Boiled Peanuts – A Southern Delicacy


boiled peanut

Boiled Peanuts!?
People boil peanuts and eat them?
And they’re good?
Does this sound strange to you?

Well, boiled peanuts are delicious! I have been eating boiled peanuts as long as I can remember and I am slightly addicted to them. All of my children love them, especially Lauren and Michael. I had a craving for them when I woke up this morning, so I had to go get me a cup.

In our area we have a lot of boiled peanut stands on the side of the road selling none other than boiled peanuts in a variety of flavors. Just like any food, some are better prepared than others. It’s seems that the older folks really know how to make them. A retired friend of mind sells a lot cups of boiled peanuts in a week at his stand.

Boiled peanuts

Regular boiled peanuts, spicy boiled peanuts, cajun peanuts, etc. in 16 ounce cups and larger. You can see the two size cups sitting on the counter in the picture below.


Boiled peanuts are a great snack packed high in protein.

boiled peanuts

Just look at those delicious little peanuts!

What does a boiled peanut taste like? Well, kind of like a garbanzo bean and the texture of edamame beans. But they are soft, peanutt-y tasting and a very delicious snack.

boiled peanut

Be careful cracking them open because the juices from boiling them can squirt you in the face! Oh, when your done, save the shells for the garden compost.

Once you crack them open….yum!

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30 thoughts on “Boiled Peanuts – A Southern Delicacy

  1. this reminded of my childhood years, spent in Quetta, Pakistan, where in the winter months we always had a pot of boiled/boiling peanuts on the coal stove. Umm yummm, and yes careful when splitting open, for it sure does squirt. but with salt, yummy nothing like it.

  2. I lived in the South for many years and I saw those roadside stalls all along the highways. I have tried to like boiled peanuts but every time I’d stop – filled with hope that these peanuts would be different – I would end up tossing the bag. I have no idea why they don’t do it for me. 🙂

  3. I love boiled peanuts too michael and have been eating them since I was a child. They taste yummy! Haven’t had them for a long time now and this post made me reminisce my childhood 🙂

  4. You brought back memories! I haven’t had them in years, but boiled peanuts were my mom’s favorite, and she and my dad often bought them from roadside stands. I have never seen them for sale in a grocery store. And, yes, i have been squirted in the face a few times by that juice!

  5. I love boiled peanuts! Or ‘bald” peanuts as some folks around here call them! I’ve wanted to make my own for a long time, but I’ve never gotten around to it. I have a recipe I saved a long time ago for Cheerwine boiled peanuts and I’m really curious to see what they taste like.

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