Spicy fried Cashew Nuts – Ken Hom’s Fast and Easy

These are very easy to make. Ken’s version has 300ml ground nut oil so the cashews are semi deep fried, we’ve always stir fried with just a small amount of oil. Experiment with different levels of spices to suit you. I’ve made some to take as pre dinner nibbles at a friends house tonight.


  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 200g raw cashews
  • 1 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp 5-spice powder


  1. Heat oil in a wok or a heavy base frying pan.
  2. Fry cashews in oil for about 2 minutes or until starting to turn brown. Keep them moving with a bamboo spatula.
  3. Put a sheet kitchen towel on a plate and tip cashews onto plate to soak up excess oil.
  4. Put cashews into a bowl, add salt and spices and make sure cashews get covered in it.

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