Spiced Nuts

By Marcus Samuelsson |

When you have house guests coming in and out of your house, it’s a good thing to have a bowl of nuts on hand for people to nibble on. The combination of cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, and brown sugar makes these particularly addictive.


Prep Details

Servings: 1

Cooking time: 10 mins

Total time: 10 mins


2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup unsalted raw cashews

½ cup peeled and blanched whole almonds

½ cup walnut halves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp cayenne

1 tbsp light brown sugar


Photo by Paul Brissman


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add the cashews, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring often, until the nuts are fragrant and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Crumble the sugar over the nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and coats the nuts, about 3 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and serve warm, or cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.