Southern Boiled Peanuts in the Crock-Pot

Since moving to northern Virginia in 2013 , I have yet to find boiled peanuts anywhere aside from a can in random country grocery stores. I recall growing up in Georgia that every weekend we would pass someone at a roadside stand selling hot boiled peanuts, especially in southern Georgia. I decided to make my own peanuts one-day years ago and thought, this can't be too hard right?

My first time making them was on the stove, and while they turned out delicious my entire house was humid and hot. The next time, I decided to try them in the slow cooker and what a difference it made! I'm sharing my recipe with you but note that this is just the basics. You can easily add any spice you prefer to this recipe is as little or as much as you choose.

Southern Boiled Peanuts

This recipe is sure to appease your tastes of the south or give you your first tastes of how we cook peanuts in the South!

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 hours Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 lbs raw peanuts (dry or green)

  • 1/2 cup table salt more or less to taste

  • water

  • spices optional


  1. Rinse peanuts with water to remove any dirt, etc.

  2. Place peanuts into slow cooker.

  3. Pour salt onto peanuts.

  4. Fill with water and mix.

  5. Cook on low for 18+ hours or on high for 6+ hours. 

Recipe Notes This time will vary based on your tastes. I prefer boiled peanuts that are soft but my husband prefers a bit harder. Taste test after you are halfway through the above times and add more salt, spices, time according to your tastes. 

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