How It’s Done: South Carolina Boiled Peanuts

By:Staff Writer


Boiled peanuts are a beloved snack in the Palmetto State, so much so that they were named the Official Snack of South Carolina. You don’t have to look far to get your hands on a bag of this salty treat, as they can be found at roadside stands, grocery stores and festivals throughout the Palmetto State.

In fact, they’re so popular that they have their very own festival, the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, which takes place every September while peanuts are in season and at their freshest. Here you’ll find boiled peanut cook-offs, eating contests, the world’s largest boiled peanut and so much more while enjoying your fair share of this tasty snack!

As you can see, South Carolinians take their boiled peanuts pretty seriously, many of who make their own. Taking part in this longtime South Carolina tradition is easy, as the recipe itself might be the easiest you’ll ever read.


2-3 pounds of raw peanuts

About ¾ cup of salt


Wash the peanuts and place them in a large pot. Cover with enough water to allow the peanuts to float. Add the salt.

Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer for 1-2 hours.

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