WhaddyaNUTS? It’s a term of endearment around here, used to show how impressed we are with someone’s crazy cool idea, Herculean effort, or seriously terrible pun crafting. It is sometimes preceded by an admiring stare, groan, or “whoaaaaaaa” and is often accompanied by an affectionate noogie or smack on the back.
We are a family who loves nuts, both proverbially and literally.
Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, peanuts and any other nuts we can lay our hands on make it to our snack table. Of all of these, my kids seem to go the nuttiest (sorry) for anything that is still in the shell. Interactive snack food always takes the win, but nuts in shells? Shoot. That’s everything wonderful for a boy. Their eyes light up when they get to pick up something, use brute force to crush it, then deliver the vanquished snack to their mouths. The fact that it’s a sanctioned mess making operation doesn’t hurt the fun factor either.
I ordered a three pack of Raw In-Shell Peanuts to play around with a boiled peanut recipe* and found I had far more peanuts than I intended to use for the experiment so I decided to roast up a few of them and see what we thought. I washed the shells, dried them, tossed them with some peanut oil, salt, garlic, and whatnot and roasted them. They were… okay. The issue was that the flavour hadn’t penetrated into them at all. I knew I didn’t have the gear to pull a vacuum to suck salt into the shells like they do industrially, but I wanted to get SOMETHING in there shy of shelling all those darned peanuts myself. (Fun with peanuts in shells = removing shells AS you eat them, not removing shells en masse in order to roast them.)
*I still haven’t made the boiled peanuts because we got a little obsessed with the roasted ones in-shell. Some day. Some day I WILL try those things.
I settled on brining the peanuts in a sriracha laced salt and soy water solution for twelve hours, draining but not rinsing, drying the nuts out, then roasting them. It took a bit of time, but it wasn’t hands-on time, and the result was so worth it. The nuts were a mildly spicy, gently salted, crunchy snack that everyone enjoyed.
- The brine you use for for the peanuts is pretty aromatic, so be sure to soak them in a vessel that a.) doesn’t absorb odors or b.) you don’t mind having smell like garlic and chiles for ever and ever amen.
- Drying the peanuts after brining them was no biggie since I spread them out in my Dehydrator and let them go overnight at a low temperature. You can still do this without a dehydrator, but you’ll have to factor in more time to let them air dry completely. Your best bet is to lay them out on cooling racks on the counter. You can boost the speed a bit by laying those cooling trays on a sheet pan and putting them in a super low electric oven with the door propped open a smidge, but you need to watch that constantly and it’s really only an option if your oven can maintain a temperature below 200°F.
- Depending on how effectively you dry your peanuts out after brining, they may roast a little more rapidly in the oven, so watch the roasting process well. Use your sniffer to tell you when they’re tasty and roasted. If it smells like tasty, warm, roasted peanuts, they’re probably done!
- These are not burn-your-face-off hot. They have a nice sriracha aroma and are just tingly warm on the inside. If you want fire-bomb hot roasted sriracha peanuts, you’ll need to shell them before soaking and roasting.
Roasted Sriracha In-Shell PeanutsRate Recipe
- 2 1/2 pounds raw in-shell peanuts
- 1 3/4 cups sriracha sauce not a typo
- 14 cups boiling water
- 1 cup salt
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- Optional: 2 teaspoons popcorn salt
To Brine the Peanuts:
- In a large, heat-proof bowl or pot, stir together the sriracha, boiling water, 1 cup of salt, and soy sauce until the salt is dissolved. Stir in the peanuts, place a heavy plate on the nuts to weigh them down and keep them submerged. Let them soak for 10 hours. If you can, stir them from time to time. This helps any debris fall to the bottom of the pot.
- Use a slotted spoon or sieve to scoop the peanuts from the pot into a colander. This leaves any dirt or debris that was on the shells in the pot of brine. Spread the peanuts out in a single layer on dehydrator trays and dry them at 105°F for 12 hours. Alternatively, you can spread the peanuts out in a single layer on cooling racks and let them dry at room temperature, moving them every 12 hours for about 72 hours or until the shells are completely all the way through.
