Easy Spicy Nuts / Seeds

Recipe by JeffCourse: SnacksDifficulty: Easy


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Another quick and easy recipe. This time for spicy nuts. I’ve seen all kinds of recipes that bake nuts, but I think doing them in a skillet on the stovetop is much easier and way quicker.

Your choice of nuts or seeds or a mix. Peanuts, Almonds, Cashews, and Pumpkin Seeds all work great.


  • 2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts (or nuts of your choice — pumpkin seeds also work great)

  • 1/2 cup your choice mixed chile powders (or other dried spices — stay away from leaf type spices though)

  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic

  • 1 Tsp kosher salt (only if nuts / seeds are unsalted)

  • 1+ Tsp olive oil


  • Over medium-low heat, add peanuts to a dry skillet
  • When the peanuts have reached 150 degrees (using a IR thermometer) or you can just start to smell them, add oil and stir to coat. Add more than 1tsp if needed. Each nut should be glistening with oil.

    Careful to not let the nuts burn. If you see dark spots appear on the nuts, remove the pan from the heat, reduce the heat, and let it cool a bit while still constantly stirring before continuing.
  • Add the other ingredients and stir, stir, stir.
  • As soon as you start to smell the spices (at least 1 minute and 2 minutes max), remove from the heat.
  • Line a bowl big enough to hold the peanuts with 3-4 paper towels. Pour the nuts into the paper towel and fold over corners to cover. Let sit in the bowl/paper towels for a couple hours, until cool.
  • Once cool, add nuts and any remaining spices to a 1 pint mason jar, seal, and wait. 2+ weeks and the nuts will take on more and more flavor and turn darker red.


  • These nuts will hit their peak flavor at about 1 month past cooking. Sealed in a jar they will last 3+ months.
  • Be careful with the salt, do not add salt if the nuts are already salted. It’s easy to add salt later, but can’t take it out.
  • If these are not spicy enough, feel free to add a couple shakes of something spicier and seal and shake the jar.
  • Add or remove spices to preference. Try garam masala, curry, taco seasoning, etc. Just about anything works. Just need to be careful with anything that contains leafy spices like oregano as those burn quickly.