Boiled peanuts without shell – learn how to cook raw peanuts ( without shell) in the instant pot.
This buttery, soft peanuts can be enjoyed as is or add them to your chaats, salad, Buddha bowl or rice dishes.
While the shelled Boiled peanuts is a favorite snack among many, they are not easily available.
Raw peanuts is something most of us have in our pantry. While we are used to eating roasted peanuts, boiled peanuts are equally delicious.
In India boiled peanuts are commonly used in many recipes. At home, I always like to make a big batch and use them for the whole week.
I love cooking the peanuts in the instant pot, as it has zero monitoring time. If you don’t have instant pot, you can cook them directly in the stove top or traditional pressure cooker.
raw peanuts – we will be using raw peanuts without shell. Just make sure they are raw not the roasted kind). These are easily available in most grocery stores. I get mine in the Indian store.
Step by Step Photo Instructions:
1 – Wash and soak the peanuts in plenty of water for 4 hours.
2 – After four hours of soaking, drain all the water from the peanuts and rinse them.
3 – Add the soaked peanuts in to the steel container of the instant pot, add water and salt.
4 – Close the Instant pot lid and adjust the vent to the sealing position. Select pressure cooker/manual mode and adjust the time to 30 minutes.
5 – Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally. Drain the water and use them as needed.
6 – Peanuts should be soft and buttery ( but not mushy). If the peanuts are little hard, cook them for few more minutes.
Please note : The time it takes to cook the peanuts may vary depending on the age/quality of the peanuts. Mine cooked perfectly in 30 minutes. You may need little less or more time. If the peanuts are not cooked even after 30 minutes, cook them for another 10 minutes and do natural pressure release.
- Boiled Peanuts can be enjoyed as it is with a cup of coffee or tea.
- Add them to chaats (Indian savory snacks) or salads
- Add them to the curries or rice dishes for extra protein
- At home we also enjoy them as a side with dal and sambar.
Recipes which use boiled peanuts-
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- 6 qt Instant Pot
- 1 cup raw peanuts (without shell)
- 2.5 cups water
- 1.5 tsp salt or to taste
- Wash and soak the peanuts in plenty of water for 4 hours.
- After four hours of soaking, drain all the water from the peanuts and rinse them.
Instant pot method-
- Add the soaked peanuts in to the steel container of the instant pot, add water and salt.
- Close the Instant pot lid and adjust the vent to the sealing position. Select pressure cooker/manual mode and adjust the time to 30 minutes.
- Once the time is up, let the pressure release naturally. Check to see if the peanuts are cooked to your liking.
- Peanuts should be soft and buttery ( but not mushy). If the peanuts are little hard, cook them for few more minutes.
- Drain the water and use them as needed.
Stove top method-
- Add plenty of water to a pot and add the peanuts and little salt. Bring the water to a rolling boil, them simmer the peanuts for 20 to 30 minute or till done.
Pressure Cooker –
- Cook the peanuts for 3 to 5 whistles in medium flame and release the pressure naturally.
I am confused. Pressure cook in an Instant Pot for 30′ and simmer on stove top for 30′ as well? I remember steaming in the Instant Pot for less than 15′.
No… I shared two different methods, one in instant pot and the other on stove top. Whether you cook in instant pot or stove top it should take about 30 minutes of cooking time. Hope this clarifies your doubt.
I meant pressurized cook should take much less time than stove top simmering. I forgot how long I did (should take note next time) but I steamed rather than boiled in the instant pot and it was very good.
That’s great…. how long did you steam it?
20′ steam. Peanuts, unlike many other foods are very forgiving in cooking. That is, you can double the time and it does not turn mushy. So precise timing is not necessary.
thanks a lot for this recipe, for me new experience cooked peanuts…
Thank you. Hope you get to try and enjoy the boiled peanuts.