Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts

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Using a slow cooker makes these boiled peanuts even easier!

Yesterday I had to have an electrician come out to do some work for a kitchen upgrade I hope to tell you about soon.  In that awkwardness where he’s working and sweating and I’m sitting on the couch watching television, I found myself trying to find something productive to do.  I grabbed a rag and went through the house wiping smudgey fingerprints off of walls and door facings.  Right outside of Jack’s bedroom I was scrubbing away when it hit me… the years of me cleaning his fingerprints off of things are numbered.  The thought brought me to my knees.   The past nearly 7 years seem nothing short of a whirlwind and I know the next 11 or so will seem even faster – a literal “blink of the eye.”  I felt the tears well up and I continued to rub those fingerprints.  I heard the electrician call for me, and I stood up and tried my best to gain my composure – you know so he didn’t see a 33 year old man in the floor crying and all 🙂 – and went off to answer his question.  Later that day, I realized why God put that on my heart.  We’ve been toying with the idea of allowing Jack to play baseball in one of the bigger more competitive leagues here in town.  It’s something I’ve been vehemently against, but something that he and my wife have both been pushing for.  He’s an amazing little ball player – which baffles me.  I have yet to find the humor in the fact that God gave an incredibly athletic child to someone who’s athletic skill is so pathetic that he is afraid to throw the football in the front yard with his son for fear the neighbors might see him.  (Neighbors, if you’re reading this, I’m just kidding.  Not really.)  These leagues can be so competitive and put so much pressure on these little guys, it just overwhelms me.  I want to keep him in the little cocoon that is t-ball and coach pitch where I know the coach won’t yell at him if he screws up and where it really isn’t all about winning.  But, I realized that if he’s passionate about this and he’s good at it, I’ve got to let him try to be his best.  It’s just scary for this daddy.  And Lord help the first person that yells at my kid… and that’s all I’m going to say about that.  🙂

Using a slow cooker makes these boiled peanuts even easier!

I have such fond memories of boiled peanuts.  I loved them as kid and still do.  I remember my Dad bringing home boiled peanuts when a guy would come to his shop selling them.  It didn’t happen too often, but I loved peeking the fridge to see that bag of peanuts sitting there.

These Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts are so simple and easy.  The slow cooker does all the work and you don’t have to watch over them for hours upon hours.  And don’t worry, these aren’t spicy at all.  The hot sauce and creole seasoning give them flavor, not heat.  If you do like them spicy, I recommend adding in 3 or 4 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes.  Be sure to check out my note about using raw peanuts versus raw GREEN peanuts.  The green peanuts are usually labelled as such and are also usually heavier and a bit damp.  Raw dried peanuts will work too, you’ll just need to prep them a bit the night before.

Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts
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  • 2 lbs raw green peanuts
  • ½ cup salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ⅓ cup hot sauce
  • ¼ cup creole seasoning (I use Zatarain's)
  • 10 cups water
  1. Rinse the peanuts in cool water and place them into the crock of the slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 20 to 24 hours. Discard liquid and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I prefer raw green peanuts in this recipe, but raw dried peanuts will work as well. When using raw dried peanuts, I recommend soaking them in cool water overnight before placing them in the slow cooker.

A note about the creole seasoning: Most creole seasonings have salt in them. If you use one that doesn't, I suggest adding an additional ¼ cup salt.

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  1. I know it is so hard to watch our little ones grow up. Knowing that my little man is now 19 just blows my mind! It happens so fast but he has turned out to be a great young man. I am so proud of him and his big heart. He never got the baseball bug but man he loved soccer.

    I have never had boiled peanuts…..crazy right? These sound good and I can’t wait to try them.

  2. Jessica Caster says:

    Your post about your son made tears well up in my eyes! My oldest just graduated high school and let me tell you…. God really has brought me out of my comfort zone to teach me how to trust Him more and more! My goodness… The Lord was right when He said Life is like a mist. It was just yesterday I saw my oldest youngins face for the first time and now she is spreading her wings to fly. But I know Jesus has her! His will for her will be accomplished and His will is perfect even if He has to pry my fingers off of her. 🙂 and p.s….. I brake for boiled peanuts! Now I can make them at home! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. How do you eat these? Shell and all? Never tried them.


