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Spicy Cajun Boiled Peanuts

Boiled Peanuts are salty, spicy, nutty, and oh so addictingly delicious. A classic Southern delicacy made even tastier with the addition of Creole Seasoning. A simple, easy, and super affordable healthy treat perfect for late afternoon snacks, movie marathons, and entertaining. Yum!
Course Snacks
Cuisine Southern
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 26kcal
Author Imma


  • 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)


  • Wash the peanuts, then place them in a large pot. Add water, salt, onion and garlic powder, Creole seasoning, and pepper flakes. 
  • Cover and cook for about two hours or more depending on the peanuts - more if you like them really soft.
  • Do a taste test towards the end of cooking – adjust salt with more or less water to suit your tastebuds. If cooking them African-style, cook for about 3 minutes or more – with boil water and salt.
  • If cooking African-style cook, for about 3 minutes more - with boil water and salt.


  1. Fresh green peanuts in shells, not the roasted or cooked ones, are the best type to boil.
  2. Ready-made canned boiled peanuts are also available at many Southern grocery markets. But I prefer to buy those hot boiled peanuts at the roadside stands, gas stations, or significant outdoor events because I feel like I'm helping them out by purchasing from them instead of commercialized food companies.
  3. In boiling older raw peanuts, you'll definitely need to use a lot of salt as you will 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. When serving up, extract those peanuts into a bowl with its liquid. Leave them soaked in their 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 drips spicy juice when you split open the shells.
  6. There should be enough liquid to cover the peanuts to prevent them from being too salty.
  7. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.


Serving: 115g | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9494mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1633IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg