Deep Fried Peanuts-A Southern Treat

Almost any food item can be deep-fried.  The possibilities are endless.  One treat that my family loves is deep-fried peanuts.  They are great piping hot or room temperature.  They are also rich, and somewhat fattening, so eat them in moderation. 

Here is a quick recipe for making deep-fried peanuts.

  • Buy a bag of raw peanuts in the shell.
  • Shell the peanuts.
  • Pour some canola oil in a small metal pot; make sure to start out using cool oil.
  • Pour in your peanuts; make sure not to overcrowd the pot.
  • Heat the oil and let it come up to temperature.
  • When the oil is hot, begin stirring the peanuts to ensure the ones at the bottom don’t cook faster than the ones at the top.
  • When the peanuts are almost done (they will have a deep beige color), scoop the peanuts out (draining off the oil) and place in a metal pie pan.
  • Place the metal pie pan in the freezer for several minutes to stop the cooking–the heat from the peanuts will continue to cook them, and I don’t like burnt peanuts.  Some people do, however.
  • When the peanuts have cooled down enough to eat without burning your tongue, place them in a sealed container and eat at your leisure.

I hope you enjoy this quick recipe for deep-fried peanuts.  They make a wonderful snack.

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About Katrina Parker Williams

Katrina Parker Williams teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She is also the author of a fictional novel titled Liquor House Music. Her works have appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, Usadeepsouth, and on the Wilson Community College website. Her writings have recently been published at The Saints’ Placenta and All Things Girl and is forthcoming in Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and Muscadine Lines.
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