Spicy Cashews to Spice Up Your Snack Game

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If you're a fan of nuts and love bold flavors, then healthy, easy-to-make roasted spicy cashews are a must-try snack.
Spicy Cashews
Spicy Cashews
Spicy Cashews Ready for Monopoly Night

If you’re a fan of nuts and love bold flavors, then healthy, easy-to-make roasted spicy cashews are a must-try snack.

Spicy Cashews are a great snack for Monopoly night, Movie night, an afterschool snack, or just grabbing and handful whilst doing chores.  Not only are cashews a tasty snack, but they also come with a multitude of health benefits.

First and foremost, cashews are an excellent source of protein, which is essential for building muscle and repairing tissue. In fact, just one ounce of cashews contains roughly five grams of protein. They also contain a good amount of fiber, which can help with digestion and keep you feeling full and satisfied.

What Kind of Cashews to Use

You can use whole cashews, cashew halves, or cashew pieces, whichever you have on hand.  Whole cashews tend to be more expensive and you can often find pieces for a song. If you use unsalted cashews and unsalted butter, you might want to add a little Kosher salt to the spice mixture.

Spices for Spicy Cashews

If you haven’t tried Pensey’s Outrage of Love, you are in for a treat.  It’s a delightful combination of salt, black pepper, red pepper, citric acid, shallots, lemon peel, white pepper, garlic, and green onion.  Because of the red pepper, it has heat, and because of the citric acid and lemon peel, it also has a citrus flavor.  

The other spice is also Penzey’s and it’s called Justice. Justice is a salt-free spice mix of shallots, garlic, onion, green peppercorns, chives, and green onion. You will find many recipes here with Justice as it’s one of my favorite spices.  I really think everything needs a little Justice.

In addition to the Justice Dressing, I use it in Savory Round BaklavaLasagna with Bechamel and SausageEasy French Onion SoupSkinny Breakfast Casserole, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a host of others!

Roasting the Cashews

The best way to make these spicy cashews is to use a half-sheet pan and line it with parchment paper.  You could line it with foil, but because there is sugar in the mixture, they could stick.  Using parchment paper means the cashews won’t stick so they will slide right into a serving bowl.

Storing Spicy Cashews

If you have enough left over, you can keep them in a covered container for about a week.  They should be refrigerated after that to keep them from turning rancid.  Simply leave them out to come to room temperature for serving.

Spicy Cashews

Spicy Cashews

If you’re a fan of nuts and love bold flavors, then healthy, easy-to-make roasted spicy cashews are a must-try snack.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 16
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2023-09-30
Allergen: Nuts
Calories per serving: 185kcal


  • 16 ounce Cashews
  • 2 tablespoon Butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Outrage
  • 1 tablespoon Justice
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Mise en place
    Spicy Cashews
  • For vegan, substitute your favorite butter substitute
  • 16 ounce Cashews, 2 tablespoon Butter, 2 tablespoon Sugar, 1 tablespoon Outrage, 1 tablespoon Justice
    Put the cashews in a large bowl. Pour the butter on them then add the remaining spices. Toss to fully coat the cashews.
    Spicy Cashews
  • Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. Put the cashews on the paper and separate them as much as possible.
    Spicy Cashews
  • Put them in a 350 °F oven for about 20 minutes or until they have started to brown.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let the cashews come to room temperature before placing in a serving bowl.
    Spicy Cashews
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 32gCalories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
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