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.
How to make Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
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
- ⅓ 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!
FAQSIs 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 and 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. Can I freeze these? Yes. They can be frozen and reheated. Do you eat the shell too? No. Crack open and discard the shell, eating only the peanut.
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Is the cooking time really 120 minutes—2 hours??
Yes. I know it seems like a lot! But even for stovetop boiled peanuts, you may even 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.
Tried these this week and will definitely make them again. Thanks for the great recipe!
These are so good! They came out perfect!
Recipe looks delicious!
Fyi - boiled peanuts ste popular in Hawaii and Asia. Different seasoning, though.
Can you boil just plain with salt??? My husband has questioned the need for the instant pot and if this is possible he will have his answer. He loves boiled peanuts!!!!
It reduces the cook time. And also helps the brine get into peanuts that are not green and/or fresh. But, really, do you "need" a reason to use your Instant Pot?
And yes, you can certainly use only salt.
You’re using raw, fresh, right-out-of-the ground peanuts from the farmers market, right? Not the dry crunchy in-shell kind from the ballpark? Thanks!
We can find raw peanuts in our grocery stores, definitely not roasted ones.
How do you store these after cooking? Was thinking of making to take to a party.
Let them continue to sit in the brine. The longer, the better. Can be refrigerated and reheated.
Danielle S Lemons
Grew up in Florida eating cajun boiled peanuts on summer days swimming in cold springs and never heard off dill or olives in them....made these for new years and they were a hit! Everyone loved them and my boyfriend said I have to make this recipe from now on they were sooooo good! Had to improvise as I only had a crockpot and cooked on high 2 hrs then low all night long! Anybody complaining about the instant pot times crazy lol. This recipe convinced me we need an instant pot in our lives! What an amazing recipe. I added fresh smashed garlic cloves and was concerned about heat so got skimpy on jalapenos but next time definitely adding more than one. Soooo yummy!
I've never had boiled peanuts before or have any knowledge of them so please forgive my ignorance. The recipe sounded good so I thought I'd try them. They are cooking now for superbowl tomorrow. Once they are done cooking, I will let them stay in the instant pot overnight but then what do I do? 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.
When do you add the pickle juice? Do you add it when you add the water? I’ve read over the directions, but disn’t See where it said to add the pickle juice.
Sorry for the oversight. And thanks for the heads up. I've updated the instructions!
Can I skip crab oil seasoning?? What other seasoning do you recommend??
You can skip it for sure. We've actually updated the recipe to be made without it!
I looked in my store for crab boil packets. I only came across the “slap ya mama” Cajun seafood boil how much of this seasoning should I use for this recipe? I’m sure not the whole 1lb bag.
I'm not familiar with that seasoning at all.
I substituted 3 tsp “Old Bay” seasoning because I couldn’t find Crab Boil packets and reduced the salt to 1/2 cup. Came out perfecto!
Slap Ya Mama has a seasoning similar to Tony Chachere’s. It’s good. I don’t think it would be too risky to try their crab boil.
I followed the recipe to the t - they were okay. I thought it was a little salty and as far as being spicy, did not happen. Before eating the olives and what was left of the jalapenos that maybe they would be spicy, again I was disappointed . I'll follow this link and see if someone comes up with a modification to the recipe. If someone has a nice cajun recipe please share, thanks
2-3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
Lee, I recently updated the recipe to make it less salty and more cajun. Maybe give it another look? Thanks for your feedback.
Do you eat the shells? I've always wanted to try them, but I don't know how to eat them!
No, you don't eat the shells.
Man, I thought I was a trail blazer! I’ve made boiled peanuts several different ways; Cajun, salt and pepper, even Provençal! Was getting tired of throwing away pickle juice cause I eat a LOT of pickles. I named my cat pickles! I love pickles. So I started saving the brine with the intent of boiling peanuts in it. Good to see I’m not crazy thinking it will be good. I used 4-2 brine over water, fresh dill, about twenty cloves of garlic and about two tsp cayenne. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Party on!
I can find peanuts in 1 lb bags ... if I choose to half this recipe does it change the cooking time?
Hey MJ - The cook time will remain the same.
Holy good! We ommit the jalapeno for our littles...but this is by far our favorite recipe! We live up North now and our friends and family think we're nuts until they get the nerve to try them...then they fall in love...lol
If I do these in a crockpot, how long do you think?
We haven't tested this in a crockpot so it's hard to say. I would recommend looking up other crock pot boiled peanut recipes to get an idea of cook time. Then, you could add the ingredients in our recipe, but use the time from other crock pot recipes.
I tried this recipe, given that I love pickles, olives, and boiled peanuts, it seemed like it would be a winner. However, what came out was not very good after 2 hours pressure cooking and 8 hours on keep warm. They were fine, but not really what I was expecting given how flavorful the cajun boiled peanuts that I make are.
The major issue was the sealing ring in my instant pot. It now utterly reeks of this terrible combination of olive and jalepeno. I've cleaned it twice with a 2 minute vinegar steam and three times with water/lemon, but it still just reeks of that awful brine. I've had to toss it out and replace it. Even the steam valve and pressure button still smell like the brine, and I can't clean those any more than I have.
Appreciate the recipe, but not sure it's very good for the instant pot. It's certainly done a number on mine, and it was brand new. :/
This is common with any recipe with strong flavors, such as dill, curry, or even chili. We find that the odor washes out after a couple of trips though our dishwasher, but many people simply buy an extra silicone ring for their Instant Pot. They use one ring for recipes with strong flavors, and one for recipes with regular or delicate flavors.
So yummy! Not pretty, but delicious.
Do you eat the pickles and olives after or just toss them?
I usually eat some of them, but I definitely eat all of the olives.
Just tried these. I recently started making Boiled peanuts in my instant pot. I was just doing salt, cayenne, pepper flakes, chili powder, and garlic. I love dill pickles and for some reason, randomly looked up a recipe for dill pickle instant pot boiled peanuts, and this is where it lead me. I tweaked it a bit for batch size and added salt and garlic. I love that I didn't have to use my egg racks to weigh down the peanuts. When I opened the pot, the water level was low, so I stirred everything and added more water so they could soak on warm more. The peanuts are amazing, but surprisingly the pickles and olives are even better. They soaked up all that flavor so great.