Warm, nutty, with intense peanut flavor, Roasted Peanuts in the shell are the perfect nostalgic snack for ballgames, movie nights, bonfires and parties!
In the south, we love our peanuts! And a good batch of roasted (or parched, as my Pawpaw used to say) peanuts is hard to beat. Dry-roasting peanuts in the oven brings out deep, rich flavors and creates an amazing peanutty aroma. There’s nothing like cracking open that shell and popping a few hot peanuts in your mouth (or your coke).
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As delicious as they are, for a lot of us, hot roasted peanuts are all about the memories. The Engineer remembers many a cold football game as a kid, huddled under a stadium blanket, clutching a bag of toasty roasted peanuts just to stay warm.
I remember their warm, nutty aroma filling up my Mamaw’s house as my Pawpaw took them from the oven to the hearth for some movie night snacking!
I’m sure you have your memories too. And there couldn’t be an easier or more simple snack to make and enjoy no matter the occasion!
Ingredients for Roasted Peanuts
- raw, shell-on, dried peanuts (not fresh, or green, peanuts)
- rimmed baking sheet, or cookie sheet
What is the Difference between Raw Peanuts & Green Peanuts
Knowing this difference in “peanut lingo” is important if you want to have roasty, toasty peanuts with a nice crunch. Simply put, raw peanuts are peanuts that have been air dried after harvesting and have a moisture content of only about 10%. Their low moisture content makes them a perfect candidate for roasting in the oven.
On the other hand, Green peanuts aren’t called green because of their color. They are freshly harvested peanuts from which no moisture has been removed. Their moisture content can be anywhere around 35-50%!
Because of their high moisture content, green peanuts are NOT good candidates for roasting and will not deliver that deep flavor and crunch you’re looking for in a good dry-roasted peanut. Green peanuts are best for boiling instead.
How to Make Oven Roasted Peanuts
Roast. Arrange in-shell peanuts in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 min. Around the 10 minute mark, shake the pan back and forth to rotate the peanuts for an even roast.
Cool. Remove the peanuts from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Peanuts will continue to cook a little while cooling.
Peanuts can be roasted without the shell too! If you want to enjoy the yumminess of toasty peanuts without worrying about the shells, purchase raw shelled peanuts and roast for about 15 minutes. Shelled peanuts can also be tossed in 1-2 tablespoons of canola oil and sprinkled with salt or a combo of salt, cinnamon and sugar or other spices before cooking.
Why Roast Peanuts?
Roasting peanuts in the oven develops a more intense flavor. After roasting, peanuts have a deep, rich taste similar to what all peanut butter lovers love about peanut butter! Roasting also creates a nice crunchy nut and will fill your house with amazing, warm peanutty aromas!
Snacking from toasty bags of roasted peanuts is also a perfect way to create memories with your family or enjoy a special touch of nostalgia at your tailgate, movie night, bonfire or party.
How to Serve Roasted Peanuts
Any leftover roasted peanuts can be stored in their shells in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
A Fun Gift
Oven roasted peanuts in the shell make great teacher and neighbor gifts! Fill up a jar, a cellophane treat bag or small paper bag, add a little twine or ribbon and a card and you have delicious, thoughtful treat anyone would be happy to receive!
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- Southern Cheese Straws
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- Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix
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Easy Roasted Peanuts in the Shell
- rimmed baking sheet
- 1 pound raw, shell on, dried peanuts
- salt, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Sort through peanuts and remove any shells that are broken or badly blemished. Arrange the rest of the peanuts in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet.
- Roast in preheated oven for 20-25 min. Around the 10 minute mark, shake the pan back and forth to rotate the peanuts for an even roast.
- Check the peanuts at 20 minutes to see if they are at your desired doneness. Shells should be a light golden brown, and the nuts should have a rich, nutty aroma. Do not overcook. Peanuts easily scorch and will continue to cook while cooling. Remove the peanuts from the oven when done and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.