Make Ahead

Maryland Style Boiled Peanuts with Old Bay

June  7, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Makes 1 lb.
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

What You'll Need
  • 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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7 Reviews

Summer O. August 9, 2011
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.
BlueKaleRoad August 9, 2011
I've never made boiled peanuts and can't wait to try!
mrslarkin August 8, 2011
I love this recipe. Where can I find green peanuts?
Summer O. June 15, 2011
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.

Sagegreen June 14, 2011
I haven't had boiled peanuts since I lived in South Carolina! Thanks for this recipe for them.
Droplet June 14, 2011
I have been wanting to try boiled peanuts, but up to 8 hours cooking times that I have seen had scared me off.
Midge June 7, 2011
Oh how I miss boiled peanuts. Old Bay is perfect for them!