December 10, 2013

Tamari Roasted Nuts—easy holiday snacks.

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So addicting, tamari roasted nuts. They’re in the abundant see-through bins in the stores, dispensaries of granola, myriad beans, grains and flours, not to mention the treats that truly try to tempt me–chocolate dipped mango and honey toasted pecans. I’ve snuck a few samples here and there, I know, seasoned, sugared and salted nuts are better homemade—the nuts taste fresher and the ingredient list is short.


Tamari is my kitchen’s soy sauce. It’s slightly thicker, with richer, less salty flavor, all around smoother on the tongue. Tamari has umami, and is available wheat-free.

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Enliven any nut or seed with tamari following the same method—toast them ‘til they’re golden, then sizzle-stir tamari into the hot pan. That’s it, they’re done.


Note: Larger nuts, like cashews, roast more evenly in the oven, though you can also cook them stovetop, slowly, at lower heat.

Tamari Roasted Nuts and Curry-Spiced Roasted Cashews

Tamari Roasted Nuts and Curry-Spiced Roasted Cashews


  • Tamari Roasted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
  • Tamari Roasted Cashews, Curry-Spiced
  • 1 cup whole raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon oil, safflower, sunflower, canola or olive oil, your choice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce


  1. Tamari Roasted Sunflower Seeds
  2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stir the sunflower seeds until the seeds are light golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and continue stirring as you dump in the tamari. Almost instantly the tamari evaporates into the hot seeds.
  3. Tamari Roasted Cashews, Curry-Spiced
  4. Heat the oven to 350° F. Toss the cashews with the oil, to give the curry powder something to stick to. Add the curry and toss again. Put them in a heavy ovenproof skillet.
  5. In a small cup, mix the maple syrup into the tamari. Set aside.
  6. Roast the cashews in the oven, stirring occasionally, until they are evenly light golden.
  7. Immediately, right as they come from the oven, stir and sizzle the tamari maple mixture into the nuts.
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  • Sounds like a snack I need to try. Reply · 10 December, 2013

    • letty

      Thanks Barbara,
      I will make some for you. And the truffles–you will love them!
      Letty Reply · 11 December, 2013

  • Teri Thomas

    So glad to see you using gluten-free tamari. For those of us who are gluten sensitive, every place we can eliminate it helps Reply · 12 December, 2013

    • Letty

      Thanks for the comment. I do post many gf recipes. Reply · 13 December, 2013

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