There are some simple snacks in life that bring so much joy. And for any Marylander, Old Bay peanuts are one of those things. Think of the peanut as the perfect transfer mechanism to get our Old Bay fix. Seriously. It’s Southern snacking perfected down to its simplest form. Easy to make, deliciously nutty and salty, and don’t forget the subtle simmering heat from the paprika in the Old Bay.
If you’re in need for a quick spicy party snack, keep these seasoned peanuts as a go-to recipe. Prep is five minutes, and then it’s simple a waiting game with a quick oven bake. They’ll make an impression, especially if you have any Mid-Atlantic crab aficionados in the crowd.
- 2 cups peanuts deshelled, whole or halved
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Stir thoroughly.
- Add peanuts to the bowl and coat them thoroughly.
- Transfer the peanuts to the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread them out evenly.
- Cook the peanuts in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping once at the 15 minute mark to promote even browning.
- Remove the peanuts from the oven and allow them to cool for five minutes. Serve immediately, or transfer the Old Bay peanuts to an airtight container for future eating enjoyment!