Peanuts are a very common ingredient in cooking. You can add it to your pastry, a stir-fry, or a salad. You can decorate a cake with peanuts or use them to make the icing. And, of course, how can you forget about peanut butter? And you usually have roasted nuts listed in the ingredients. Let’s see how you can roast peanuts properly; and how long to roast peanuts on the stovetop to get the tastiest result.
If you have an option to buy raw or roasted nuts in the store, you better go with the first option. You can always spare around 15 minutes on roasting peanuts at home. However, as a result, you get a freshly roasted condiment or snack with a pronounced incomparable aroma and flavorful taste.
How to choose peanuts for roasting
If you ask me how to choose raw peanuts in the store to roast them at home, I would advise you to be very careful. Check whether peanuts are free of insects and do not have any unpleasant odor. Make sure that the skin is pale pink color and peanuts do not make any loud noise when shaken. If you see that the peanuts started to get dry, you better do not buy the product. If you are buying raw peanuts without skins, then make sure that the color of the nut is even without any dark spots.
How to make roasted peanuts at home
There is one key step in roasting nuts that sometimes people skip. However, I would highly recommend not doing this. Give the nuts you bought, whether with skin or not, a quick rinse under running water. You will be definitely surprised when you see how dirty the water can be. Do not soak peanuts in the water; make their contact with water as quickly as possible.
I tend to roast nuts plain, without any spices, dried herbs, and even salt, and only after removing the skillet from the stovetop do I add seasoning. I simply adore that specific nutty flavor that roasted peanuts have, and I usually find that adding any other ingredient spoils it for me. However, when you need to make stovetop roasted peanuts as a snack for a bunch of people, you simply separate still hot roasted peanuts into several bunches and then add seasoning.
Skillet-Roasted Peanuts Recipe
- 300-500 g peanuts with skin
- Seasoning (to your taste)
- Rinse raw peanuts under running water. Take a clean kitchen towel or paper towels and pat peanuts until they are dry.
- I do not use any fat or oil for roasting peanuts. They are oily enough to get cooked by themselves. Take a skillet and add peanuts in one layer. No matter how strange it may sound, every time I roast peanuts in the same skillet, I have a different amount of peanuts. Of course, I have an idea of how it’s happening, but still bizarre, nevertheless.
- You should roast peanuts in a skillet on slightly lower than medium heat. Do not leave the skillet on the stove out of your sight. You should constantly stir peanuts with a spatula. If you can, toss them in the pan by holding the skillets handle.
- It takes me 15-17 minutes to roast whole peanuts in a pan on the stove. Set them aside to cool down before serving.
You can easily get rid of the skin from roasted nuts. Wrap still hot peanuts in a kitchen towel and rub them with your hands. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Sometimes, not all the nuts that I buy are whole. There can be halves or even smaller parts. To avoid burning them, I lower the heat to low after the first 10 minutes of roasting. Then, after additional 5 minutes, I turn off the stove and leave nuts in a hot pan. You can add seasoning (salt with herbs and spices) at this step.
I hope that the recipe for the roasted peanuts on the stove was helpful and easy to follow. There is no better snack to serve than the one you made yourself. There are no hidden calories or unnecessary additives. Skillet-roasted peanuts are a great sour and sweet snack to serve; you simply change the seasoning.