Boiled Peanuts Recipe

A better way to peanut. No ball game needed.
May 5, 2020, 11:00am
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Makes about 4 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 6 hours, plus overnight soaking


12 ounces|326 grams raw (unroasted) shell-on peanuts

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

2 jalapeños, halved lengthwise

1 cup|250 ml sour orange juice

2 tablespoons achiote powder

2 tablespoons white vinegar

4 teaspoons kosher salt

cilantro leaves, for garnish


1. Whisk together the salt, sour orange, garlic, achiote, and vinegar with 6 cups water in a medium saucepan. Add the peanuts and jalapeño and refrigerate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

2. Bring the peanut mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, partially covered and adding water as needed, until the peanuts are super tender, about 6 hours.

3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peanuts to a serving bowl. Ladle the juice over the top and garnish with the cilantro.

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