Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts Recipe

Experience the toasted, smoky, and warm flavors of peanuts by making Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts!

They may be small but peanuts are packed with so much quality, especially if you cook them properly. Instead of buying peanuts in stores, just make them at home to save money and get the flavor that you want.

The Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts is one of my favorite air fryer recipes because of how easy it is to do. I enjoy them as snacks or use them as ingredients for recipes that need a roasted touch to them.

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You only need about ten minutes to make these Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts. But the fun and flavor will last for a long time. I’m sure you won’t want to miss out on an awesome one-ingredient recipe!

How to Make Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts

With the many ways to cook peanuts, I especially suggest air frying them to roast. You don’t need oil because the circulation of heat in the air fryer will already do all of the cooking for you.

All you need is ten minutes to make Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts!

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Ingredient

You only need one thing to make this dish: peanuts!

Peanuts

What do you need to know about peanuts?

Peanuts, also known as groundnuts or goobers, are edible seeds that grow in pods. Even if they have the word “nuts”, they are actually legumes. They are popularly produced in South America and even Asia.

They may be small, but peanuts have lots of flavors and nutrients to offer. Peanuts taste mildly sweet, nutty, and earthy – a great blend of flavors. When you cook them, you will know how fragrant and chewy they can also be.

Roasting them is one of the best ways of cooking them because of how salty and savory they will become. Moreover, their small size makes them good for snacking and cooking other dishes.

Health Benefits of Peanuts

  • Peanuts can protect you from one of the leading causes of death in the world, heart disease.
  • According to Healthline, peanuts can also make it easier for you to manage your weight.
  • The low glycemic index of peanuts will not cause spikes in your blood sugar levels, too.
  • Very Well Fit shared that peanuts can also reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In fact, peanuts are good sources of energy for the day.

These peanuts also go well with Granola Bars, Peanut Butter, and Banana Bread! You can also enjoy roasted peanuts as a side dish with Roasted Plantain, Soft Bread, and more.

The possibilities are endless with this Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts Recipe!

Directions

Check out how easy this Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts recipe is!

Roasting

  1. Use a spatula to spread the raw peanuts in the air fryer basket evenly.
  2. Set the air fryer at 200°C.
  3. Air fry the peanuts for eight minutes.
  4. Then, toss the peanuts around at the four-minute mark.
  5. Allow them to cool and spread them on a tray.
  6. Peel them by rubbing them between your hands.
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Peeling

Now that you cooked them, how do you peel the peanuts?

  1. Place the air fryer rack inside the air fryer.
  2. Put a heat-proof plate on top and spread the peanuts on the plate.
  3. Air fry for one minute at the lowest temperature.
  4. Allow the fan to blow away the seed coats. Alternatively, put a splatter guard on top of the air fryer.
  5. Then, use a blow dryer to separate the seed coats.
  6. Store the nuts in a resealable bag or glass jar, or serve in a bowl!

Was it as easy as you expected it to be? Now, you won’t ever have to run out of these roasted peanuts. Let your air fryer save the day!

Tips

Peanuts

Buying peanuts
  • These are readily available in supermarkets.
  • Select packages with healthy-looking peanuts without holes, insects, or discoloration.
  • You may opt for shelled or unshelled varieties as long as they are not shriveled in texture. 
Storing peanuts
  • Unopened raw peanuts can be stored in their original packaging.
  • Once you open them, transfer them to a container or in resealable bags to store in a dry area or the refrigerator.
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How to Peel Peanuts

Peeling them can take lots of time, so check out these tips on how to peel peanuts easily after you try this Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts recipe.

Unshelled peanuts
  1. If the peanuts are still in the pods, then locate the indentation on the shell.
  2. Squeeze it with your thumbs until it breaks into two.
  3. They will come out easily.
  4. Collect the pieces in a bowl to roast. 
Shelled peanuts
  1. Arrange them on a baking tray.
  2. Roast them in an air fryer, oven, or pan.
  3. Allow them to cool.
  4. Then, rub them between your hands to peel.
  5. Continue doing this until all of them are peeled to your preferences. 

Use a blow dryer to blow the skin away. It is best to do this on the tray on the floor for easy cleaning. It also saves you time and effort. 

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Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts Variations

How else can you make peanuts taste incredible?

Using a single ingredient doesn’t mean having only one flavor. If you want added intensity, then season the roasted peanuts with salt, dried herbs, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili flakes, or your favorite spices. 

You can also sprinkle sugar for a caramelized texture and flavor. Aside from sugar, you can also use butter, honey, vanilla extract, or cinnamon. This Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts recipe is easily customizable!

