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Salt and Pepper Cashews

Crispy roasted cashews coated with salt and coarsely ground black pepper!!! Perfect for snack anytime, homemade gift during holiday season or game day munchie, these salt and pepper cashews are highly addictive.

a white bowl with roasted CASHEWS with salt and pepper

Say hello to your new favorite snack.

These salt and pepper cashews are crispy, crunchy and generously covered with freshly ground coarse black pepper and salt. Honestly, really really addicting (almost as addictive as this 5 – Minute Candied Walnuts)

Buttery cashews are loaded with rich nutrients like protein, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron and so much more (refer more information here).

Why is this salt and pepper cashews addictive?

  • Snack anytime
  • Homemade holiday gift
  • Game day munchy
  • Party favor
  • Salty & Spicy
  • Crispy & Crunchy
  • School/work snack box

No Cook, 4-Ingredient, Raw Almond Bites<—- Another easy, guilt free treat!

a cast iron skillet with raw cashews, a small bowl with salt, a small white bowl with whole peppercorns and a small wooden bowl with oil

Main ingredients for this spiced cashews:

  1. Cashews – Raw whole cashews. Use whole cashews since it is best if all the cashews are the same size. If you use different sized cashew pieces, smaller ones will be over baked by the time the bigger guys are done.
  2. Pepper powder – Use freshly ground pepper. Grind whole black peppercorns in a motor and pestle or dry spice grinder. Do not grind until very fine. Very coarse will not adhere to the cashews well.
  3. Salt – I used plain salt. Sea salt will be great!
  4. Oil – I opted for neutral vegetable oil. Peanut oil will be a fabulous option as well.

Love cashews? You might love this Instant Pot Cashew Chicken  or Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms

cast iron skillet with raw cashews
oven roasted cashews in a cast iron skillet and a stainless steel spoon to serve

How to make salt and pepper cashews?

Toss whole raw cashews with vegetable oil, until thoroughly coated and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until golden (refer picture above). Cool completely.

In the mean time, grind whole peppercorns in a motor and pestle or dry spice grinder, until coarsely ground. Toss roasted cashews with salt and freshly ground black pepper powder, until thoroughly coated.

Easy and delicious!

SALT AND PEPPER CASHEWS in a cast iron skillet with handle wrapped in a kitchen linen
roasted salted cashews in a cast irion skillet

Expert tips:

Whole cashews – We want same size cashews so that they can be toasted evenly. Broken pieces will end up being toasted unevenly.

Color. Color. Color – Watch out during last 5 minutes so that the cashews do not get dark colored. Golden for the win!

Ground black pepper – Use freshly ground black pepper. Grind about 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns in a mortar and pestle or dry spice grinder and then measure for the recipe.

Very coarsely ground – Will not adhere much to the cashews

Fine powder – Won’t taste fabulous

A touch coarser than fine powder – PERFECT! Sticks better. Looks appetizing. Great texture.

Storage Instructions:

Store spicy cashews in an airtight container at room temperature.

Frequently asked questions:

How to make roasted cashews in a skillet?

In a medium (9-inch) skillet, roast the cashew nuts in vegetable oil over low to medium heat, stirring continuously, until golden brown (seven to eight minutes).
Transfer the cashews to a bowl and let them cool until they are warm. Stir in ground black pepper and salt, until coated thoroughly. Let cool completely.

Can I use less oil?

The quantity of oil used might sound more than needed, but this recipe needs that oil for all the spices to adhere well.

spicy roasted cashews in a glass jar

More savory snacks:

Spicy Ginger Garlic Pita Chips

Air Fryer Chickpeas

Parmesan Bread Bites

Soft Garlic Knots

Parmesan Cheese Crackers

or more snack recipes

SALT AND PEPPER CASHEWS
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3.75 from 16 votes

Salt and Pepper Cashews

Crispy roasted cashews coated with salt and coarsely ground black pepper!!! Perfect as a snack anytime, homemade gift during holiday season and school snack box. These salt and pepper cashews are highly addictive. 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups raw whole cashews
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper powder, refer notes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Place cashews and vegetable oil on a baking sheet or any oven safe skillet, give a good toss, until oil is thoroughly coated (It might feel like there is more than enough oil, but we need that at the end to help salt and pepper to adhere well). Bake for 18-25 minutes, until golden. 
    Place pan on a wire rack to cool until warm. 
  • Add coarsely ground black pepper powder and salt, stir well until coated very well. 
    Let cool completely. 
  • Store spicy cashews in a covered container at room temperature for several days. 

Notes

Use coarsely ground black pepper – Grind about 2 tablespoons whole black pepper in a motor or pestle until ground coarsely.
– You could use a spice grinder if you don’t have a mortar and pestle.
– DO NOT make into a fine powder. You want some texture, which adds a lovely crunch to the salt and pepper cashews. 
– If the pepper is not ground well then it might not adhere well onto the cashews. 
To make salt and pepper cashews in a skillet:
In a medium (9-inch) skillet, roast the cashew nuts in vegetable oil over low to medium heat, stirring continuously, until golden brown (seven to eight minutes). Transfer the cashews to a bowl and let them cool until they are warm. Stir in ground black pepper and salt, until coated thoroughly. Let cool completely. 

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PREM PRAKASH

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Inspite of roasting the cashews for 20 minutes in a small quantities of olive oil and finally then mixing it with salt and pepper they didn't become crispy, why? Please inform

Maria Doss

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

Hi Prem, Did you check the expiry date on the cashews? It will never take that long to crisp up. Even harder nuts like almonds will crisp up in a shorter time. Here are a few reasons for cashews not crispy after being toasted - 1. Nuts did not cool down completely - Nuts have a tendency to crisp as it cools, so even they are softer when hot, give them sufficient time to cool down completely at room temperature. 2. Nuts were toasted in a shorter time - If the nuts brown quickly, then the pan is hot and that does not allow the nuts to be completely toasted.

However, 20 minutes is way to long. I would check if they are still fresh. Hope it helps, Maria

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