Many of us are familiar with peanuts. Boiled peanuts are a common Southern means of enjoying peanuts. They are very popular and with good reason. Boiled peanuts are not made with just any peanut.
These are nothing new. They have been around and popular dating back to even the colonial times. There are many ways to enjoy peanuts and boiled is just one of the great options.
You can eat them hot or cold but it is the way they are prepared in the beginning that really sets them apart. What’s interesting is these peanuts can be spiced or seasoned as well during the boiling process to change up the flavors.
How do you reheat boiled peanuts? The most common way to reheat boiled peanuts is using the microwave but you can also reheat them on the stovetop as well. When you purchase boiled peanuts or even peanuts to boil, there are often instructions for these processes included with the packaging.
In this guide, we will walk you through how to reheat boiled peanuts, sharing with you all of the best ways to reheat them. We have every tip and trick that you need to know to enjoy your boiled peanuts reheated just right for you.
Keep reading to learn how to reheat boiled peanuts and more.
What are Boiled Peanuts?
If you’re familiar with peanuts but not sure of the differences between something like roasted peanuts and boiled peanuts, or another peanut variety, we’ve got you covered.
Boiled is simply another tasty way to prepare peanuts that makes them a salty snack that people can’t get enough of.
Boiled peanuts are not made from fully matured peanuts like the peanuts you might purchase normally. While they still very well may be in the shells, there is a difference.
Where roasted peanuts and peanut butter use fully dried and fully matured peanuts, boiled peanuts are made with semi-mature peanuts. Peanuts that are used for boiled peanuts are typically raw or green as these work best.
A boiled peanut is salty. They have a slight bean flavor to them that sets them apart and they remind some people of chickpeas with flavor and texture. They are salty and briny and flavorful and they aren’t too bad for you either.
How to Reheat Boiled Peanuts
As we mentioned earlier, you can reheat boiled peanuts best using the microwave or the stovetop. Either of these methods will work pretty well and you will get flavorful boiled peanuts that are warm and savory all over again.
Just so you are aware, you can eat boiled peanuts cold. They do not have to be reheated to be enjoyable.
Of course, this is a matter of preference so if you want them warm and reheated, we’ve got you covered!
When peanuts are boiled, they are typically stored in the fridge or the freezer, so reheating them just warms and freshens them back up to their original style for you.
Reheating Boiled Peanuts in the Microwave
One of the most common ways to reheat boiled peanuts is in the microwave.
In fact, if you look up your favorite boiled peanut brand, you will likely see they have already provided instructions for reheating. The first set of instructions is the microwave for almost all of the tasty boiled peanut brands out there.
The microwave is popular because it’s simple and easy. It’s not necessarily better than the stovetop, however.
There are some brands out there that would recommend the stovetop as the first option so just keep in mind that both of these can be great and reliable options for you.
We’re going to talk about reheating boiled peanuts in the microwave first. This is a simple procedure that doesn’t take a lot of time so it’s quick and easy. You can reheat even frozen boiled peanuts using this method.
Here are the steps for reheating boiled peanuts in the microwave:
- Place the boiled peanuts that you wish to reheat in a microwave-safe container. We recommend just reheating what you think you will need at the time. The microwave is best for smaller batches.
- Cover the container using a lid or a paper towel, or something similar.
- Microwave covered peanuts on high for 30-45 seconds.
- Carefully touch the peanuts to check the temperature.
- If they are not quite hot enough, you can microwave in additional 15-second increments until they reach the temperature you prefer. You may want to stir them around if you are warming them up in a bowl.
- You can serve and enjoy your peanuts right away.
Some people like to also reinvent the boiling process in the microwave.
If you want to do so, you can cover your peanuts with water and microwave them for about 5 minutes like this. They will be very hot and the water will also be very hot when you remove them.
We prefer the methods shared in the steps above as the best method for reheating boiled peanuts in the microwave. This method is simple and convenient and basically allows you to reheat your boiled peanuts anywhere you might be when you are ready to enjoy them.
You can take them on the go and reheat them at your convenience and it will only take about a minute to have them hot and ready for you!
Reheating Boiled Peanuts on the Stovetop
Another very popular way to reheat boiled peanuts is on the stovetop. Why not use the very method by which your peanuts were prepared to begin with, right?
Reheating boiled peanuts on the stovetop is another simple process but it does take slightly longer since you will have to prep water on the stovetop and follow a process.
If you have the time, this is a common and highly recommended solution that works really well also.
If you use this method, we recommend that you thaw them out for just a little bit before trying to reheat them. (This is only applicable if they are frozen.)
Here are the steps for reheating boiled peanuts on the stovetop:
- Thaw out boiled peanuts if necessary.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stovetop. Make sure you have a large enough pot and enough water that they will cover the peanuts you place into the water after it’s boiling.
- Once the water begins to boil, turn it down to a low simmer.
- Add your peanuts and let them soak for several minutes in the water. You want them to soak until they are warmed through. The longer they soak, the softer they will become.
- Your peanuts will also lose some of their saltiness during this process so be mindful of that. If they were too salty, this is a great way to reduce the saltiness.
- Once they are warmed through from the boiling water, you can drain and serve your peanuts.
This process is simple as well. The nice thing here is you can use this process to improve your peanuts or flavor them differently.
If they are too salty, let them soak longer. If you don’t want to lose the saltiness, then turn the heat off and just soak the peanuts in the hot water.
You can also add various seasonings and flavors of your choice to the water as a brine if you want to flavor your boiled peanuts differently. Some people add salt to their water to refresh the salty flavor while others experiment with a variety of spices.
How To Store Boiled Peanuts
Boiled peanuts should be stored in the refrigerator or the freezer. They will typically last for quite some time either way.
If you leave your boiled peanuts at room temperature, they can quickly go bad. They are heavy in moisture and therefore can spoil much easier than traditional peanuts. They shouldn’t be at room temperature for more than 24 hours.
You can store boiled peanuts in the fridge to male them last longer. They can typically be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Be sure to have them in an airtight container to preserve them.
Finally, you can also store them in the freezer. Seal them up in a heavy-duty freezer bag and you can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
We hope that you find this guide to reheating boiled peanuts to be an intuitive guide with all of the relevant information you might need to enjoy your boiled peanuts warm and tasty yet again. The processes are simple and easy to follow.
We invite you to check out the common questions below to see if there is any additional information that might be helpful to you as well.
Can Boiled Peanuts Help You Lose Weight?
Boiled peanuts are high in both fat and calories but they are also rich in both protein and fiber.
As with many foods, they can be beneficial to weight loss when consumed in reasonable portions and as part of a well-balanced diet. Keep in mind, however, that they have a lot of salt in them, as well, so eat them mindfully.
Are Boiled Peanuts Soft?
Once peanuts have been through the boiling process, they are very soft in the shell. The boiling process softens them up while also making them quite salty. This softness makes them easy to open and enjoy!