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Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Super easy recipe to make old fashioned Chinese five spice braised peanuts even a newbie cook can replicate at home.

I have a very old fashioned Chinese recipe for you today, five spice braised peanuts. This is such an old fashioned snack that I remember only my older aunties used to make this and share with their younger sisters, my Mom being one of them. :) I almost forgot all about this snack until my friend shared hers. I simply must try her recipe and replicate, since it is so good and extremely easy. So a big thanks Pearlyn. :)

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Peanuts with Skin On

For this recipe, you want to hunt down dried raw peanuts with skin on. I usually buy this kind of peanuts in my Asian grocery since I like sticking to using Chinese ingredients for Chinese recipe. Interestingly the ones I usually buy comes in a 12 oz (340 gram) packet, hence the same amount in my recipe. :D If you have no access to Asian grocery, feel free to use the one stocked in your regular grocery stores.

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Regular pot vs. Pressure Cooker

Since I want to make sure even newbies can replicate this recipe, I make sure to cook this in a saucepot. It takes 2 hours, but it is super easy and not much work needs to be done. You simply have to check occasionally to make sure there is still enough water in the pot, and add some hot water if needed. If you are a more advanced cook and have a pressure cooker, you can cut down the cooking time to only 45 minutes. Either way, this five spice braised peanuts should turn out delicious.

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Five Spice Braised Peanuts


5.0 from 8 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Ingredients:

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 mins

Serves: 4-8

Ingredients

  • 340 gram (12 oz) dried raw peanuts with skin on
  • 3 cloves garlic with skin on
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 50 gram palm sugar (or rock sugar), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ~ 2 cup water, or enough to cover peanuts

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a sauce pot, making sure there is enough water to cover the peanuts completely. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours, or until peanuts are soft. Make sure to check occasionally and top off with more hot water if the sauce dries up before the 2 hours mark. The peanuts should be tender (but not falling apart) and very flavorful at this point.
  3. If you have a pressure cooker, you can braise the peanuts in 45 minutes.
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Comments

  • Katie Katie says:

    Made this for my family and it was a hit!

  • Shadi Hasanzadenemati Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    Love how easy and delicious this recipe is. It's perfect for a gathering or a party.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Or for two people (me and hubby) in a span of one two-hour movie. :D These peanuts can be addictive and dangerous.

  • Dannii Dannii says:

    I love snacking on nuts and the flavour of these sounds amazing.

  • Taylor Kiser Taylor Kiser says:

    These are great for snacking! Love how easy they are to make!

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    What a fantastic treat. I've never had anything like these before but I am ready to try them.

  • Ashley Ashley says:

    Oh these sound delicious! Definitely trying for my next gathering!

    • Anita Anita says:

      You will love them, Ashley. And if there will be many guests coming for the gathering, be sure to make a double or triple batch. :)

  • Siva Siva says:

    Dear Anita, could I omit salt, sugar, oyster sauce and thick sauce for the braised peanuts? I am on No Salt and No Sugar Diet. Will the texture of the peanuts be soft? Please advice. Thanks.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Dear Siva, I am sure the peanuts will be soft even if you omit all those seasonings. But I can't guarantee the taste will be as delicious if you omit all of those. :)

  • SU KUN SU KUN says:

    I used to have braised peanut in Singapore. I want to learn how to cook braised peanut. I found this recipe. Thank you for sharing recipe.

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome, Su Kun. Now you can make these peanuts even when you are not in Singapore. :)

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