Most of us know how to boil peanuts with the shell before. but do you know how to make them spicy in Instant Pot? Well, we are here to help you out with this post, the spicy boiled peanuts in the instant pot. It is a small attempt to explore the possible ways to use the instant pot to the maximum extent.
Spicy boiled peanuts are a perfect healthy snack made effortlessly for the whole family and friends. The peanuts will soft and moist, slightly crunchy. Tastes nutty and salty.
And the making is so much easier than you think of. This method is notably easy than the traditional way of cooking. Add your favorite spices to make it more robust and wholesome.
Are you someone who grew up with munching on peanuts? If yes I'm the one among you. We the whole family are fond of the peanuts and also adore the way of eating it.
I have a Southern friend who always speaks about the goodness of peanuts and expresses how they enjoy having it from the roadside vendors when she was young.
Surprisingly back in India, we do have the same sort of street-side vendors who sells boiled peanuts and roasted peanuts. If you are an Indian possibly, you might have experienced or heard stories from your parents about these. Thanks to today's modern kitchen machines for making it possible spicy boiled peanuts.
This boiled peanut is one of the most common snacks available on the roadside a couple of decades ago. Unlike now, the markets will be loaded with peanuts with shells in the harvesting season. It was popular because it is budget-friendly and gives filly satisfaction.
In my home, this is one of the snacking dishes that my mom makes often. I still remember she used to boil the peanuts on the stovetop and serve super-hot along with cooked salty water. This gives a punch and then makes it highly addictive. This spicy boiled peanuts brought back all those old memories.
When we used to visit our dad’s hometown in my childhood days, here, I need to mention and that this small town where the crazy restaurants and the crazy Street stalls are not popular about 30 years ago.
Those days, roadside vendors sell the ‘so-called’ organic and healthy dishes which are straight from the farm. But sadly, nowadays, most of them have vanished not only from the streets but also from people's minds.
How to eat boiled peanuts
The process of eating the peanuts needs some simple technique the same is applicable to spicy boiled peanuts as well. We need to grab a peanut from the hot salty water. Then need to blow the air gently to cool it down.
Then crack open it slightly pressing its head. Like a treasure, the vibrant nut appears in the middle. Take it out, eat, and repeat the same. If you have people around you, great, then start to enjoy chatting with them.
This spicy boiled peanuts make the regular snacking time to the family time, where everyone sits together and munching on peanuts and share their stories.
The people nowadays are traveling back and started exploring all those forgotten traditional recipes. These boiled peanuts are also overlooked by many of us in this modern era. Using the dry peanuts or the ready-made roasted peanuts. And yes, we need to accept that easy ready-made snacks are also coming up with the price of health.
Spicy boiled peanuts is an excellent snacking item which is healthy and nutritious.
Since everyone is dependent on the packaged roasted peanuts the whole peanuts with the shell are becoming more difficult to get nowadays. So I'm pleased when I saw a huge bag in my local grocery store. This bag of peanuts gave me a nostalgic feeling which I appreciate.
Can boiled peanuts be frozen?
Yes, they can be frozen in a sealed container and to use for up to six months. You may refrigerate in airtight
container to use for up to 4 or 5 days.
How to freeze?
You may add the spicy boiled peanuts along with the cooking water in freezer-safe Ziploc covers or the sealed containers. That's it, this way it is good to use for up to 6 months. Before freezing, bring them down to the room temperature for prolonged life.
How to make spicy boiled peanuts?
So, If you want to make real food effortlessly. Then you should start exploring the methods of making authentic and traditional recipes with modern equipment.
Using modern equipment like instant pot is the smarter move cook with the lesser time then you can imagine. The only concern you need to bother is to understand the process method of cooking. If Instant Pot is the latest addition in your kitchen? This post of spicy boiled peanuts could help you understand, manipulate the cooking time and method.
Here we are going to discuss making boil peanuts with a contemporary twist. This recipe is for the normal variety available in the stores.
Wash and clean
Peanuts are grown under the ground. There are more possibilities of having impurity. So, Wash and wash and rinse them thoroughly until you see clear water.
The spicy boiled peanuts are tasty when salted. For 2 pounds of peanuts, we need 4 tablespoons of salt. This may sounds more. But it would be good as we are adding lots of water to get it diluted. Add Spice if needed, a tablespoon of preferred seasoning, like Cajun, old bay seasoning, red chili powder.
Add about 12 cups of water or until the peanuts are submerged fully and also ensure that the level should not exceed ⅔ of the pot for this hot and spicy boiled peanuts.
Close the lid and keep the vent in the sealing position.
Set the cooking time for 45 minutes manually. Once the cooking cycle completes, wait for 10 minutes to allow the steam to escape itself.
Then open scoop out peanuts and transfer to a serving bowl. Enjoy with your family.
Spicy boiled peanuts
- 2 lbs peanuts raw & with shell on
- 4 tbsp salt
- 12 cups water
- 2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
- Wash and rinse raw, shell on peanuts.
- Add to the instant pot’s steel container.
- Add salt and water.
- Make sure that the level of the water and peanut should not exceed ⅔ of the steel container.
- Close the lid keep the vent in the ceiling position.
- Set the timer manually for 45 minutes and cook.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally(it would normally take 10-12 minutes)
- Open the lid, stir in cajun seasoning and serve peanuts along with water.
- Add seasoning ingredients like red chili powder, cayenne pepper if preferred. This is optional.
- The cooking time varies depends on the shell's thickness and the size of the peanuts.
- So, after 10 minutes of the cooking cycle, open the lid and check the peanut’s doneness.
- If it is not done well, repeat cooking for 5 or 10 minutes depends on the texture of the nut.
- Minimize or increase the quantity of the cajun seasoning to suit your individual heat tolerance.
How to make boiled peanuts using the pressure cooker?
Use the same procedure for spicy boiled peanuts in the Instant pot. Add the peanuts, the water, salt, and the spices to the pressure cooker. Close the lid. Keep the weight on in medium flame. After the first whistle simmers the flame cook it for 45 minutes. The time varies according to the thickness of the shell and also the size of the peanuts.