Spicy Roasted Cashews

By Jess

4.5 from 2 ratings

Cashews are my favorite nut. I get tired of almonds, I’m not a huge fan of peanuts (which are actually legumes and not nuts anyhow), and pistachios are sometimes just too much of a hassle with those little shells. But cashews….yum. Creamy and crunchy – I love these guys.


Spicy Roasted Cashews – the perfect high-protein snack on the go! Salty, sweet, smoky, tart, and savory! Yum!

If you’re looking for other crave-worthy cashew recipes, give this cashew cheese and this cashew fudge a try.

Generally I’m fine with them lightly salted and even sometimes just plain. But when I want to kick it up a notch, this is the recipe I use for my cashews: Spicy Roasted Cashews.

I especially like to have these on hand for parties or small gatherings at my home. I can make them quickly while I’m doing other projects and preparing for guests and the payout – how much my guests like them – far outweighs the small bit of work to go from plain cashews to fantastic cashews.

cashews and spices

The chili flakes bump up the heat level. If you like things really spicy, add more chili flakes. Not so much of a spice junky? Cut the chili flakes down a bit. If you don’t like spicy, you’ll also want to watch the level of sweet smoked paprika you use. Don’t let the word “sweet” in its title fool you – sweet smoked paprika will still add heat, just a more mellow heat than the chili flakes. But it also lends a smokiness to your finished product that you don’t want to lose so don’t skip the paprika completely!

before baking

You’ll also add sweetness to these nuts when you add the honey. Sweet and spicy – almost like a barbeque flavor! But then we add lime juice – a dash of vitamin C – for a tangy citrus brightness. And then, of course, any dressed nuts are incomplete without a pinch of salt.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s absolutely packed with flavor, but low on salt. This is because you have so many other great seasonings going on, so you don’t need nearly as much salt as you might normally want on salted nuts.

After getting the cashews nice and coated with the other ingredients, you pop them into the oven for a few minutes. This does a few things. First of all, it binds the different ingredients to the nuts so you don’t end up with a bowl of plain nuts with spices at the bottom of the dish. Of course, the honey helps everything stick together too! But roasting the nuts for a bit brings out heightened flavors in all the ingredients. The sugars in the honey caramelize a bit, the smoky flavor enhances and warms up, and the nuts themselves develop extra nutty flavor.

spicy roasted cashews

I love eating these nuts while they’re still slightly warm – not fresh out of the oven – you’ll burn your tongue! – but just a little above room temperature. However, they’re just as good cooled all the way. I divide the lot of them between three or four small decorative bowls around the apartment so when people are mingling, there is always a little snack nearby – and a snack that won’t ruin their appetites.

You and your guests will love how these nuts hit all the flavor points: salty, sweet, smoky, tart, and savory!


    • 2 cups cashews
    • ½ tsp chili flakes
    • 1 ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
    • 2 tsp honey
    • 1 tbsp lime juice
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F°.
  2. Place the cashews, smoked paprika, chili, lime juice, olive oil, honey and salt in a bowl and toss to combine. Spread the cashews on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake, turning halfway, for 20 minutes or until golden.
  3. Let the nuts cool completely before serving. You can keep the nuts in an airtight container for up to one week.


Serving Size





Total Time

25 minutes

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

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Bonus Recipe: Spicy Rosemary Roasted Cashews

Make regular nuts more interesting with rosemary and paprika seasoning. In this recipe raw cashews are browned in the oven and tossed with olive oil and spices for a delicious savory snack. Use raw, unsalted cashews for the base. They can usually be found in the bulk foods section.

Spic Roasted Cashew Recipe


1 lb. raw cashews
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
Pinch of chili powder


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spread the cashews out in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes until slightly browned.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Add all of the seasonings to the pan. When the cashews are finished baking, transfer them to the saucepan and turn off the heat. Stir well to coat the cashews. Transfer to a bowl and serve warm.


Ask a Question 

  1. These are great. For my Vegan friends substitute maple syrup or agave. I found that 20 minutes was too long in my oven. I turned after 5 and roasted for another 5. Every oven is different so just keep an eye on these as they go from perfect to burnt quickly. Even burnt a little we loved them!

  2. All I’d add to this recipe is WATCH YOUR NUTS CLOSELY. I roasted mine at 350 and when I turned them at the 10 min mark, they were burnt beyond recognition. Black. I know my oven isn’t off because I use it all the time and that’s never happened in other recipes. I guess every oven is different. Watch carefully!!! 😭

  3. Good flavour, but half the pan was burnt at 10 minutes so I’d suggest a shorter baking time.

    Rating: 4

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