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Boiled Peanuts (Hawaii)



  • 2 pounds raw peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons Hawaiian rock salt
  • 1 whole bhat gok (star anise)


  1. Soak peanuts in water overnight, weighing down the peanuts with a dish and a weight, like a large can of pork and beans.
  2. The next day, wash and rub peanuts until the water is clear. Put peanuts in a pot with water about 1 1/2 inches above the peanuts. (Hold peanuts down with your hand.) Add salt and bhat gok. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Taste for doneness. Peanut should be medium to soft, depending on the taster. Cook 30 minutes longer for a softer peanut. Let peanuts stand in water for 1 hour.
  4. Pour off excess water. Package and refrigerate.

Boiled peanuts may be frozen until ready to use or eaten right away.

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