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Make this spicy Cajun boiled peanut recipe ahead of time.
Everybody knows that these two important things go awfully well together: hunting season and football season.
That means get-togethers, entertainment, and the ever-necessary addition of good food. You should try these spicy Cajun boiled peanuts, which take a while to make, but are totally worth it and don't have a ton of prep time.
If you aren't from a southern state and you've never even heard of them before, there's a first time for everything! See how well they go over with a big group of sportsmen and women. We're betting they don't last long once the snacking starts!
Here's a rundown of the ingredients and the quick-and-dirty directions for this tasty treat that's welcome at a football watch party, as an appetizer for a wild game dinner, or in a hunting camp gathering place.
How to Make Our Cajun Boiled Peanuts Recipe
- 1 quart fresh water
- 1 pound raw peanuts
- 3 ounces dry crab boil seasoning mix (we're partial to Zatarain's, which you can get on Amazon, but use whatever you like!)
- 1/2 cup red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup salt (Kosher or sea salt)
- 2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
Heat it for 35-45 minutes in a pressure cooker, or heat it in a slow cooker for up to 24 hours. The total time may vary a bit depending on what you use.
That's all there is to it!
Famous in much of the southeastern United States, from North Carolina to Florida, and particularly in places like Georgia and Alabama, these spicy Cajun boiled peanuts are a nostalgic connection for many to the farmer's markets and roadside stands of the past.
What are raw peanuts?
Since the recipe calls for "raw peanuts," it's worth it to distinguish them from the commonly-bought roasted peanuts or other processed styles. You may be able to track them down in the produce section of your local grocery store. They're perfectly fine to eat as is, but adding these ingredients and giving them heat over a long period makes it well worth it.
Raw peanuts have had a certain amount of their moisture removed to allow for storage in a cool, dry place.
Another consideration involves the use of green peanuts, which are actually raw peanuts that have more recently been removed from the soil, meaning there's been no moisture removed. That requires immediate refrigeration and typically indicates a shorter storage period before they're no longer fresh.
Some purists would argue that only green peanuts should be used for boiled peanuts, but that's simply not true! The only difference is an extended cooking time if you use raw, in-the-shell peanuts.