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Szechuan-Style Toasted Walnuts

Those spicy and delicious Szechuan-style toasted walnuts only take 10 minutes to make over the stovetop or in the oven.

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack, Gluten Free, Vegan
  • Method: Stovetop or Oven
  • Cuisine: Szechuan

Ingredients

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Instructions

To toast on the stove:

  1. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add numbing peppers and chili flakes in the skillet. Stir until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add walnuts, sprinkle with salt and sugar. Stir frequently to prevent walnuts from burning. Toast for 1-2 minutes or until the walnuts are golden brown. Transfer to a plate to let cool. Taste and add more salt if desired.

To toast in the oven:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss walnuts with oil and all spices together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Spread nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (for easy clean-up).
  4. Place in the oven and roast for 5-10 minutes until the nuts are golden brown. Stir or shake the pan during toasting in order to make them brown evenly.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool before enjoying.

Notes

  • If you don’t have homemade chili oil on hand, you may use a store-bought one or olive oil.
  • Want extra flavorful toasted walnuts? Feel free to double the dry spices. I did it, and the flavor wasn’t overwhelming. On the contrary, it’s actually to my liking.
  • To store the toasted walnuts, place them in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for up to 3 months.

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