Caribbean Spiced Nuts take your favorite raw nuts to a powerhouse of flavor with coconut oil, liquid smoke and a homemade spice mix that is addicting.
This is THE recipe for food gift giving, snack nuts for a party and just for dressing up your raw almonds, cashews or walnuts. Caribbean Spiced Nuts infuses any favorite nuts with delicious coconut oil and a mixture of the perfect smoky flavors. Start with the spice mix of smoked paprika, ground thyme, oregano, onion and garlic powder just to get you started. Finish off with a dash of liquid smoke and then fresh squeezed lime juice.
The spice mix blend yields enough for several uses but we loved these so much that I used it all up within a few days. We experimented with almonds and cashews as you can see but we are sure Caribbean Spiced Nuts can be created with walnuts, macadamia nuts or even hazelnuts. Ready to eat in just a few minutes, but letting them sit overnight allows the coconut oil to harden nicely with the spices, especially if packaging them for gifts.
This recipe makes about 2 cups of nuts… Place them on your counter and don’t expect them to stick around for long.
Caribbean Spiced Nuts
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Spice Mix, recipe here also
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 cups plain unsalted nuts, such as cashews or almonds
- ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke
- Fresh squeezed lime juice from one lime
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or 1 teaspoon regular salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
- ¾ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground thyme
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- In a small bowl, mix 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¾ teaspoon white pepper, 1 teaspoon freshly black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground thyme, ½ teaspoon oregano together.
- In a large sauté pan, melt 2 Tablespoons coconut oil over medium heat.
- Add 2 cups nuts, ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke and 1 ½ Tablespoons spice mix.
- Saute' for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until nuts are toasted.
- Take off heat and sprinkle another dash of salt over the nuts.
- When nuts have cooled, squeeze fresh lime juice over the spiced nuts.
- Store remaining spice mix in airtight container to be used another time.
What is the 1 1/2 T of Spice Mix? Is it a packaged product or something you can make?
Hi Linda, The Spice Mix is right there in the ingredient list. Make the spice mix and then use 1 1/2 T for one batch of nuts and save the rest for another batch or something else. Thanks for asking though. I’ve added a little note next to the Spice Mix line indicating the recipe is here also, to alleviate future confusion.
Tonya D says
These look delish. good combination of spices. Thinking these would make a great pre-apppetizer for some Caribbean Food over at http://www.CaribbeanFood.com
Any substitute for liquid smoke?
Jazzmin, Smoked Paprika is a good substitute or you could just leave out the liquid smoke and they still are yummy. Thanks for coming by.
Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen says
These look amazing! I could go for a midnight snack right about now. The lime must really make all of the flavors pop. Pinned to try soon 🙂
Hi Sherri, The lime is the secret ingredient here, for sure. Hope you try them soon. Thank for visiting! 🙂