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How to Roast Raw Peanuts – Oven & Microwave Methods

How to Roast Raw Peanuts – Oven & Microwave Methods

Last Updated on 20th August 2021 by

Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly prepared peanuts? And the taste- that’s simply one of the best snacks you can have, and it’s healthy too.

In some countries, roasted peanuts are a street food and a very popular one. Do you know why they sell so well and some people are actually able to make a living off of selling peanuts? It’s because when you roast them they emit a rapturous scent that makes you want to gobble down an entire bag.

Peanuts are a simple enough food to roast, and there are a few ways you can do that. You can also flavour them in whatever way you like- with salt, honey roasted, cinnamon roasted, and plenty more. This is the kind of treat you’ll want to have sitting in a bowl on your kitchen counter to pick from whenever you have a little craving.

I like to pack peanuts and take them with me whenever I am going to be away from the house for very long. They are a good anytime snack to have (as long as you have some water to go with them).

I pack them when I am going hiking or going to the park, and they are a great to have after a picnic instead of a dessert. The simple crunchiness and nutty flavour make me so happy, exciting the tastebuds and bringing back fond memories of the circus or a ballgame.

Maybe for some people, it brings back fond memories of times they took a flight and were served peanuts, back when they still served peanuts on airplanes.

Because peanuts are low in fat and high in fibre, they make for a great dieting snack. They are good for your heart health and frankly delicious. This is a snack you can’t go wrong with, but you might be wondering how to roast raw peanuts in oven or by other means.

It couldn’t be any easier to make these yourself, so I suggest just buying a bag of raw shelled or unshelled peanuts and try your hand at roasting them. It’s a hard recipe to mess up, so what do you have to lose?

The best thing about making them on your own is that you control the salt content and can keep additives out of the peanuts. You can make this a natural, healthy snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about munching down on throughout the day.

How to Roast Raw Peanuts in the Oven

Why pay for roasted peanuts at a premium when you could save money and roast raw peanuts for yourself. It’s not a lengthy process, nor does it take a lot of work. In fact, this is one of the simplest recipes on this site.

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How to Roast Raw Peanuts in the Oven

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  • Salt
  • Peanut


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place peanuts on a baking pan in a single layer. It’s okay if they are crowded.
  • For shelled peanuts you can bake them for 15-20 minutes. If they are done baking, the skin should be loose and the peanuts should be golden brown.
  • If you want to salt the peanuts, you can add the salt once they are out of the oven.
  • Allow the peanuts to cook for a few minutes before consuming.

How to Roast Raw Peanuts in Shell

You can cook peanuts that are still in their shell and not bother to take them out of the shell. Convenient, right? All you need to do is cook them for longer. It won’t make sense to salt them while in the shell or put any other garnish on them.

The only change you need to make from the recipe above for how to roast raw shelled peanuts is to cook them for 20-25 minutes. That’s just a bit longer than the shelled peanuts, and you should watch for signs that the peanuts are done cooking. If they have finished the peanut shell will start to turn a golden brown.

If you want to shell them after they come out, you should wait at least 10 or 15 minutes for them to cool down.

How to Roast Raw Spanish Peanuts

What if you want to roast some Spanish peanuts? Those are reddish peanuts that tend to be small and round. You can cook them the exact same way that you cook the regular peanuts- for about 15 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to Roast Raw Peanuts in the Microwave

You can also cook your peanuts in the microwave, if you like. You don’t have to use the oven, and the microwaving method takes less time. If I were to point out a disadvantage to the microwaving method for this, I would say that you don’t get quite as much flavour out of the peanuts and the lovely smell of roasted peanuts doesn’t permeate your house as much.

This is how to roast raw peanuts with skin in the microwave. You first need to make sure they are out of the shell. They can still have the skin on, if you like. That’s perfectly edible, and I think it is very tasty.

Lay them flat on a microwave-safe plate and make sure they are not stacked on top of each other at all. Then cook them for 10-12 minutes on high.

Once they come out of the microwave, you can add your salt or other seasonings as you like.

How to Season Roasted Peanuts

Adding salt to your peanuts as soon as they come out of the oven is a great way to bring out their nutty flavour. You can season them in other ways as well, though, and you will need to apply the seasonings differently in some cases.

If you want to do a spicy seasoning, you can simply add that after they are done roasting, just sprinkling it on the nuts.

If you are doing a cinnamon roasted flavour, you should mix together cinnamon sugar and melted butter in a bowl. Then, glaze it on the uncooked, shelled peanuts. After they are glazed, you can cook the peanuts in the oven as normal. There is no need to add salt to them when they come out.

Honey roasted peanuts will work the same way. You can add your honey before the peanuts go into the oven. That way, the honey bakes into the peanuts and give you a stronger flavour that works well with the peanut’s own flavour.

There are plenty of other ways to season and glaze the peanuts. You can go crazy and come up with your own seasonings to make them taste however you like. I have tried a few different seasonings that I really like- sea salt, caramel, cayenne pepper, and chilli and lime.

How to Store Your Roasted Peanuts

Now that the peanuts are done cooking, what do you do with them? How do you store them so that they stay edible for a long time?

You don’t need to refrigerate roasted peanuts. You can simply keep them at room temperature and cover them to protect them insects. An airtight container like a cookie jar is a great place to keep them and ensure that they will stay fresh. Your peanuts will stay tasting great for a few weeks this way.

If you would like them to last for months in storage, then you can put them in an airtight bag in the fridge or freezer. They will still taste fresh when you take them out months from now.

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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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