Boiled Peanuts

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Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

In Ghana, as in many parts of the Southern U.S. and Asia, raw peanuts are enjoyed as a snack when boiled. Raw peanuts are called “green” when they are freshly dug up and contain moisture. In Ghana, people buy large quantities of the raw, dried peanuts still in their shells. The dried peanuts are soaked in water overnight, then boiled covered in salted water for several hours until the peanuts are soft. This is a great snack for eating outdoors. In the U.S., raw peanuts are commonly sold already shelled, and are available at health food stores or Asian markets.


  • 2 cups shelled raw peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt



  1. Rinse the peanuts and soak in a bowl of water overnight.
  2. Bring about 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Drain the peanuts and add to the boiling water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt (or more).
  3. Lower the heat to medium and cook the peanuts in the salted water until they are soft like beans. This may take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours depending on how fresh the peanuts are. Add more water as they cook, if needed. Drain the water off, and serve.

To serve

These may be eaten alone, but in Ghana boiled peanuts/groundnuts are sometimes served with boiled corn or cassava.