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Dry Roasted Peanuts

These dry roasted peanuts are an addicting snack. They don’t require oil or frying, which makes them an easy and healthy snack. Plus, there are many different flavors to experiment with!

Greaseless Dry Roasted Peanuts

Peanuts are both a healthy and quick snack! There are many different methods of preparation. Some of the most common ways to cook peanuts are frying or roasting, both of which require oil. Dry roasted peanuts are similar to roasted peanuts, but no oil is used. So, this makes the peanuts even healthier. Oil is typically used to help the seasonings stick to the peanuts. Since this recipe does not use oil, the peanuts are instead blanched in hot water for a few minutes to help the spices to stick.

In addition to different cooking methods, there are many different flavor combinations. For example, I’ve included the following:

  • Curried peanuts
  • Five-spice peanuts
  • Garlic peanuts
  • Sour plum (suan mei) peanuts

My family’s favorite is the sour plum powder peanuts because it is a great combination of sweet and savory. Feel free to experiment with all different flavors for an endless variety of spiced peanuts/flavored peanuts! You can try making Asian peanuts or western peanuts.

Have unshelled peanuts? Here is a way to make those!

Dry Roasted Peanuts (Microwave and Oven)

These greaseless, dry roasted peanuts are an addictingly easy and healthy snack that doesn't require oil or frying. Plus, there are many different flavors to experiment with!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword: asian peanuts, dry roasted peanuts, flavored peanuts, microwave peanuts, spiced peanuts
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 284kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw peanuts, shelled (~300 grams)

Savory Peanut Flavors

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp seasoning (e.g. garlic powder, curry powder, five spice, furikake) more or less to taste *Note 1

Sweet Peanut Flavors

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp seasoning (e.g. suan mei powder (Chinese sour plum powder), cinnamon sugar, honey/maple syrup, etc.) more or less to taste *Note 2

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Then, turn off the stove.
  • Add the peanuts into the pot, and let them soak in the hot water for 3-5 min. Drain the water.
  • Add the salt to the peanuts and mix.
  • Sprinkle on the desired flavoring (ex: garlic or five-spice). Mix well so that the seasoning is distributed evenly.
  • Roast the peanuts using one of the following methods. I recommend using the oven for better flavor.

Oven Roasted Peanuts

  • Bake at 325 F for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through to promote even browning. Keep an eye on the peanuts to make sure they are not browning too quickly. Once the peanuts are fragrant and nicely toasted, immediately remove them from the oven to prevent burning.

Microwave Peanuts

  • Note that the following microwave cooking times are flexible depending on how powerful your microwave is. The more powerful the microwave, the more you should shorten the cooking times to prevent charring/burning.
  • Microwave the peanuts for the following times, mixing after each time: 2:30 minutes, 2 minutes, 1:30 minutes, 30 seconds. At the end, the peanuts should be toasted and fragrant.

Notes

  1. For seasonings such as garlic powder that have stronger flavors, I recommend using 1 tsp. For more mild seasonings or spice blends such as curry powder, I recommend using 1.5 tsp or more for a stronger flavor.
  2. For sour plum powder, I recommend 1 tsp. For honey/maple syrup peanuts, increase the amount to about 2 tbsp. You can also add some chili powder (~1/4 tsp) to the honey to make sweet and spicy peanuts.

How to Make Dry Roasted Peanuts

Blanch the peanuts in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. Then, drain the water.

Blanching Peanuts
Greaseless Dry Roasted Peanuts (Sour Plum Powder)

Mix in the salt and desired flavoring (ex: garlic or five-spice) with the peanuts in a bowl until the seasoning is distributed evenly (no large clumps).

Baked Peanuts (Recommended)

Bake the peanuts at 325 F for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through to promote even browning. Keep an eye on the peanuts to make sure they are not browning too quickly. Once the peanuts are nicely toasted, immediately remove them from the oven to prevent burning. 

Microwave Peanuts

Note that the following microwave cooking times are flexible depending on how powerful your microwave is. The more powerful the microwave, the more you should shorten the cooking times to prevent charring.

Microwave the peanuts for the following times, mixing after each time: 2:30 minutes, 2 minutes, 1:30 minutes, 30 seconds.

Sour Plum Powder Peanuts
Garlic Powder Peanuts

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