Roasted cashews are a great snack-time option. They are healthy and delicious at the same time. Learn how to roast cashews; they take just a few minutes to make and come out great every time. Beware, you’re gonna ask for more over and over!
Make Your Own Honey-glazed Cashews
Mix a tablespoon of honey, vanilla, and melted butter with the raw cashews, and add a teeny bit of salt to it. Roast them in an oven at 325°F for about twelve minutes (stirring every few minutes). Remove them from the heat and dust them with some powdered sugar and a little cinnamon.
It’s still an hour to go for meal time but your stomach has a mind of its own. It is desperately craving for something tasty. Before giving into the urge of nibbling crunchy-salty somethings with a packet of chips, try some roasted cashews instead.
Rich in omega-3-fatty acids, cashews promote heart-health and are antioxidants. They contain 31% of the daily recommended value for copper, 23% for manganese and 17% for phosphorus and a substantial amount of vitamin K. Thus, they help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. They help in relieving symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and ADHD. Loaded with ample amounts of proteins and dietary fibers, cashews provide wholesome goodness.
Although cashews are grown only in the tropical regions, umpteen varieties of roasted cashews can be found in almost any supermarket. The only problem with these packaged nuts is that you cannot control the amount of seasoning that is added to them. Some varieties of cashews may be packaged in oil, which might not be very good for your waistline.
So, why not make some roasted cashews at home? These stay good for days and can satisfy all your untimely hunger pangs! Here are some ways to make them at home.
How to Roast Cashews
We suggest you get peeled raw cashews. If, however, you are unable to find peeled ones, get them raw and peel them before roasting (best of luck with that!).
#1. In the Oven With Oil
✦ Preheat the oven to 325°F.
✦ Drizzle the cashews with some vegetable oil (about half a tablespoon of oil for every ¾ cup of cashews).
✦ Add the seasoning to it and mix well so that the cashews are properly coated with it.
✦ Place the nuts in a single layer on the baking tray. Place them in the middle rack of the oven and let them roast for five minutes.
✦ Remove the tray from the oven and stir them once again. Return the tray to the oven and let them roast for about another ten minutes.
✦ If they look a bit pale, you can roast them in the oven for an additional ten minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them (you don’t want to burn them). Ideally, it’s fine if the cashews are a tad underdone, as they keep cooking even after they are removed from the heat.
✦ Let them cool for a few minutes (say, ten or so) before you store them in a container (you definitely do not want soggy cashews).
#2. In the Oven Without Oil
✦ Once again, preheat the oven to 325°F.
✦ Place the cashews in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking parchment or silicon baking sheet.
✦ Place the tray in the middle rack of the oven and let them roast for twelve to fifteen minutes; stir after six minutes or so.
✦ In the meantime, make a salt solution by boiling about three tablespoons of salt in a cup of water.
✦ Once the nuts are almost done, remove them from the oven and spray a bit of the salt solution on them.
✦ Roast them for a few minutes more to evaporate the water sprayed.
✦ Remove them from the heat and let the nuts cool for a few minutes before storing them.
#3. On the Stove
✦ Add a little oil (half a tablespoon for every ¾ cup of cashew) to a skillet pan (or any heavy bottom pan) and swirl it around so that it coats the entire surface of the pan.
✦ Add the cashews to the pan and cook them on medium to medium-high heat.
✦ Keep stirring the cashews constantly to prevent them from burning.
✦ Give it about three to four minutes on the heat.
✦ Once the cashews have turned golden brown, remove them from the heat and let them cool for a few minutes before storing them in an airtight container.
#4. In the Microwave
✦ Toss some salt and a little bit of vegetable oil on the cashews and spread them in a single layer on a microwavable tray.
✦ Nuke them for two minutes on high; remove them and stir them a little.
✦ Place the tray in the microwave and nuke them on high once again.
✦ Depending on the power of your microwave and how dark you want them, the whole cooking process takes about seven to ten minutes.
✦ Let them cool for a few minutes before you store them.
Roasted cashews literally take just a few minutes to make. You can add some spices (turmeric, chili powder, and cumin) along with salt to it to make them even more exciting.