Garlic and Onion Boiled Peanuts

    4 hours 20 mins

    Here's an original twist to a Southern favorite. The garlic flavor really comes out in this recipe whether the peanuts are served hot or cold. I love them served room temperature with a cold beer on a summer day! You can also begin cooking the peanuts, then let them soak overnight, and continue cooking the next day. Serve hot or cold, and make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand because these are messy.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
    • 30 cloves garlic
    • 1 1/2 pounds raw peanuts, in shells
    • 1/2 pound salt

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr20min 

    1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook until softened and transparent, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
    2. Add the peanuts and salt to the onion mixture. Fill the pot with water until the peanuts are submerged, and use a large colander fitted into the pot to hold them under water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium, and simmer. Check the water level, and when it reaches the level of the peanuts, add more. Turn up the heat to medium-high and bring the peanuts to a boil; the lower heat to medium, and simmer. Repeat steps until peanuts are soft, 4 to 6 hours. Drain, and serve hot or cold.

    The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the salted boiling liquid. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

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    These are really tasty! For the seasoning, I poured 3/4 cup salt into a measuring cup and filled it up to the 1 cup line with garlic powder, garlic salt, mixed up salt, Emerils seasoning, and a little cayene pepper. I don't like them too mushy so I just let them boil for about 3 hours. The trick to the right degree of saltiness according to your taste is to let them soak in their brine after they boil, and taste one every 15 mins or so until they are the way you like them. I let them soak for about another hour. Then drain them and rinse because they're really messy otherwise. Then I dried them a little in handfuls with paper towels and put them in a big tuperware container.  -  18 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These peanuts had a really good taste, but they were too salty for me. Next time I make them, I'll cut all the ingredients except the peanuts in half. Anyone who loves boiled peanuts, this is definitely worth your time to make!  -  24 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I think the last person who reviewed this recipe meant to give it at least four stars. She said, "this is definitely worth you time making." So, I just wanted to boost the rating score a little bit. Oh yes, I made it and it is very good.  -  13 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)