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Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style 煮花生}

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Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style 煮花生}

Boiled Peanuts with simple spices such as salt, star anises, and cinnamon stick is a classic dish in China’s Yangtze River Delta area. It features slightly salted, semi-soft, firm-bite peanuts with a hint of fragrant. Truly a naturally delicious and healthy food. You can eat as a side dish or snacks. It is also a popular ingredient to go with a home cooking stir-fry.

Boiled Peanuts with Spices Ingredients:

Boiled Peanuts with Spices Ingredients
Ingredients

You will need shelled, raw and skin on peanuts. Wash and rinse them well and set aside.

Star Anise and Cinnamon stick are wonderful, fragrant spice by themselves. Together, they work magically well delivering this heavenly fragrant smell and flavor to the dish.

Try to use cinnamon stick if possible. You can substitute with cinnamon powder if you do not have cinnamon stick handy.

Himalayan Pink Salt is my go-to salt other than sea salt.

How to make Huai Yang Style Boiled Peanuts from scratch?

It is truly easy to make this Huai Yang Style Boiled Peanuts as long as you learn a few tips and tricks. See the Recipe for a detailed step-by-step tutorial. Here are the key takeaways:

Place all ingredients in a saucepan

Place Boiled Peanuts Ingredients in a saucepan
Place Boiled Peanuts Ingredients in a saucepan

Add previously washed and rinsed peanuts, a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, two star anises, a small piece of cinnamon stick and water in a 3 Qt. saucepan.

Bring to a boil and then simmer

Turn the heat to medium-high, cover the saucepan with a lid, and bring it to a boil. Following that, turn the heat to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.

Boiling Peanuts with Seasoning {Huai Yang Style}
Boiling Peanuts with Seasoning ({Huai Yang Style})

Let peanuts soak in the seasoning water

Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style}
Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style}

Following the 20 minutes simmering, turn off the heat, keep the lid on and let the peanuts soak in the seasoning water until cooling to room temperature.

Serve at room temperature

Huai Yang style boiled peanuts are traditionally served at room temperature, or directly from the fridge. Add some seasoning water from the boiling into the serving bowl, just enough to cover the peanuts.

Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style}
Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style}

Store the left over boiled peanuts in a container in the fridge and use within 5 days. Also, remember to add some seasoning water from the boiling just so that peanuts are covered with the seasoning water.

Peanuts are truly a well-liked food in China, and so many ways of cooking it. This Huai Yang style peanuts, just like a typical Huai Yang style food, is light and naturally delicious. If you are in the mood for crunchy peanuts with a mouthful of flavors, check out this Chinese Style Pan Fried Peanuts.

Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style 煮花生}

Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style 煮花生} Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Boiled Peanuts with simple spices such as salt, star anises, and cinnamon stick is a classic dish in China’s Yangtze River Delta area. It features slightly salted, semi-soft, firm-bite peanuts with a hint of fragrant. Truly a naturally delicious and healthy food.

Ingredients

  • 200 Gram peanuts (about 7.06 oz.), shelled, raw, and skin-on
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 star anises
  • 1 small cinnamon stick, see notes
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and rinse the peanuts well and set aside.
    Boiled Peanuts with Spices Ingredients
  2. Add 4 cups of water, peanuts, 2 star anises, 1 small piece of cinnamon stick along with 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt into a 3 Qt. saucepan.
    Place Boiled Peanuts Ingredients in a saucepan
  3. Turn the heat to medium-high, cover the saucepan with a lid, and bring it to a boil, about 8 minutes.
    Boiling Peanuts with Seasoning {Huai Yang Style}
  4. Following that, turn the heat to simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
    Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style}
  5. Turn off the heat, keep the lid on and let the peanuts soak in the seasoning water until cooling to room temperature.
  6. Serve at room temperature. Huai Yang style boiled peanuts are traditionally served at room temperature, or directly from the fridge. Add some seasoning water from the boiling into the serving bowl, just enough to cover the peanuts.
    Boiled Peanuts with Spices {Huai Yang Style}

Notes

  • Cinnamon stick is preferred, if you do not have that handy, use 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder instead.
  • Store the left over boiled peanuts in a container and use within 5 days. Remember to add some seasoning water from the boiling just so that peanuts are covered with the seasoning water.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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