Boiled Peanuts (Nilagang Mani)

February 7, 2022

Snacks

By: Jasmine Briones 

An easy-to-prepare snack to satisfy your salty cravings! These boiled peanuts can be prepared in one pot and require just 3 simple ingredients. 

horizontal photo boiled peanuts in a white bowl

There is something so special about digging into fresh boiled peanuts. When you crack them open, the water inside shoots out or drips down your fingers, and then biting into the soft, warm peanuts inside — it’s is so cozy and satisfying! 

Even though “nut” is in its name, did you know that a peanut is a legume? Unlike other legumes, which grow on vines or shrubs, and other nuts on trees, peanuts grow underground. Because they are a legume, their texture is more like edamame or chickpeas when you boil them.

ingredients to make boiled peanuts (nilagang mani)

Boiled peanuts (Nilagang Mani) are a popular street food in the Philippines, but they also exist in different forms worldwide. It’s a salty, hearty, and satisfying snack that everyone will love, and the good thing is that they are really easy to make.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Raw Peanuts: You may have better luck sourcing raw peanuts at an Asian supermarket. I use raw dried peanuts for this recipe, but raw green peanuts should also work based on my research. If you use green peanuts, the peanuts may cook faster. We have not tested this recipe with green peanuts, but we recommend only cooking for 3/4 of the time and then assessing whether or not you want to cook them longer. Check out this post here for more info. 
  • Water: Be careful not to exceed the recommended amount for your pressure cooker.
  • Salt: We keep the seasonings here simple and just use salt, but feel free to jazz it up and make it your own.

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or (or any electric Pressure Cooker) or Large Pot
  • Spatula, for mixing
  • Strainer
  • Heat-proof dish: If you’re using a pressure cooker, you’ll need this to weigh down the peanuts.
boiled peanuts in instant pot

A Few Notes Before Getting Started: 

  • We prefer the Instant Pot because it’s much faster than the stovetop or the slow cooker. Be careful not to exceed the recommended amount of water for your pressure cooker.
  • If you’re using a pressure cooker, you’ll need to weigh down the peanuts. I do this with a steamer basket and a ceramic dish, but any heat-proof dish should work. 
  • If you will not enjoy these peanuts that day they are made, you can store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow the peanuts to come to room temperature before storing them.
  • Some recommend soaking the raw peanuts before cooking, but we found this unnecessary.
  • These can be served cold, room temperature, or warm, but we prefer them warm. We like to warm the boiled peanuts up in a microwave for about 30 seconds to reheat.
  • Peel the peanut and discard the shell before consuming. 
  • Have napkins handy as there will be water stuck inside the peanuts, and sometimes it will squirt out or drip while you eat them. 

Spice Them Up

I like my peanuts simple and cook them in salted water, but feel free to change these up and add herbs and spices as desired. Ideas include garlic powder, cajun seasoning, old bay seasoning, or your favorite spice blend. You can even try out this version which includes spicy dried chilis and soy sauce! 

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horizontal photo boiled peanuts in a white bowl

Boiled Peanuts (Nilagang Mani)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

An easy-to-prepare snack to satisfy all of your salty cravings! This boiled peanuts recipe can be prepared in an instant pot or stovetop and requires just 3 simple ingredients.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. raw peanuts * (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 10 cups water

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or (or any electric Pressure Cooker) or Large Pot
  • Spatula, for mixing
  • Strainer
  • If you’re using a pressure cooker, you’ll need to weigh down the peanuts. I do this with a steamer basket and a ceramic dish, but any heat-proof dish should work. 

Instructions

  1. Pour the peanuts into a colander and discard any moldy peanuts. Give them a good rinse. 
  2. Instant Pot: Add everything to the Instant Pot and mix. If you’re using a pressure cooker, you’ll need to weigh down the peanuts. I do this with a steamer basket and a ceramic dish, but any heat-proof dish should work. Cook on high pressure for 60 to 80 minutes, depending on how soft you want them. I cook mine for 65 since I still like mine with a bit of bite to them. If you like them soft, you’ll need to cook them closer to 80 minutes. Once the peanuts are done, allow the pressure cooker to slow-release for 30 minutes. Pour them through a strainer, drain the cooking liquid, then cool until easy to handle. These are best if served warm.
  3. Stove-Top: Add everything to a large pot, mix and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower it to a simmer and allow the mixture to cook for 3-4 hours, depending on how soft you like your peanuts. After 3 hours, test the peanuts to see if you need additional cooking time. Once the peanuts are done, pour them through a strainer, drain the cooking liquid, then cool until easy to handle. These are best if served warm.
  4. Slow Cooker: Add everything to a slow cooker, mix, and cook on high for 12 hours. Once the peanuts are done, pour them through a strainer, drain the cooking liquid, then cool until easy to handle. These are best if served warm.

Notes

  • If you use green peanuts (fresh) instead of dried, the peanuts may cook faster. We have not tested this recipe with green peanuts, but we recommend only cooking for 3/4 of the time and then assessing whether or not you want to cook them longer. 
  • We prefer the Instant Pot because it’s much faster than the stovetop or the slow cooker. 
  • If you’re using a pressure cooker, you’ll need to weigh down the peanuts. I do this with a steamer basket and a ceramic dish, but any heat-proof dish should work. 
  • If you will not enjoy these peanuts that day they are made, you can store them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow the peanuts to come to room temperature before storing them.
  • Some recommend soaking the raw peanuts before cooking, but we found this unnecessary.
  • These can be served cold, room temperature, or warm, but we prefer them warm.
  • Peel the peanut and discard the shell before consuming.
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Instant Pot or Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: appetizer, snack, peanuts, boiled, super bowl, salty, filipino

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