To Roast the Peanuts:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide the peanuts between rimmed baking sheets, spreading them out into a single layer. Roast for 20-35 minutes, depending on how dry your shells got, until fragrant and slightly darkened. The nuts will crisp up as they cool to room temperature. Let cool completely before putting in an airtight container.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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David Featherstone says
I don’t see where the peanut oil is used. Typo?
David Featherstone says
Excuse my earlier message, I saw your answer to an earlier post. Sorry!
Linda Behrend says
I can’t wait to make them! Can you eat them in the shell?
Hi Linda- Thanks so much! I had a friend while growing up who ate peanuts shells and all, but it isn’t my favourite way to eat it!
Oh my what a chore… but from where I stand and have sampled here at the not so distant drying phase… YUMMY! Cannot wait to roast these nuts and grub!.
I am finally getting around to making these. Got the brine together, then added the peanuts. Question: When / where do I use the peanut oil??? I don’t see it mentioned in the directions or in the body of the post. (Of course, sometimes I don’t see the hand attached to the end of my arm either) I am guessing the you toss the popcorn salt on after roasting. Is that where you would add the oil? Before you toss them with the salt???
Thanks for the heads up, Rie! I toss them with the oil and salt before roasting!
Thanks Rebecca. Will do. I got the lil’ suckers drying on sheet pans as “we speak”. May try the de-shelled version after this batch. Would you recommend the same amount of brine??? There wouldn’t be the same volume without the shells. I just hate to waste all the ingredients if I don’t have too. Thanks again for your prompt response.
A Man says
wouldn’t it be an idea to poke a tiny hole in the shell before soaking and therefore use less soy and sriracha sauce?
By the way, aren’t you getting “chili fingers” from the shell when eating these?
This amount of brine is actually perfect to keep them all submerged, and I wouldn’t diminish the amount of Sriracha and soy in regards to the water because it is a ratio thing. 😀 And yes… if you wanted it to get ‘in there’ better, poking a hole in each peanut shell would probably work!
Negatory on the chili fingers! It doesn’t seem to be a problem for me, but then again, I have asbestos fingers at this point.
Elizabeth goeckel says
I scrubbed and washed each peanut Ted death three or four times over and when I was done I found them to soak it in a sriracha in water and a couple of the things and put a plate over it for a couple of days which I did took it all off follow the directions let it dry put it in the oven and I lost the flavor I live in Texas when they say hot they mean hot and I can’t get it hot enough I’m not going to put a pinhole in each darn piece of peanut so that it can get the sriracha sauce along with the dirt because it’s just too much effort after scrubbing all those peanuts so what I’m looking for is some other way to get this stuff through that shell and into the peanuts where they can love the hot that they’re used to got any suggestions and keep your feet and keep your needles to yourself I’m not sticking any peanuts with needles
I love roasted peanuts but be sure to try boiled someday. I grew up with them and they are addictive, although people love or hate them. Make sure your boiling water is very flavorful because the seasoning does premiate the shell and you put the whole peanut in your mouth to shell it Try and enjoy’
Missouri Mama says
I would love to know which dehydrator you use but don’t see the affliliate link – ???
Hmmm. I’m not sure why you’re not seeing the link. It’s there! I use the Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator (This should also be an affiliate link!)
Missouri Mama says
Thank You! 🙂
Happy Valley Chow says
Dang that is an awesome recipe! I absolutely love peanuts and sriracha…great job 🙂
So if I wanted REALLY hot ones for my fire-eating family members, I would just shell them first (God help me) and then proceed with the rest of the recipe??
I haven’t tried it that way, yet, Rie… if you experiment with it, would you let me know how it turns out? I assume it would be okay, but you’d DEFINITELY want to roast them for a far shorter period of time!
I’m all over these!
Lol!!! You kill me! Yes, my curiousity got the best of me and I skipped down to see how much sriracha would go into such a recipe… saw the measurement, started to think, “Really, that muuuhh…”, and then saw the note in parentheses! It reminds me of a time I asked my hubby to buy (goodness knows if I can remember what it was now) and added a little note next to it – “trust me”. He got a real kick out of that, and, yes, he was glad that he did 😉
I know I’d question it mentally if I saw that amount specified, so I figured I’d help y’all out 😀