Homemade Nigerian Roasted Peanuts/Groundnuts

Roasted Peanut or Groundnut as it is called in Nigeria is a very popular snack. I remember hawkers carrying roasted groundnut, dankwa and pop corn in glass cases on their heads, they would use a fork to tap the case and make a rhythmic noise to attract people in the area to come and buy.

Roasted groundnut is also a popular accompaniment to roasted plantain  (Boli  or Bole as it is called) , garri (cassava flakes) soaked in water e.t.c.

It is quite easy to make. This is how I make mine.

Raw Groundnuts 
Salt to season

Garri, or Cooking Salt, or Very fine Sand to roast. 

– Soak groundnuts in hot water and salt for about 30 mins, then drain in a seive, allow to strain completely. 


– Fine sand is the most popular thing used locally to roast groundnut. Sand retains heat and also the nuts roast quicker and finer. But I don’t care for that method at all.
My neighbour when I was growing up used salt to make her’s, but I ain’t got annapuna salt to waste. So i used garri.

I opted to use garri

– Heat an empty pan on the fire and add garri/salt/sand, allow the garri to heat up slighty then add the peanuts.


– Use a wooden spoon to keep stirring. Stir consistently so as allow for even cooking and to avoid burning. The peanut would start to make a crackling sound like pop corn.
Keep stirring till the sounds stop and the skin looks like it is shrivelled. You can pick one nut and peel and taste, if it still tastes raw keep stirring. Keep checking to see progress if you peel the skin of about 3 picked randomly and it comes out golden brown, it is time to take it off the heat.

– Allow it to cool in garri/salt/sand before you pour it in large perforated seive, seive to separate garri/sand/salt from the peanuts.

– If the groundnut is almost burnt or over roasted quickly take out of the garri/sand/salt as It would keep cooking even after it has been taken off the heat.

– Allow it to cool completely then peel and store in an airtight container.


53 thoughts on “Homemade Nigerian Roasted Peanuts/Groundnuts

  1. cherly eniola ojo July 18, 2015 / 7:34 am

    Dis is lovely tnx so much

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Edesiri November 14, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Never knew it was possible with garri o, well done.


  3. Iseoluwa November 20, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    I tried it, it didn’t come out well it was soft


    • Ounje November 20, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Sorry about that Iseoluwa. Can you walk me through the steps you too so we can find out where you made a mistake.


  4. Oluwaseyi December 7, 2015 / 7:31 am

    thanks for the write up. I’m off to give it a try. Nice piece


  5. lawrita January 25, 2016 / 10:02 am

    thanks for sharing


  6. folake February 29, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Thanks will try that this week.


  7. Cynthia March 11, 2016 / 11:41 am

    I have not heard about using garri before


  8. NGOZI March 14, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I’m enjoying mine now. I did it with fine sand and its nice,thanks.


  9. Elizabeth March 25, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Thanks so much, can I use the same method for my Almond nuts?


  10. shankar March 28, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    what is garri can you explaine ?


    • Ounje April 24, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Garri is roasted cassava grits, it’s a meal popular in Nigeria, also called Cassava flakes.


  11. Oni Oyekunle April 16, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Thanks,soo mch u really hep a lot…I got to impress my gf&hostel mate…

    Am feeling my self thanks.


  12. Mercy May 24, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the write up, I never knew it could be done with garri, will give it a trial.


  13. Juliana June 18, 2016 / 1:32 am

    Thanks alot i will try d hot water, should it be very hot? Thanks again


    • Ounje July 10, 2016 / 10:24 am

      Hot enough to soften the nuts, yes.


  14. mo August 9, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Hi, thanks 4 d post. Just tried n it’s made sense. Just continual practise make perfect. Thanks


  15. teichroew September 21, 2016 / 4:40 am

    I grew up at Dutse, and we referred to them as ash peanuts. Are these the same. Is this the same way they are roasted? I thought that they were roasted under the sand with the hot coals on top?


