Spicy Cajun Boiled Peanuts

Spicy Cajun Boiled Peanuts -- are salty, spicy, nutty and oh so addictive. Perfect for summer snack time, late night movie marathon and for entertaining. A classic Southern delicacy!

Course Snacks
Cuisine Southern
Servings 4 -5
Calories 337 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 1 pound raw peanuts in the shell
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 9 cups water (add as you go)


  1. Wash the peanuts, then place in Large pot .Add water , salt , onion and garlic powder, creole seasoning, and pepper flakes .

  2. Cover and Cook for about 2 hours or more depending on the peanuts - more if you like really soft

  3. Do a taste test towards the end of cooking - adjust salt , with more or less water to suit your tastebuds.

  4. If cooking African Style cook for about 3 minutes or more - with boil water and salt.

Recipe Notes

  1. Fresh green peanuts in shells, not the roasted or cooked ones, are the best type to boil.
  2. Ready made boiled peanuts are also available in cans at local chain grocery markets. But I prefer to buy those hot boiled peanuts on the roadside stands, gas stations or on large outdoor events cause I feel like I’m helping them out by buying from them instead from bigger food companies.
  3. In boiling older raw peanuts, you’ll definitely need to use a lot of salt as you need to refill the boiling water continuously to achieve your desired softness. To check if you’ve reached the desired softness, take a sample out of the pot to taste them.
  4. You may adjust the seasonings to your preference especially if you want it less spicy and salty.
  5. Boiled peanuts can be stored in the fridge in a freezer containers for only 2-3 days. To store them, allow your boiled peanuts to cool down before transferring the liquid and the peanuts in a covered container. Refrigerate them for 2-3 days.
  6. When serving up, extract those peanuts into a bowl with its liquid. Leave them soaked in its liquid to retain the salty, spicy flavor and heat level while snacking on it. Make sure to have napkins on hand while munching on them as it often drip spicy juice when you split open the shells.
  7. There should be enough liquid to cover the peanuts at all times to prevent it from being salty. Add as you go.
  8. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.