Chinese Boiled Peanuts

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Appears in

One Good Dish

By David Tanis

Published 2013

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  • ½ pound shelled raw peanuts
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 or 3 whole star anise
  • 2 or 3 dried red chile peppers
  • A 1-inch piece of cinnamon stick


    Put the peanuts in a small stainless steel or other nonreactive pot, add the soy sauce, sugar, star anise, chile peppers, cinnamon, and 2 cups water, and bring to a boil, then adjust to a gentle simmer. Cook, covered, for 2 hours.

    Turn off the heat and let the peanuts cool in their liquid. Drain before serving, but reserve the liquid to store any leftovers (keep refrigerated).