Chinese Boiled Peanuts Recipe

Boiled peanuts are packed with flavor, and require almost no attention once they're set to simmer.


Boiled peanuts are one of the world's great snacks. In this recipe, a combination of soy sauce, sugar, and warm spices flavor the peanuts as they simmer. One pound of peanuts seems like a lot until you start shelling and popping them in your mouth. You'll be putting on another pot of seasoned water before you know it.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 6 servings

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  • 1 pound raw unshelled peanuts

  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 stick cinnamon, about 3 inches in length

  • 1 star anise

  • 2 cloves

  • 1 dried chile, optional


  1. Wash peanuts in several changes of water to get rid of residual dirt. Add peanuts to 3 quart saucepan with enough water to barely cover. Add soy sauce, sugar, salt, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and dried chili.

  2. Place pot over high heat and bring to boil. Lower heat to steady but not rolling boil and cook for 3 to 5 hours, depending on how tender you like your peanuts. Check on pot every hour to make sure liquid doesn't dry out. Refill with water, if needed, so that level of liquid just covers peanuts. Alternatively, place water, peanuts, and seasonings in a slow cooker and cook overnight.

  3. With slotted spoon, retrieve peanuts from braising liquid and serve warm or tepid. Store leftover peanuts in their stewing liquid in the refrigerator.

Special equipment

3-quart saucepan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
385 Calories
31g Fat
17g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1300mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 489mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)