Spicy Cajun Peanuts

Spicy Cajun seasoned peanuts
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  • Total: 6 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
875 Calories
77g Fat
25g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 875
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 77g 99%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 84mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Protein 38g
Calcium 141mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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. We 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.


  • 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)

Steps 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.


  • 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.