Ever wondered how to get that perfectly roasted, delicious taste without the hassle? Air fryer roasted peanuts are the answer. They’re easy to make, full of flavor, and the perfect companion for your snacking adventures. Great as a salad topping, a healthy snack, or a crunchy dessert garnish, this customizable recipe is one you can flavor differently every time!
In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about air fryer peanuts, understanding why they’re your new go-to snack, how to make them with a variety of spices and seasonings, and how to store and serve them for the best snack experience.
❤️ Why you will love this recipe
Air frying has revolutionized the world of snacks. Here’s why you’re going to love air fryer peanuts:
The Healthier Choice: Unlike traditional roasting methods, the air fryer uses hot air to cook the peanuts, meaning you can achieve that golden-brown perfection with just a little amount of oil or none at all! They’re a healthier snack option, retaining the good fats and health benefits of raw peanuts.
Quick and Easy Recipe: Tired of constantly having to constantly stir your peanuts on the stovetop? With the air fryer, you can set a timer and forget it. In just a few minutes, you’ll have perfectly roasted peanuts ready for snacking.
Customizable Flavor: One of the best things about making your own peanuts in the air fryer is that you can customize the flavor. Whether you prefer a spicy kick, a hint of sweetness, or a zesty tang, the options are endless.
Consistency Every Time: The air fryer ensures even cooking, so no more unevenly roasted peanuts. Each batch of this quick snack comes out golden brown, with a consistent flavor and crunch.
🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions
Every ingredient plays a pivotal role in giving air fryer peanuts their irresistible flavor. Let’s break down the role of each one:
The star of the show, raw peanuts are rich in natural oils which provide a deep, nutty flavor. When roasted, these oils help the seasoning stick to the peanuts, giving them a moreish taste.
Seasoning Mix (optional)
Salt: A basic ingredient, salt accentuates the natural flavors of the peanuts and other ingredients. If looking for a different touch, rock salt or pink salt can be used as alternatives.
Smoked Paprika: This gives our peanuts a smoky touch, reminiscent of campfire roasted snacks. It’s a unique flavor that’s hard to resist.
Cayenne Powder: For those who enjoy a kick in their snack, cayenne powder adds that spicy edge. You can adjust the amount based on your heat preference. For a milder alternative, paprika powder can be used.
Brown Sugar or Brown Sweetener: A touch of sweetness can elevate the taste. Whether you opt for traditional brown sugar or a healthier alternative like monk fruit or erythritol, this ingredient balances out the spices.
Ground Black Pepper: Adding a hint of warmth, black pepper complements the salt and brings depth to our seasoning mix.
Cumin: An earthy spice commonly found in Indian cooking, cumin adds another layer of complexity to our peanuts. It’s a flavor that many find irresistible.
Garlic Granules: A favorite in many recipes, garlic granules give our peanuts a savory touch, making them even more tasty.
🥣 How to Make This Air Fryer Roasted Peanuts Recipe
Roasting peanuts in air fryer is a breeze. Here’s how:
Setting the Stage
Preheat your air fryer to 170°C/ 340°F. This ensures that your peanuts roast evenly from the get-go.
One Layer for Perfection
Place the peanuts in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This is crucial to achieve that golden-brown finish on every peanut. Remember, no overcrowding!
The Roasting Process
Air fry peanuts for 15 minutes, and don’t forget to shake the basket halfway through. This step ensures that every peanut gets its time in the spotlight, resulting in an even roast.
Season to Taste
(Optional): Mix the seasoning spices together in a small bowl.
Once roasted, spray the peanuts in the air fryer basket with olive oil and give them a good stir to coat. This helps the seasoning adhere better. Start by sprinkling half of the prepared seasoning mix, giving it a good stir. Sample a few and add more seasoning if needed. If you have leftover spice mix, it stores well in an airtight jar for later.
Air fry for 2 more minutes, until the sugar/sweetener on the peanuts begins to melt and stick to the nuts.
Transfer the peanuts to a medium bowl, allow them to cool and enjoy!
How to Store Roasted Peanuts
To keep your roasted peanuts fresh and crunchy:
Cooling is Key
Always allow your peanuts to cool slightly before storing them. This prevents any condensation, which can make them go soft.
Airtight is Right
Store your roasted peanuts in an airtight container or a sealed jar. Mason jars are perfect for this. Keeping air out ensures they stay fresh for longer.
Room Temperature Storage
It’s best to store your peanuts at room temperature in a dry place. No need for refrigeration.
When stored correctly, your air fryer roasted peanuts can stay fresh and crunchy for up to two weeks.
🪄 Recipe Notes & Tips
For the best results when making air fryer peanuts, keep the following expert tips in mind:
Choosing the Right Peanuts: Always opt for raw peanuts when making this recipe. They are free from any added salt or seasoning, ensuring that you get the purest flavor.
Shake (Or Stir): The beauty of the air fryer is its ability to roast evenly. Shaking the basket ensures each peanut gets roasted from all sides. Remember, a quick shake can make a big difference!
Seasoning Quantity: The quantity of seasoning suggested is a general guideline. Always adjust based on personal preference. And don’t worry if you make extra; many seasonings store well for future use.
