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Nashville Hot Boiled Peanuts in your Instant Pot! Oh baby!

Nashville Hot Boiled Peanuts

Southern style boiled peanuts in your Instant Pot!

Course Snack
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 pounds green peanuts
  • cup sea or kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons Nashville Hot seasoning
  • water


  1. First, and this is very important: Rinse your green peanuts very well. Rinse, rinse and rinse some more. When you think you're done, rinse again. Peanuts are dirty and you don't to be eating grit.

  2. Place the green peanuts in your Instant Pot. Add the salt and Nashville Hot seasoning. Add water to the 3quart line or 1/2 full line on your Instant Pot. If you don't have an Instant Pot and don't have those lines, add about 10 cups of water to your pot.

    Swish your seasonings about a little. Place a trivet or two on top, just to keep as many submerged as you can. It won't be perfect and that's okay.

  3. Add the lid and pressure on high for 65 minutes. Let the pressure completely come down naturally. That means just leave it be. You can unplug the machine if you want to.

  4. When the pressure is completely released, go ahead and give it a taste. Now, they are done right here, right now. If you like the feel and juiciness of the peanuts, dig in.

    You'll notice that at this point, when they're first done, they are floating still. If you like your peanut shells filled with juicy goodness, let them hang out in the pot for a while. You'll notice after a couple of hours they'll start sinking to the bottom - the shells are filled with juice now.

    I personally like to let my peanuts hang around over night in the fridge. They become juicier and softer as they sit and that's just the way I like it, but you do you.


Recipe Notes

You can find Nashville Hot seasoning any and everywhere.  Tone's makes one and I see that at Wal-Mart.  I use Nashville Hot Dill and that has a dill pickle flavor to it, which is really tasty, but use what you can find as long as it says Nashville Hot.

As I mentioned up at the top of this recipe, it can possibly take a long time.  24 hours if you're like me and prefer a juicier peanut.  

If you find they are too soft for your liking the first time around, reduce the time a little bit until you find your sweet spot.  65 minutes is my sweet spot.  I have a friend who likes it cooked even longer because he likes to just eat the whole thing, so he likes softer fibers in the shell.  It's all about you and how you like it.  You cannot mess this up.