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Uses of peanuts in the kitchen

Pedro Abad

For many, peanuts are just a snack, but for others who are more knowledgeable, it is an ingredient that provides the kitchen with a multitude of varieties and finishing touches to the most famous and even the most conventional dishes.

The peanut is the seed that is eaten from the “Arachis Hypogaea” plant, a plant that is a legume of the Fabaceae family native to the South American tropics. Its name comes from the Nahuatl “tlacáhuatl”, composed of the words tlalli, earth, and cacahuatl, cacao, which means: cacao from the earth.

Its uses in the kitchen are several and for this reason we want to delve into some of them and tell you about the most important ones so that you know how to integrate them into your recipes or even innovate in some with their delicious flavor and contribution.

Peanut Butter

It is made with pure peeled peanuts and a little salt, it is very simple to prepare, that is why it is often referred to as a homemade recipe. You just have to put it in the blender or mixer for several minutes until it reaches the desired consistency. This butter is widely used as a children's lunch made with bread for sandwiches, sweets, nougat, cookies with bananas, ice cream, smoothies or even as cheesecake.

Peanut oil

As its name indicates, this oil is used to fry food. Its main characteristic is that it does not impregnate the food with its flavor and that it withstands the highest temperatures for fast frying. It is widely used in oriental cooking (wok) in raw foods as well as for frying and sautéing. Some dishes in which it can be used are: Belgian potatoes, salads, vinaigrettes and sauces.


We come to the sweetest use of this ingredient, where we cannot fail to mention that it is used to make the most delicious dessert: marzipan. And the list is long, you can use it to prepare peanut nougat, crowbars, homemade flan, mousse, milkshakes, shortbread, bread, cheesecake, tarts, cakes and more.


Now we go with the spicy touch, there is a wide variety of sauces that are made with peanuts, let's start with the macha sauce with peanuts and blueberries, a mixture of dried chilies, morita, sesame seeds and more. Yummy!

Another one that we can't miss is the sauce with tree chili and peanuts, unlike the previous one, this one is made with those two more ingredients, tomato and onion. This option is ideal if you are looking for a sauce with a creamy consistency to accompany your dishes.

Lastly, we have a mixture with dry chili, where the flavor of almonds, chili, peanuts, olive oil and onion is also mixed, it also has a creamy and very spicy consistency. All of these sauces take no more than 15 minutes to make, so if you want to make them and surprise someone, it's worth it!

Peanut flour

Since the nutrients are more concentrated in peanut flour, it is used to make nutritional bars, pastries, cereals, creams, soups and desserts.

One of its biggest plus points is that, since it's gluten-free, it's ideal for people who are allergic to it. Depending on how roasted the peanut is, the color of the flour, there are some lighter and others darker, which also give it a stronger flavor.

What do you think of this list of uses for peanuts in the kitchen? Wow, there are many! Very soon we will have more uses in the kitchen of the best ingredients from Don Zabor products, so take a look around our website and discover our variety .