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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts – Cajun and Dill

boiled peanuts in Instant Pot with sliced pickles, jalapenos, and olives.

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.

 

Boiled peanuts in red bowl with Instant Pot in background.

 

The Process

Raw peanuts being washed under running water in white colander.

Thoroughly wash raw peanuts under running water.

 

Raw peanuts in Instant Pot.

Add peanuts to an empty pot.

 

3 Jalapenos in cutting board.

Place jalapeños on cutting board…

 

Jalapenos cut on cutting board with knife.

…and slice them.

 

2 pickles on cutting board.

Place pickles on cutting board…

 

Pickles cut on cutting board with knife.

…and slice them.

 

Pickles, jalapenos, olives, and crab boil in Instant Pot.

Add jalapeños, pickles, pickle juice, olives (with juice), and crab boil seasoning packet to pot. DO NOT STIR.

 

Pickles, jalapenos, olives, and crab boil in Instant Pot topped with salt.

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.

 

Cooked boiled peanuts with pickles, jalapenos, olives, and crab boil in Instant Pot topped with salt.

Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally. Then let the peanuts sit for as long as you can stand it! I’ve made these several times and recommend cooking them at night and letting them sit overnight on the “keep warm” setting. Before you stir them, carefully remove the crab boil seasoning packet. They rip pretty easily.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

Boiled peanuts in red bowl with Instant Pot in background.

 

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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts in Dill Brine

These peanuts have an interesting dill flavor that combines perfectly with cajun spice.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Keyword cajun, dill, peanuts, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 32
Calories 178 kcal
Author The Foodie East

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash raw peanuts under running water. Add peanuts to an empty pot.

  2. Add jalapeños, pickles, pickle juice, olives (with juice), and crab boil seasoning packet to pot. DO NOT STIR.

  3. 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. 

  4. Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 120 minutes.

  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts in Dill Brine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 246mg 10%
Potassium 199mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 2.2%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Betsy Woodruff
    December 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Is the cooking time really 120 minutes—2 hours??

    • Reply
      Gary
      December 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      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.

  • Reply
    Appetizers & Snacks | Instant Pot Resources
    December 29, 2018 at 3:56 am

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    • Reply
      Robert
      January 18, 2019 at 4:29 pm


      Making them right now. Can’t wait to taste them

      • Reply
        Gary
        January 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

        Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  • Reply
    Katie
    December 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm


    Tried these this week and will definitely make them again. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply
    Becky
    December 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm


    These are so good! They came out perfect!

  • Reply
    Amber
    January 15, 2019 at 12:59 pm


    Recipe looks delicious!
    Fyi – boiled peanuts ste popular in Hawaii and Asia. Different seasoning, though.

  • Reply
    Paula Yawn
    January 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    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!!!!

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      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.

  • Reply
    April
    January 17, 2019 at 2:58 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 17, 2019 at 7:42 am

      We can find raw peanuts in our grocery stores, definitely not roasted ones.

  • Reply
    Jamie
    January 17, 2019 at 11:53 am

    How do you store these after cooking? Was thinking of making to take to a party.

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Let them continue to sit in the brine. The longer, the better. Can be refrigerated and reheated.

  • Reply
    Danielle S Lemons
    January 27, 2019 at 11:31 pm


    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!

  • Reply
    Sean
    February 2, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    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?

    • Reply
      Gary
      February 3, 2019 at 8:04 am

      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.

  • Reply
    Cathy
    March 24, 2019 at 6:50 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Gary
      March 24, 2019 at 7:42 am

      Sorry for the oversight. And thanks for the heads up. I’ve updated the instructions!

  • Reply
    Deepa
    March 24, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Can I skip crab oil seasoning?? What other seasoning do you recommend??

    • Reply
      Gary
      March 24, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      You can skip it for sure. I don’t have an alternate suggestion. There’s still plenty of flavor in there though.

  • Reply
    Cindy
    April 10, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Gary
      April 11, 2019 at 11:34 am

      I’m not familiar with that seasoning at all.

  • Reply
    Michael Schroeder
    May 18, 2019 at 9:06 am


    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!

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