    • Ounje October 12, 2016 / 9:44 am

      Hey Teichroew.
      I’m hearing of ash peanuts for the first time. I’d do a bit more research and confirm if they are the same.
      Thanks for the information


  16. xquizt November 18, 2016 / 5:37 am

    Thanks For Sharing This With Us. Will Surely Try This Out Soon. But My Question Is This, Will The Gari Be Re Usable?


  17. OYINDAMOLA November 25, 2016 / 7:05 am

    pls, how can I get the fine sand


    • Ounje November 28, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      I’m sure you’d find some on your street.


  18. Peter Adeyi December 4, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Must it be soak in hot water with salt? I want to know bcos i’ve a frnd dat jst sprinkle ordinary water, add salt, stirred and sun dry it b4 he roasted it.


    • Ounje December 4, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      I have never tried your friend’s method so I can only speak of what I have tried.


  19. Peter Adeyi December 5, 2016 / 5:12 am

    Alrite! Thanks so much.


  20. ebube December 24, 2016 / 8:16 am

    How do fry without the nuts breaking or separating


  21. Lillian January 12, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    would you by any chance know how to make the sweet nuts sold on the street in Lagos? They are coated with sugar but i don’t know what the other ingredients are if any or how they make them. Thank you
    Great post by the way:)


  22. CHARIS OSAZEE February 14, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Pls,can i re-use the already used garri?


    • Ounje April 2, 2017 / 11:08 am

      Highly unlikely, It would like have burned too much


  23. Oluniyi. February 17, 2017 / 4:28 am

    Thanks for this online training. I have been looking for the opportunity to know how to roast groundnut personally. Now I find it.

    I shall give it a try and report back to you.


  24. Roy March 5, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Nice to get educated but I want to be clear on something. When you say garri/salt/sand, do you mean a combination of all three or using just one as a choice? Thank you


  25. Gabbie May 17, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Thanks for the info. Off for a trial right away.


  26. Owobu Augustina May 30, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Pls After Soakin In Hot Salted Water For 30mins, Wil It B Sun Dry B4 Frying?


  27. Owobu Augustina May 30, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Please After Soaking In Hot Salted Water, Can It Be Sun Dried Before Frying With Sand?


    • Ounje May 31, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Just leave it to strain. You don’t have to sun dry


  28. Adegboyega Michael June 21, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Thanks for the lecture… Am on d practice now..
    Will give a feed back.


  29. Vineyard Labourer July 4, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    Thank you soo much you are just too good. please be blessed l will try that here in Zimbabwe .l will give you a feed back.


  30. Vineyard Labourer July 4, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Thank you for teaching us this delicacy snack . l will try it and tell you how it goes.


  31. Larry.E August 8, 2017 / 8:17 am

    i tried it and it was awesom with gari.tnk dear


    • Ounje August 15, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks for the kind feedback


  32. MOJISOLA August 10, 2017 / 10:24 am



    • Ounje August 15, 2017 / 2:56 pm

      If you find it cost effective, then you can.


  33. lizbeth August 27, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Thanks for the teaching


  34. Ebere August 31, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Wont d garri get burnt after using it d first time


  35. Oghene February 2, 2018 / 11:55 am

    Thank you,am just thinking of the cost effect of garri for commercial production, also how do I aavoid sand being found in my product, after processing it. God bless you.


  36. Zeme nosa November 26, 2018 / 11:45 am

    After soaking the groundnut in hot water, is it possible to strain the water and fry it that same day. thanks. wW


  37. Chukwuemeka February 19, 2019 / 11:23 pm

    I love your concept Dear, frying with garri, but for someone selling
    that would be more cost.

    Sand fry saves cost but sometimes gets inside the NUTS.

    Garri would be neater.

    For the part where you put SALT IN WARM WATER plus the peanuts

    what if you put SUGAR INSTEAD.

    Will it work?


    • Omolabake for #OunjeAladun February 19, 2019 / 10:27 pm

      Sugar will definitely give a different taste. You’d have sweetened and not salted peanuts. And there is a possibility that the sugar will caramelize and burn when “frying”


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