boiled peanuts for this weekend. can someone help with my seasoning, salt to water ratio, and any other tips you have? The pot I am using is around 14qts?


  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 31,307

    Many online boiled peanut recipes recommend using way too much salt, and then warn you not to leave the boiled peanuts soaking in the water too long or they will become too salty. The proper method of boiling peanuts is to use less salt initially, then the boiled peanuts can soak for many hours and not get saltier over time. 

    We recommended boiling with no or little salt until the peanuts get soft and wet inside. Adding salt after they have boiled to softness speeds up the boiling time. Salt slows down the softening of boiled peanuts, just as it slows down the softening while boiling dried beans. 

    When you are ready to add salt, start with about 6-8 Tablespoons of salt per gallon of water. I typically use about 8 Tablespoons of salt per Gallon of water (1 Teaspoon of salt per pint of water), but sometimes use up to 10 Tablespoons of salt per gallon for friends that like more salt. 

    As you boil the peanuts water evaporates, which increase the salt concentration in the water, so add water as they boil to maintain the same salinity throughout the boil.

    It is easier to add salt later in the boil than to reduce the salt if you add too much early. 
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  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 2,319
    ^ thanks! to make it spicy do I just add raw chopped peppers?
  • ElijahElijah Posts: 356
    I use hot sauce. I generally boil 3 hours before I start worrying about getting the seasoning right. After that pull a few every 10 minutes or so until you get them where you want them. 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 13,449
    I apply my salt on the front end. I put a heave dose, but that is relative as I generally cook more than a couple of pounds at a time. I think it is a judgement really. You can always add more for the soak, so go conservative if applying up front. 

    On the spicy side, I  don’t do them as I love mine without heat or other flavor. Regardless, enjoy the boil, peanuts and the 4th holidays. 
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  • SGHSGH Posts: 26,478
    ^ thanks! to make it spicy do I just add raw chopped peppers?
    Use any of the “liquid” crab/shrimp/crawfish boils. All of these are excellent for peanuts.  

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  • PoppasGrillPoppasGrill Posts: 274
    I use a base of bouillon ( beef) and add jalapeños along with potato chunks, pickle chunks and a few odd veggies. Season to taste
    its not for everyone, but I like it
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