Roasted Peanuts

Roasted Peanuts

If you plan to eat the peanuts roasted right out of the shell, use Virginia or Valencia peanuts. If you’re going to use the roasted peanuts to make peanut butter, use Spanish peanuts, as they have a higher oil content.


  • 2 pounds peanuts (raw in shell)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  1. Crank the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash the peanuts under cool water. Drain, pat dry and put them in a large bowl. Toss with the peanut oil and salt to coat.
  3. Divide the peanuts between 2 half sheet pans, making sure to spread them out in a single layer. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through cooking. Remove and cool slightly prior to devourment, as they will continue to “cook,” becoming crunchy as they cool.


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  1. 1

    I want DARK ROASTED peanuts … is simply leaving them in LONGER a way to do this?

    When eating a bag of roasted peanuts, i get the occasional “good one” that seems to have been roasted a bit darker. That is what i want.

  2. 2

    How would you smoke peanuts that are still in the shell? Conversely how would you smoke shelled peanuts? I have had trouble finding reliable recipes and am wanting to try making smoked peanut butter.

  3. 3

    My mother used to love to spread roasted peanuts in the shell on a baking tray and bake until dark brown. She called them “parched peanuts”. They weren’t burnt, but close to it. It was an acquired taste for a kid like me back then. An analogy that comes to mind is the degree to which people like their coffee beans roasted.

  4. 4

    I followed the recipe but…I did not shell the peanuts…was I supposed to that first because all the salt is on the outer shell and the nuts themselves are dark brown and taste like I burned them. I used a bag of peanuts, found at my local grocer’s. The label did say ‘unsalted and roasted’.

  5. 8

    Is there a good way to make roasted peanuts using out of the shell ones? we’ve moved to South America and they sell “Mani” which are peanuts…look similar to a spanish peanut but bigger…they use them to make peanut butter, but often the nuts used aren’t toasted/roasted, and then it upsets my stomach. I’d love to be able to roast my own ‘mani’ and make my own peanut butter somehow?

  6. 9

    A friend sent us boiled peanuts, and being a Northerner, thought they were very strange! Looked up what they were made of, and generally they use green peanuts to make them. My husband’s theory is that they were “peasant food”, someone figured out a way to make something inedible at least passable. I did see canned boiled peanuts at our local WalMart. Had a LOT of dust on the lid.

  7. 10

    I am from the south but have moved up north. I miss my boiled peanuts. What is the best nut for boiled peanuts if I want to make my own?

  8. 11

    I am really looking forward to trying the roasted peanut recipe, but I was wondering what I would need to do to make the spicy “Cajun” style roasted peanuts?

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