Can You Deep Fry Shelled Peanuts?

by Christina Kalinowski

Eating peanut shells may initially seem like an off-putting idea, but once deep-fried the shells become edible. Deep-fried shelled peanuts are a beloved Southern snack, often coated with seasonings and served alongside a cold beverage. Look for freshly harvested green peanuts and try your hand at making these deep-fried nibbles.

Heat equal parts lard and peanut oil in a pot to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add shelled peanuts to the hot oil by carefully lowering with a slotted metal spoon. Fry the peanuts until crispy, approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently to cook evenly.

Remove the peanuts from the hot oil and drain on paper towels. If desired, season the peanuts by tossing them with a few pinches of salt and pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and cumin. Add brown sugar for a sweet twist or spice it up with cayenne pepper. Serve warm and enjoy.

Items you will need

  • Green peanuts
  • Pot
  • Lard
  • Peanut oil
  • Slotted metal spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Seasonings (optional)


  • In lieu of lard, use peanut or vegetable oil.
  • Green raw peanuts are freshly harvested and can be purchased at Indian and Asian markets, as well as farmers markets and are available for order online.


  • Hot oil may cause serious burns so use caution when deep-frying. Use a slotted spoon with a long handle to avoid getting too close to the hot oil when adding or retrieving food.


About the Author

Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.

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