Maryland Style Boiled Peanuts

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Author Notes: Boiled peanuts are more road vittles than street food but still a tasty portable snack. Any road trip in the South involves a stop at a road side stand with a tempting sign advertising 'P-NUTS'. Put them in your cup holder and the trip is easier. My Dad is from Baltimore and my mom, Charleston; this recipe combines those two culinary backgrounds, a Southern classic paired with a Maryland staple, Old Bay. Summer of Eggplant

Makes 1 lb.

  • 1 pound Large green peanuts
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons Tabasco
  • Water
  1. Put peanuts in a large pot and fill with water, bring to a boil; add the seasonings. When the pot reaches a boil, boil for 45 minutes - 1 hour. The peanuts should be firm, not mushy, more like al dente pasta. This amount of peanuts should not involve the need for refreshing the water in the pot, but should the water evaporate, add more water. Cool and serve at room temperature.

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about 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

mrslarkin - I have attempted a response several times and against my will the phrase 'up north' continues to recur. I buy mine at the grocery store or farmer's market. Beyond that I cannot offer any insight as I suspect it is a regional hiccup. The Lee Brothers reference the availability of green P-nuts in NYC several years ago in one of their cookbooks. I wish I had a better answer. If we aren't violating any inter-state trade or agriculture laws perhaps I could overnight you some.


about 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I've never made boiled peanuts and can't wait to try!


about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I love this recipe. Where can I find green peanuts?


about 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

You're welcome! I find a small batch like this only takes an hour. I also like mine a little al dente, sometimes you get them and they are so mushy they are impossible to eat.


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

I haven't had boiled peanuts since I lived in South Carolina! Thanks for this recipe for them.


about 4 years ago Droplet

I have been wanting to try boiled peanuts, but up to 8 hours cooking times that I have seen had scared me off.


about 4 years ago Midge

Oh how I miss boiled peanuts. Old Bay is perfect for them!