These Instant Pot boiled peanuts have an interesting dill flavor that combines perfectly with cajun spice. A southern classic street food!
(Originally posted on December 28, 2018. Updated recipe on November 17, 2019)
I don’t think everyone even knows what boiled peanuts are. I mean, we eat them like crazy in the south! But I’m not even sure anybody else in America really eats them – which is shocking to me because they’re so delicious. As you probably know already… peanuts are not nuts at all; they’re legumes (aka beans). So it makes perfect sense to boil them, right? Well, these Instant Pot boiled peanuts are my gift to all you.
This particular recipe was developed after I recently tasted some at a Florida flea market that blew my mind! I had never heard of using a dill brine, but it quickly became my favorite way to eat them. The flavor is WAY more interesting than just pure cajun spice.
Why This Recipe Works
- Using a pressure cooker, versus boiling on the stove top, greatly reduces the cook time.
- Cooking under pressure helps the brine get into peanuts that are not green and/or fresh, as is often the case with store bought raw peanuts.
More Instant Pot Recipes with a Twist
- Instant Pot Cilantro-Lime Creamed Corn
- Instant Pot Shephard’s Pie with Turkey and Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Bread Pudding- Savory with Mushrooms and Parmesan
And this is the AMAZING Result…
- You may be tempted to stir the ingredients together. Do not stir! We want all the peanuts to remain submerged, with the other ingredients sitting on top. If you stir them, the peanuts will all float to the top.
- The longer the peanuts sit, the better. I recommend cooking them at night and letting them sit overnight on the “keep warm” setting. They’ll be more flavorful, and more tender.
Is a 2 hour cook time really necessary? Yes. I know it seems like a lot! But even for stovetop boiled peanuts, you may need to cook up to 4 hours. It all really depends on the peanuts: how fresh they are, and how young or old they are. And… how soft you like them.
Can I use roasted peanuts in the shell? No, this recipe is written for raw peanuts. Our grocery stores carry them in the produce section. You can also purchase raw peanuts on Amazon.
After cooking, do I drain the liquid and let the nuts dry or do I serve them in the pot in the liquid? Let them stay in the brine the whole time. Have each person use a slotted spoon to get them out and eat them right away. You don’t want them to dry out.
How long do these keep? These can be kept refrigerated for up to one week.
Can I freeze these? Yes. They can also be frozen and reheated.
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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts in Dill Brine
- 2 lbs. raw peanuts in shells
- 3 jalapeños sliced
- 2 dill pickles sliced
- 7 oz. jar of green olives with juice
- 1/3 cup creole seasoning
- 2 cups dill pickle juice
- 6 cups water
- Thoroughly wash raw peanuts under running water. Add peanuts to an empty pot.
- Add jalapenos, pickles, and olives to pot. DO NOT STIR.
- Add creole seasoning, pickle juice, and water. Again, DO NOT STIR. We want all the peanuts to remain submerged. And if you stir them, they will all float to the top.
- Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 120 minutes.
- Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally. Then let the peanuts sit for as long as you can stand it!
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