Thai Tom Yum roasted mixed nuts are the most addictive snack you’ll come across! Use any of your favorite nuts mixed in with Tom Yum paste and roast, and you have the tastiest and most healthy snacks!
I’m on a Tom Yum kick this winter and developing new recipes left and right using Tom Yum paste. For this recipe, you can use store-bought Tom Yum paste.
For an even fresh flavor, try this homemade Tom Yum paste. Then use the paste in these delicious and easy recipes:
- Creamy Authentic Tom Yum shrimp using jumbo shrimp
- Tom Yum meatballs
- Tom Yum fried rice with turkey or rotisserie meat.
- Tom Yum shrimp instant pot
- Easy Tom Yum chicken, a popular Thai soup
What is Thai Tom Yum Mixed nuts?
Well, there’s not a specific Thai dish with this name, but this is something I’ve created as my recipe. A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Cancer, and I was looking for Thai food and meal to share with her, but I want something healthy and healing.
These toasted Tom Yum mixed nuts are salty, tangy, savory, and lightly spicy. The herbaceous flavors of chopped-up lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves leave each bite with flavor explosions in your mouth. It’s hard not to reach for more and more as if you can’t control yourself. In a good way! (;
Why this recipe works
- The Flavors! I can’t stress the addictive Thai-style bold flavors in this recipe enough.
- It’s healthy! Nuts are healthy with all the good fat and Vitamin E, which are great for brain health, vision, and skin. Combined with herbaceous herbs like kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal, shallot, and garlic, it is a superfood!
- You can pick and choose your nuts for this recipe. Pick nuts that work for you and your family if you have food allergies or preferences!
- It’s easy! Just a few steps, and you let the oven do the work!
- They keep for a long time! I keep mine in airtight mason jars, and they last for up to 4-6 weeks.
- They are the perfect snack for your purse on road trips or busy days.
Ingredients for Tom Yum mixed nuts
- Mixed nuts of choice. Cashews, almonds, peanuts, pecan, walnuts, and macadamia nuts are all great options. Mix and match or use only your favorite. It’s flexible.
- Tom Yum paste. Make your own paste or use store-bought paste. I tested on both, and the store-bought paste is a bit more sour and salty, so go easy on the salt and lime juice before roasting.
- Kaffir lime leaves. These leaves add a bold, zesty lime-rind-like fragrant to the mixed nuts. Find them fresh or frozen at your local Asian market.
- Lemongrass. Adds a citrusy fragrance and texture to toasted mixed nuts. Find them fresh or frozen at your local Asian market.
- Galangal in Thai Cooking. Galangal adds fresh and unique citrus-like flavors to the nuts. Find them fresh or frozen at your local Asian market.
- Cilantro stems. Adds a fresh and fragrant flavor to the roasted nuts.
- Salt. Use any salt available to you. Fish or soy sauce is not recommended, as the liquid softens the nuts too much.
- Lime juice. Lemon, apple cider, or rice vinegar work great too.
- Sugar. Adds a balance to the sour, salty, and spicy flavors of Tom Yum. White, monk fruit, palm, or brown sugar will work. Honey, agave, or maple syrup will work too.
- Oil. Adds a nice coat to the nuts to help prevent the nuts from burning too quickly. Use avocado, grapeseed, coconut, or palm oil. Olive oil is not recommended as the flavors don't blend well with the strong Thai flavors.
How to make Tom Yum Toasted Nuts
Step 1. Turn the oven to 350 and let it preheat while preparing the rest of the ingredients for roasting.
Step 2. Chop all the aromatics into fine pieces. Galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, and shallot, and add all the ingredients to a large bowl.
Step 3. Mix all the ingredients well in the bowl using a spatula or a wooden spoon.
Step 4. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Don't overcrowd the pan. Spread the nuts thinly in a single layer where the nuts are not piled on each other. Use two sheets if necessary.
Step 5. Bake the mixed nuts for 15-20 minutes. Check at 10 minutes and rotate the pans for even baking.
Step 6. Once done, remove from the pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, mix well, and let it cool to room temperature. Serve warm or cooled with your favorite snacks or cocktails. Enjoy!
Garnishing options. Add julienned kaffir lime leaves, chopped cilantro, or green onions. Add chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or thinly chopped Thai chilies for more spicy nuts. Enjoy!
Helpful kitchen notes
- Use whole, unsalted nuts for this recipe.
- If using roasted nuts, decrease the roasting time in the oven to 5-6 minutes. If using raw nuts, add 5-8 minutes of roasting time.
- Don't overcrowd the pan. Spread the nuts thinly in a single layer where the nuts are not piled on each other. Use two sheets if necessary.
- Be careful not to over-roast the nuts. Once that happens, the nuts will turn bitter with an unpleasant taste. And you will most likely have to throw out the entire batch. Set your timer as a reminder to help with the roasting time.
- Each oven is different, be conservative with your roasting time to prevent burning. If necessary, add a few more minutes until the nuts are light golden brown.
- Add more Tom Yum paste if you love Tom Yum soup's strong, bold flavors. Adjust the salt and lime juice as necessary.
- Roasted nuts on the stovetop. You can roast these Thai Tom Yum mixed nuts on the stovetop. Roast them in a large skillet over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
- Roasted nuts in the air fryer. Thai Tom Yum mixed nuts can be roasted in an air fryer. Spray the nuts with cooking spray oil and roast the nuts at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Making it spicy! For added spice, add more dry chili flakes.
- Store any leftover nut mix in an airtight container and keep it in the dry pantry for up to 4 weeks.
- Store the toasted nuts in the freezer for an even longer time, for up to 4 months. Place the cooled toasted mixed nuts in a glass container, place in the freezer, and use as needed!
More Thai recipes you may enjoy
- Thai green curry
- Thai coconut ice cream
- Mango salad with roasted cashew nuts
- Laab ground pork
- Thai rice noodles
There are a few healing herbs that are good for sickness. The three main herbs used in Tom Yum are galangal, lemongrass, galangal, and cilantro roots.
Galangal protects against inflammations and infections.
Lemongrass has high anti-oxidant properties and relieves pain, fever, and swelling.
Kaffir lime leaves lower inflammations, improves digestion, and boosts hair and skin health.
Cilantro roots have high concentrations of antioxidants and anti-inflammation and help with heart health and hair and skin growth.
Nuts are some of the world's healthiest foods. They are full of rich minerals and vitamins that are good for our bodies. Nuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids, aiding in heart health, weight loss, and lower blood pressure. Read more fully here about the benefits of nuts.
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