Don’t Overcrowd: To achieve perfectly roasted peanuts, it’s essential not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Overloading can lead to uneven cooking.
✨ 7 Other Seasoning Ideas
Feeling adventurous? Love different spices and flavors? This is the perfect snack to experiment with! Feel free to add your favorite seasoning or spices of your choice. Here are some other seasoning ideas to try:
Chaat Masala Peanuts
Give your peanuts an Indian twist with chaat masala, a blend that includes spices like dry mango powder and kala namak (black salt). You can find this blend at your local Indian grocery store, or make your own Chaat Masala Blend with this recipe.
Lime and Chili Peanuts
For a tangy kick, sprinkle your roasted peanuts with a mix of red chili powder, lime juice, and a hint of salt. This is one of my personal favorites!
Cajun Seasoned Peanuts
Bring the flavors of the South to your snack with a blend of cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
If you have a sweet tooth, sprinkle a mix of cinnamon and brown sugar or brown sweetener over the peanuts with a dash of salt before air frying. Tip: Mix them with melted butter first for an even tastier experience!
Sweet and Spicy Peanuts
A blend of granulated sugar or sweetener, chili powder, and a touch of salt gives you a snack that’s both sweet and fiery.
Curry Flavored Peanuts
Ground curry powder, turmeric powder, and a hint of salt can give your peanuts an aromatic and savory touch reminiscent of Indian street food. Add a squeeze of lemon juice for a lovely tart kick.
Cheesy Garlic Peanuts
Combine garlic powder with nutritional yeast for a cheesy, vegan treat that’s hard to put down.
🍽️ What can I serve with this Air Fryer Peanuts recipe?
Roasted peanuts are a versatile snack, but pairing them can elevate your snacking experience. Here are some suggestions:
With Chilled Beverages
A bowl of air fryer peanuts pairs beautifully with cold beverages. Whether it’s an iced tea, soda with lime juice, or a mocktail, the combination is a hit at gatherings and parties.
Add a crunchy twist to your salads by sprinkling them with crushed roasted peanuts. Their rich flavor complements fresh veggies and dressings. Try them on my Pickled Beet Salad instead of walnuts!
With Fruit Platters
The sweet and savory combination can never go wrong. Serve your roasted peanuts alongside a fruit platter for a balanced and delicious snack.
DIY Trail Mix
Combine your roasted peanuts with other roasted nuts, dried fruits, and perhaps a sprinkle of chocolate chips for a personalized trail mix. It’s perfect for road trips or a midday office snack.
Cheese and Wine Pairing
The robust flavors of these peanuts can stand up to a variety of cheeses. Consider pairing them with sharp cheddar or creamy camembert. Accompany with a glass of wine, and you’ve got yourself a sophisticated snack for your next get-together.
As a Garnish
The beauty of these air fryer roasted peanuts lies in their versatility. Whether incorporated into dishes or enjoyed on their own, they promise a burst of flavor and texture that is sure to delight.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use the same method and seasoning for other nuts like almonds or cashews. Adjust the cooking time based on the size and density of the nut.
No, raw peanuts don’t require soaking for this recipe. Using them directly ensures a crunchy finish.
Absolutely! While this guide focuses on the air fryer method, you can roast peanuts in an oven on a baking sheet. Adjust the temperature and keep an eye on them to prevent over-roasting.
While oil helps the seasoning stick to the peanuts better, you can also make them without oil, or use less for an even healthier version.
The wonderful world of roasting peanuts in an air fryer opens doors to a variety of flavors and snacking experiences. With the given tips, seasonings, and pairings, you’re now equipped to make the perfect batch every time. Remember, the best part about recipes is adding your personal touch, so don’t hesitate to experiment and make it your own. Enjoy your snacking!
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Air Fryer Peanuts Recipe
- 1 2/3 cups 200g raw peanuts (I used redskin)
- Olive oil spray
- 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar or brown sweetener of choice I used brown erythritol
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- Preheat your air fryer to 170°C/ 340°F.
- Place the peanuts in a single layer in the air fryer basket and air fry for 15 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.
- After 15 minutes, test a peanut. Add a couple of extra minutes cooking time if needed.
- (Optional): Mix the seasoning together in a small bowl or jar.
- When the peanuts are finished, spray them in the air fryer basket with olive oil and give them a good stir to coat.
- Add half of the seasoning and mix well. Taste and add more seasoning if needed, or store the extra seasoning in a sealed jar for later.
- Air fry for 2 more minutes, until the sugar/sweetener on the peanuts begins to melt.
- Transfer the peanuts to a medium bowl, allow them to cool and enjoy!
- See full post for more seasoning ideas
- Choosing the Right Peanuts: Always opt for raw peanuts when making this recipe. They are free from any added salt or seasoning, ensuring that you get the purest flavor.
- Seasoning Quantity: The quantity of seasoning suggested is a general guideline. Always adjust based on personal preference. And don't worry if you make extra; many seasonings store well for future use.
- Don’t Overcrowd: To achieve perfectly roasted peanuts, it's essential not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Overloading can lead to uneven cooking.
- Storage: Store in an airtight container (like a mason jar) at room temperature for up to two weeks. Extra seasoning can be stored in an airtight jar as well for the next batch of air fryer nuts you make.