Spicy Cajun Peanuts

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Spicy Cajun seasoned peanuts. Rachel Husband / Getty Images
  • 6 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins,
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Yield: 2 Cups (2 servings)

These hot and savory spiced peanuts are coated with a blend of Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. The peanuts are cooked in a skillet in a small amount of oil until they're warm and well coated with the seasonings.

If you prefer a Tex-Mex flavor, toss them with some chili powder or try a seasoned salt if you have a favorite blend. I think mesquite seasoning or a similar seasoning would work as well. See the expert tips below for a homemade salt-free Cajun seasoning blend.

The spicy peanuts make a tasty snack for a game day crowd or holiday party.

What You'll Need

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder (or Cajun or Creole seasoning blend)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (ground)
  • 2 cups peanuts (dry roasted, lightly salted or unsalted)

How to Make It

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper to the oil and cook, stirring, for a few seconds..
  3. Add peanuts to skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. stirring constantly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  4. Store the spicy peanuts for up to 3 weeks in a tightly covered container.

Expert Tips

  • To make a homemade Cajun seasoning blend, combine 2 tablespoons of onion powder, 2 tablespoons of ground paprika, 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried leaf thyme, 3/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper in a bowl. Blend thoroughly.  Use 1 teaspoon of this blend in the recipe along with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste.

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