Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Roast Cashews

by Jess on April 11, 2013

in Entertaining, Favorites, Gluten Free, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Roast Cashews

Since moving abroad, I’m not always up on the latest “thing”. At a week or so away from turning 32, I don’t expect myself to be all that in-the-know, but thanks to Pinterest and Facebook and blogging, occasionally I notice that I’ve completely missed something has become very popular. I think Gangnam Style had 500 million youtube views before I saw it. Months ago we had visitors from the US (hi Alyssa!) who schooled us on hashtagging and the meaning of YOLO. This week I only just became aware of the obsession with all things zombie.  (What is that about by the way?)

In the Bangkok of 2013, I can’t blame all of my cluelessness on living abroad. Many people here have smartphones, so I could certainly be on Instagram or Twitter or WhatsApp.  (I had to google the spelling on that last one.) Even though it is a choice not to use every social media platform, there’s no avoiding the sense that I’m occasionally missing out. The temptation to always be hitting the “share” button on some social media platform or another seems to have come with my decision to start a blog, but the truth is, that’s not the right thing for me. At least not for now.

Sriracha Cashews

On Saturday, Frank came back from a two-week work trip to Burma. We had the most gloriously quiet few days after his return. We met friends for dinner, watched movies, drank a shocking amount of hot tea on our couch, and spent a night after work lounging in the pool while it turned from dusk to dark. Apart from a skype call or two with our families and editing a scheduled blog post, for days, all of our communication was done in person.

Weeks like this one remind me how restorative it can be to step away from the computer and, in my case, away from the camera. Today is Frank’s birthday. My amazing husband needs no prompting to appreciate special moments, good conversation, artistic expression, or the value of slowing down. He seeks these things without effort and embraces them fully. It’s simply who he is.  As such, tonight we’ll have a celebratory dinner, without a single thing to distract us.  (Except, perhaps, if you count Frank’s requested birthday dinner of sliders and onion straws.)

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Roast Cashews

I’m unlikely to ever get on board with the zombie trend. The jury is still out on Twitter.

But Sriracha? Although this spicy chili sauce is far from new, its super trendy use in all sorts of foods is something I can get behind. Lately it’s all over Pinterest – on popcorn, in salad dressing, as a marinade for chicken, combined with chocolate, and drizzled over pizza. It makes for some really fantastic roasted sweet and spicy cashews as well.


Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Roast Cashews
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A simple recipe for roasted cashews, coated in a sweet and spicy glaze.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce (such as Huy Fong)
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, minced (see note)
  • 1 and ½ cups raw cashews
  • 1 Tablespoon white sesame seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a very small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, Sriracha sauce and ginger. Heat over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar melts, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the kaffir lime leaves.
  3. Pour the cashews into a mixing bowl. Drizzle the sugar mixture over the cashews and stir well to evenly coat them. Add the sesame seeds and stir again to combine.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the cashews out on the parchment paper and bake until crisp, 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely before transferring to a bowl to serve.
Kaffir lime leaves can often be found in the frozen section of Asian grocery stores. They can keep for months in the freezer, and are great in curries and salads. Slice or mince them very thin before using, as the leaves tend to be somewhat tough. If you can't track some down for this recipe, don't worry - it's great even without them!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10 cashews Calories: 174 Total Fat: 12g Saturated fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 14g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 6mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg


Love the hot stuff?  Here are some more creative ways to use it!

Sriracha Caramel Corn by Domestic Fits

Creamy Sriracha Pasta Bake by Bake Your Day

Slow-Cooker Honey Sriracha Barbecue Chicken by Foodie with Family

Roasted Garlic and Sriracha Hummus by Olives for Dinner

Sriracha Mayo – we use it a couple times a month for these well-loved Chicken Banh Mi Sandwiches with Sriracha Mayo!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cassie | Bake Your Day April 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I love these kinds of snacks! I made sriracha soy almonds last year and I literally crave them. I can’t wait to try these!
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2 Jess April 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

Me too, Cassie – sweet and spicy is totally my thing! Sriracha soy almonds – amazing!!!


3 Alyssa {Suitcases & Sweets} April 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

#greatpost #thanksforthelinklove #happybirthdaytofrizzy #missyouguys #amyandistilltalkinhashtags ;)
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4 Jess April 12, 2013 at 11:59 am



5 Claire @ Claire K Creations April 12, 2013 at 7:36 am

Happy Birthday Frank! Hope you enjoy your sliders. From memory, last year’s looked pretty good so I’d be looking forward to them.
I often need reminding to slow down. Funny that I just read a blog post from someone else about switching off and then read yours. Hmm… is that a sign?
Maybe I’ll make a batch of nuts and curl up with a book?
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6 Debra April 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Love this recipe. I am very unhip—-don’t FB or tweet and just started with Pinterest. I guess with the exception of my blog, I like a bit of real face time too (or anonymity)! (I just looked up YOLO, btw.). LOL
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7 Meghan April 14, 2013 at 3:23 am

I’m a big fan of “shutting off” every once in a while – it does wonders! I’m an even bigger fan of sriracha & these cashews look like a must-try treat! Lovely photos too!
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8 ashley - baker by nature April 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh my goodness… this is like the ultimate snack!


9 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 15, 2013 at 12:49 pm

The ingredient list itself makes me drool!

ps: Happy Birthday, Frank!!
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10 Ashley April 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

My husband would absolutely love this! He puts sriracha on a LOT of things … sometimes more like dumps it on top of things haha And happy birthday to your husband!!
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11 Cherie April 21, 2013 at 1:04 am

Made for hubby – he LOVED them. Then… I tried them… wow – addictive! I highly recommend finding the kaffir leaves – they definitely add that distinctive Thai flavor. I found them at a local international market.


12 Jess April 21, 2013 at 9:01 am

Cherie! Thanks so much for stopping in to let me know! I’m SO glad you tracked down the kaffir lime leaves – I agree that they really do give these that unmistakable Thai flavor.


13 val April 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

I could eat my weight in these.


14 Jess April 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

Oh Val…I believe I may have. ;)


15 Cookie and Kate April 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

Honestly, I don’t know how anyone keeps up with all the trends these days! I don’t watch tv and I can’t even keep up with twitter and google reader. Anyway, these cashews look killer. And now that I think about it, sriracha does seem like a trendy hot sauce lately. Love the stuff.
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16 dishesfrommykitchen May 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

I am in love with the flavors and spices u have added in this cashews… I cannot wait to make this soon. Looks absolutely mouthwatering with ur lovely pictures.


17 Jess May 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


18 Adrie January 31, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Been pining away to make these since I saw them a couple weeks ago on Pinterest. However, my sauce turned out more pasty so having trouble evenly spreading it over the cashews–or spreading at all. Argh. Did I overheat the sauce?? Advice on how to fix? Thanks- if I get this right, I know they’ll be deeeelish!


19 Jess February 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Oh no, Adrie – I’m so sorry to hear this! I think you’re right, that the problem probably had to do with the heating time for the sauce – either too short or too long. Just cook the sauce until the sugar is completely melted and the mixture is nice and smooth, but no longer. I do hope you’ll give it another try, Adrie – this is one of our favorites!


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