Chili Lime Cashews

We switched things up this past weekend and were guests at our friends’ lovely lake cabin instead of hosts at our own. My list for food prep was a lot shorter in that role, as I was only to bring a summer cocktail and some snacks. I went the easy route with some tortilla chips and a couple of good salsas, but also wanted to bring something fun to pair with the relatively sweet cocktail I had planned. These chili lime cashews were easy to whip up, and a perfect accompaniment for a drink before dinner. If you are uncertain of the spice sensitivity of the group, this is a great option as the spice is mild, especially when mixed with the sweetness of the brown sugar.


Chili Lime Cashews
(Source: Martha Stewart)


2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
2 tablespoons dark-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes (bump up this measurement if you would like more kick)
1 large egg white
3 cups raw unsalted cashews


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, using the back of a wooden spoon, grind salt with lime zest. Add dark-brown sugar, red-pepper flakes, and the egg white. Whisk together until frothy. Add cashews and toss to coat.

Spread cashews in a single layer onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden, 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

Store in an air tight container. The Mason jar is a cute look, especially if bringing to a party or giving as a gift.

2 Comments on Chili Lime Cashews

  1. Elle
    August 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm (6 years ago)

    These look amazing! I am going to make these for a weekend party we are going to!

    • Kerry
      August 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm (6 years ago)

      Great! They are quite easy and quick, too (which isn’t always the case with spiced nuts)!


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