Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
I don’t think people around the world eat boiled peanuts. 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. 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.
And this is the AMAZING Result…
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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts in Dill Brine
These peanuts have an interesting dill flavor that combines perfectly with cajun spice.
- 2 lbs. raw peanuts in shells
- 3 jalapeños sliced
- 2 dill pickles sliced
- 7 oz. jar of green olives with juice
- 1 crab boil packet
- 2/3 cup sea salt
- 2 cups dill pickle juice
- 6 cups water
- 1 tsp. cayenne optional
Thoroughly wash raw peanuts under running water. Add peanuts to an empty pot.
Add jalapeños, pickles, pickle juice, olives (with juice), and crab boil seasoning packet to pot. DO NOT STIR.
Add salt, cayenne, 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! Before you stir them, carefully remove the crab boil seasoning packet. They rip pretty easily.
I’ve made these several times and recommend cooking them at night and letting them sit overnight on the "keep warm" setting.
If you use a full teaspoon of cayenne, the peanuts will be very spicy. Reduce amount of pepper if you prefer less spicy food.