Christmas snacks: spicy tamari nuts

December 20 2013
by emma

tamari nuts

I’ve discovered tamari recently, a type of soy sauce, which is said to be quite nutritious.  It’s slightly darker and thicker than the sauce you might use in your fried rice or whatever and it tastes much more flavourful and rich.  I plan on using it instead of my usual soy sauce although, because they are quite different in taste, I’ll probably keep both around.  According to this source, when looking for it (I found mine in the organic/health food section of my supermarket), make sure you purchase a good quality tamari without additives or chemicals.

I thought it would be a great ingredient for spicy mixed nuts and found the dark, intensely savoury flavour was perfect; it gave these spicy, tasty snacks a decadent and salty kick.  I really recommend these if, like me, you like picking at munchy things throughout the day or like to have a snack on hand for Friday night cocktails and of course, your Christmas guests will love them as they’re delicious but not nearly as guilt inducing as chips and things.  Oh and also!  You could make some up for gifts if you think someone you love might appreciate them.

tamari nuts

Recipe for tamari spicy nuts:

50g each raw almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts and pecan nuts (200g nuts overall)
50mls reduced sodium tamari soy sauce
1 shake Worcestershire sauce
1 tspn brown sugar
Pinch chilli flakes, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 130C.  Place baking paper on a large baking tray, place nuts on and set aside.

Add next 5 ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.  Pour mixture over the nuts and toss through, then spread them out evenly.

Roast for around 25 minutes, or until fragrant, stirring once.  Remove from oven, stir again then cool on tray.  Serve warm or at room temperature and if any left over, transfer completely cooled nuts to an airtight container lined with baking paper to store.

Serves: 4

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  1. I <3 tamari. Unlike normal soy sauce, proper tamari does not contain wheat, so it's ok for glutards like me.

    Unfortunately I can only find it in sachets at one health food shop in Lima, which makes actually cooking with it pretty impractical over here.

  2. Hi Emma, I’ve just made your cherry vanilla sauce (found through Google) for Christmas day and I thought I might have a noodle around your site, and here we are, both in Australia! (I like blogs from all over, but sometimes the “seasonalness” of the blogs get to me – all the talk of hot chocolate in November etc). And here are your Tamari Nuts! Did you ever have Macro health food stores in Qld? They sold Tamari Almonds – delicious. So my ever pratical Mum searched the internet to find out how to make them rather than pay inflated health food store prices, and came up with a good substitute – but not as multi-layered as your recipe. Long story short, Mum died a year ago today, and so it’s lovely on the anniversary of that to find something that reminds me of a part of her. Thank you for posting this. I think I have all the ingredients I need and I might just go and try these.

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