Cajun Boiled Peanuts

Cajun boiled peanuts, also known as Goober Peas,  are a common treat most often dipped from slow cookers in gas stations along the highways and biways of the South.

Cajun boiled peanuts in the slow cooker

Often called “the caviar of the South” or “Goober Peas,” boiled peanuts are a special treat that is indigenous to Southern states (in fact, they are the official state snack of South Carolina). Packed with protein, they are a salty, tasty treat that is hard to compare to anything else.

Boiled peanuts are always made with raw or “green” peanuts that are basically straight off the vine~not roasted, cooked or tampered with in any way. Raw peanuts can be found in farmer’s markets and most grocery stores (located in or near the produce section).

If you’d rather buy these than make them, you’ll find boiled peanuts at gas stations, roadside stands, ball games, and at large outdoor events in the South. They’re most often dipped out of a slow cooker and served in styrofoam cups or plastic bags. Be sure to have napkins on hand, as the moist peanuts often drip spicy juice when shells are split open.cajun boiled peanuts in the slow cooker

For those who desire less spiciness, seasonings can be adjusted accordingly. These keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days and can be eaten hot or cold.

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Cajun Boiled Peanuts in the Slow Cooker
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  • 2 pounds raw/green peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pickled alapenos, (I use Merzetta deli sliced "tamed")
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 2-3 TB red pepper flakes
  • 2 TB Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 10 cups water


  • Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cook for 24 hour or until peanuts are to desired consistency (we prefer soft but firm).
  • Add more seasonings if desired.