    • Julia Dawn Mason says:

      You shell the peanuts, you only what is indide the shell, throw the empty shells away in the garbage or compost heap.

    • Leh,

      For some of us, the best part is the juice that comes out of the shell when you place the whole nut (with shell) into your mouth and crack it open with your teeth. Once cracked and juice released just remove the shell portion and enjoy the peanut meats. This process can be a little cumbersome at first, but if you find that you enjoy the juice, you will become quite good at the process after a few handfuls of boiled peanuts! Allan

    • Thanks for the kind explanations on how to eat boiled peanuts – I’ll give them a try!

  4. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    I know exactly what you are talking about. My two boys were never interested in sports until the youngest son wanted to try playing baseball at age 12. We let him play and he was pretty good even with no T-ball experience . He was on three good teams for the first 3 years and won a County championship. But the last year he played the coach did not require them to practice on a regular basis and my son wanted to quit. he was used to being on a team that required practice three days a week or more.We told him if he finished the season out, he did not have to play again. So he did finish the season and he went on to go into the US Navy where he is currently coming up on his 20 year anniversary in the service. he just had a new son born in Feb to join the family of my son , daughter-in-law and grandson Tyler. Hunter was born on Feb 12th.
    So enjoy your son’s sports while you can , they seem to pass very fast.

    I grew up eating boiled peanuts at every family gathering, I moved here to Bartow FL with my parents before I turned 2 years old. I now live in Lakeland FL which is 15 miles from Bartow..

  5. We live in North Carolina, do you know any place to buy raw green peanuts? Market, store, in the field….. We used to eat the boiled raw green ones and they are the best by far.

  6. My children are grown.. The grandchildren’s fingerprints do NOT. Get washed off until I have savoured them – for weeks. I may have even taken pictures of them! Lol!

  7. These peanuts look great!
    I have never actually had boiled peanuts so this is really something new for me!
    But I love peanuts and I am always trying new ways of preparing them.
    Thanks Stacey!

  8. Winnie Mom says:

    Absolutely love boiled peanuts –must be green ones though. I have never put in the cajjun seasonings -only salt but will try next time. Using the dried peanuts the nuts don’t absorb the salt as good. My grandson told me about an alternative when he can’t get green peanuts to boil. He opens a can of garbanzo beans and warms them in the microwave. These he doesn’t have to shell. I’ve not tried them though–Enjoy your blog and your ponderings.

  9. My dad was from Florida and turned us onto them at a very young age. We still love them. But I have never made them, thanks for the recipe. Once when I was working in local ER, ( RN ret.), my dad boiled some and I brought them to work. One of the Docs was from Boston, he tried them. but didn’t like them, spit them out. hahaha he did the same with our Cajun cracklins!! Oh well, more for us!!

  10. Cathrin Owens says:

    I live in a small Florida panhandle town where boiled peanuts are the highlight of Crestview Bulldawg football. The peanuts come from a local farmer. Of course, Go Dawgs and all that… but Lawd Hammercy- them peanuts!!! It’s been YEARS since I’ve made my own, but I’ma gonna do it, YES indeed! Thanks, Stacey!

  11. I have had no trouble finding green peanuts at Asian markets in Michigan.

  12. Have you heard of people fixing dried shelled peanuts like navy beans? I live up North where black pepper is a deadly spice and green peppers are “HOT”…. Most of the time I would have to survive off cans of boiled peanuts from Walmart. (They smuggle them behind the ice curtain..) Thankfully Asians eat raw peanuts!!!

  13. Vicki McCullough says:

    I started these in the crockpot Friday so that they would be ready for the Auburn and Alabama games yesterday–DELISH!!! My husband loved them so that made me happy.
    They are quite salty but then, who doesn’t love ’em some salt?!? Thanks, Stacey!

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  15. I’m making some of these for my Super Bowl party! I hardly ever boil peanuts because it’s such a pain, so I can’t wait to see how they turn out in the slow cooker. You can’t really find green peanuts this time of year, but the produce market down the street from me sold me some of their raw ones that they were roasting and I soaked them overnight.

  16. I’ve never done this before and plan to use a Crock Pot. Will dry roasted peanuts work?

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