Garlic and Onion Boiled Peanuts


Here's an original twist to a Southern favorite. The garlic flavor really comes out in this recipe whether the peanuts are served hot or cold. I love them served room temperature with a cold beer on a summer day! You can also begin cooking the peanuts, then let them soak overnight, and continue cooking the next day. Serve hot or cold, and make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand because these are messy.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges

  • 30 cloves garlic

  • 1 ½ pounds raw peanuts, in shells

  • ½ pound salt


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook until softened and transparent, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.

  2. Add the peanuts and salt to the onion mixture. Fill the pot with water until the peanuts are submerged, and use a large colander fitted into the pot to hold them under water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium, and simmer. Check the water level, and when it reaches the level of the peanuts, add more. Turn up the heat to medium-high and bring the peanuts to a boil; the lower heat to medium, and simmer. Repeat steps until peanuts are soft, 4 to 6 hours. Drain, and serve hot or cold.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the salted boiling liquid. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

520 Calories
43g Fat
19g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 520
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 56%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 11026mg 479%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 675mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.