Deep Fried Peanuts

25 Nov

Deep Fried Peanuts

M: Of course we love all things deep fried. And we love fresh peanuts.  So deep fried peanuts is a no brainer, right?  Well, right.  I liked it.  But the real appeal to me here is the novelty factor.  Not only do you deep fry ’em in the shell, you *eat* them that way.  Shell and all.  The author says he instructs bar customers to eat them that way, but I had to wonder if that wasn’t just something you’d suggest to someone on their third or fourth beer.  I read twice to make sure I had it right, then read around a little more to find that has this been going on for quite a while.  Deep fried peanuts.  Have more Southern words ever been spoken?

These were fun.  I would put then in the neighborhood of the roasted pumpkin seeds  we happily dig into around Halloween.  I won’t dispute they may be a bit more fibrous than might suit you and, while I enjoyed them, I did hit my shell limit pretty quickly and started cracking them open.  But served fresh and warm, this salty, crunchy snack went very well with a cold beer.  When is the last time your bartender steered you wrong?                                   

Recipe: Deep Fried Peanuts

Summary: Deep fried, seasoned and eaten in the shell.  No, really. From The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook



  • 2 c Lard
  • 2 c Peanut Oil
  • 1 Lb Green Peanuts in shell
  • 2 T Spice Blend (see below)


Spice Blend

  • 1/4 c Chili Powder
  • 2 T Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Dry Mustard


  1. In a heavy pot, heat lard and peanut oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Submerge peanuts in oil until crispy (about 5 minutes).
  3. Drain well and toss with 2 tablespoons of spice blend.
  4. Serve warm.

Deep Frying Peanuts


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  1. kevin lawrence

    July 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    where in Michigan can i buy bulk raw peanuts

  2. judy murdock

    January 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Green peanuts? I use Valencia peanuts