Alternative Ways to Roast Peanuts

In the oven 
  1. Distribute the peanuts in a single layer on a skillet.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Cook the peanuts for up to 20 minutes or until brown.
  4. Then, season it with salt and toss it together.
  5. Allow it to cool, and transfer it to a container to store. 
In a pan
  1. Spread the peanuts in a heated skillet pan.
  2. Then, cover it with a lid.
  3. Cook for ten minutes, depending on the stove’s heat.
  4. Wait until they turn brown.

More Peanut Recipes

  • Air fryer: Cook the Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts in the air fryer.
  • Spatula: Mix the ingredients as they cook in the air fryer. 
  • Container: Once cooked, transfer them to a container to store them. 
  • Tray: Peel the peanuts on a tray.
  • Splatter guard: Use the splatter screen to keep your kitchen counter clear of seed coats.

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How to Serve Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts

Whether you eat them on their own or use them as ingredients, Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts bring so much quality.

They can make excellent snacks or appetizers for your guests. One of the best things about them is that they are versatile ingredients for other condiments or dishes, such as butter, oil, garri smoothie, and more. 

It’s perfect for salads, sauces, desserts, pastries, vegetables, granola bars, relish, etc. Limit your daily intake to a handful. Take caution when feeding this to kids because these are common allergens.

Here are some of the best ways to make use of your peanuts:

  • Granola – give the granola a touch of crunchy and toasted quality.
  • Salad – vegetables can taste better with peanuts, too.
  • Coconut Fried Rice – wait until you experience the peanuts with fried rice.
  • Garri Smoothie – try this drink for something sweet, nutty, and milky.
  • Overnight Oats – toss peanuts into your oats for an extra crunchy.

Storage Tips

Make Ahead

In the fridge: Place the roasted peanuts in containers and refrigerate for up to six months. 

To freeze: Keep the roasted ones in the freezer bags and freeze them to last up to two years. Defrost them at room temperature. Otherwise, roast them in the air fryer, oven, or pan for a few minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature do you roast peanuts?

It depends on how you cook the peanuts. In this air fryer recipe, I suggest roasting the peanuts at 200°C or 400°F to get the right level of doneness. If you use an oven, then you can cook the peanuts at 175°C to 190°C.

How to roast groundnut in an air fryer?

Place the peanuts on a plate and cook in the preheated air fryer at 200°C (or 400°F) for eight minutes. Shake it after the first four minutes to cook all of the peanuts. You can also peel the groundnuts in the air fryer!

Can I use air fryer to roast?

Yse, you can roast in your air fryer. Remember to preheat the air fryer at the proper temperature. I also suggest using a bit of oil to keep your food moist. Air fry dishes in one layer and don’t forget to flip them, if needed.

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Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts

4.50 from 2 votes
Make oil-free, quick, and easy Air Fryer-Roasted Peanuts for healthy snacking in minutes!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine South America
Calories 4kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups peanuts

Instructions
 

  • Roast the peanuts.
    Add raw peanuts to the air fryer basket.
    Use a spatula to spread the peanuts in the air fryer basket evenly. 
    Set the air fryer at 200°C (or 400°F) and the cooking time to 8 minutes.
    Air fry the peanuts. Shake, toss or mix the peanuts with a spatula for even browning at the 4-minute mark.
    Continue air-fry for another 4 minutes or until they are perfectly roasted.
    Once completely roasted, set aside to cool at room temperature.
  • Peel the peanuts. 
    Spread the roasted peanuts on a tray
    Take a handful of the peanuts and peel the seed coats by rubbing them between your hands.
    Repeat this process until the seed coats are completely peeled off the peanuts.
  • Separate the peanuts from the seed coats
    Air fryer method
    Place the air fryer rack in the air fryer pot. 
    Place a heat-proof plate on the rack and spread the roasted peanuts on the plate. 
    Set the air fryer at the lowest temperature (150 ºC) and air fry for 1 minute. 
    Allow the fan to blow away the seed coats into the pot.
    Blow dryer method
    Alternatively, place a splatter screen on top of the air fryer and use a blow dryer to separate the seed coats from the peanuts. (See note 1 tip)
    Was it as easy as you expected it to be? Now, you won't ever have to run out of these roasted snacks or ingredients. Let your air fryer save the day!
  • Store the roasted peanuts.
    Store the peeled peanuts in an airtight container or glass jar for freshness, or serve in a bowl.

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Notes

  • For the blow dryer method, you can use a big bow or pot instead of an air fryer pot to collect the seed costs during separation.
  • After roasting the peanuts, let them cool and run them between your hands to remove the skin (seed coats).
  • Store them in the freezer to last up to 2 years.

Nutrition

Calories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 0.1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 0.2mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 0.1gCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.03mg
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