How to Roast Raw Unshelled Peanuts

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Roasting raw peanuts makes them crunchy and flavorful.
Roasting raw peanuts makes them crunchy and flavorful. (Image: peanuts image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Convert bland raw peanuts into a flavorful snack by roasting them in their shells. “The Science of Good Food” notes that the high fat content of peanuts leads some to think of these legumes as nuts. But peanuts do not meet the official definition of a nut as a hard-shelled tree seed. Although botanically different, roasting peanuts mirrors the process used for roasting nuts. Leaving the shell intact before heating prevents burning, since the shell protects the inner peanuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Raw, unshelled peanuts
  • Baking sheet

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 15 minutes.

Preheat your oven for 15 minutes before roasting peanuts.
Preheat your oven for 15 minutes before roasting peanuts. (Image: oven image by Evgeny Rodionov from Fotolia.com)

Lay the peanuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Roast the peanuts in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until you begin to smell a roasted nut aroma in your kitchen.

Let the peanuts cool completely before cracking the shells with your hands and eating the peanuts inside.

Crack the peanut shells open with your hands.
Crack the peanut shells open with your hands. (Image: cracking peanuts image by Adkok from Fotolia.com)

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