Hawaiian Style Boiled Peanuts


I grew up eating boiled peanuts...not in the South, but in Hawaii and I remember them as being a little crunchy and just enough salt. I had a craving for boiled peanuts but everywhere I went they were too soft or too salty for my preference...so I found a recipe and tailored it a bit. Important! Please see note at the bottom regarding young children and peanuts.

Hawaiian Style Boiled Peanuts


  • 1 pound raw peanuts, in shells
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup salt


  • Large Pot
  • Wooden Spoon


  • Place 8 cups of water in pot.
  • Add all ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low simmer for 2 1/2 hours, covered.
  • Check every 30 minutes to ensure there is enough water. Add a cup more if water gets too low.
  • Sample after 2 hours to test how soft it is. Check every half hour until it is at the desired softness. I cook for total of 2 1/2 hours.
  • Drain most of fluid from pot. I usually keep a little when I store the peanuts in a container.
  • If it's too salty for your liking, simply rinse the peanuts under water. If you like it saltier, you can leave it sitting in the water it was boiled in until it cools.

Other Versions

Cajun Style

Warning! It is spicy but delicious! Whenever I made these for football get-togethers, it goes quick! In addition to the other ingredients, add these ingredients before cooking to the pot. You can choose all or just a few of them but the original recipe had all the ingredients listed. Please note that this can create a spicy mist in the air as it cooks.
  • 1 small bottle of Zatarins Crab and Shrimp Boil
  • 1 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  • Add 1/8 cup chopped jalapeno peppers
  • TBS red pepper flakes
Recipe Yields approximately 8 Servings Calories 360


Consult with your pediatrician first before giving your child peanuts or any recipe containing peanuts. This has become such a common allergy that was not present when I was growing up and it can be very severe. For young children, whenever trying new foods, especially ones that typically cause allergic reactions such as peanuts, try it during the day or during a time you will be able to observe your child. There may be a greater likelihood of allergies if family members also have them although this is not always the case, so always be watchful when your child tries something new.