Sweet and sticky and chilli-coated nuts recipe

By delicious. team

  1. Serves 8 generously, with leftovers
  2. Ready in 30 minutes
  3. Rating

These delicious nibbles are perfect for serving with drinks over the Christmas period.

tried and tested
Sweet and sticky and chilli-coated nuts


  1. For the chilli nuts
  2. 1 medium free-range egg white
  3. 200g mixed nuts, such as blanched almonds, cashews and walnuts
  4. 1 tbsp cornflour
  5. 1 tbsp mild or medium chilli powder
  6. ½ tsp salt

  7. For the sweet and sticky nuts
  8. 200g mixed nuts, such as pistachios, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts
  9. Knob of unsalted butter
  10. 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  11. Generous pinch of cinnamon
  12. ½ tsp each ground cumin and hot smoked paprika
  13. 1 tbsp clear honey
  14. Maldon sea salt for sprinkling


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3. For the chilli nuts, whisk the egg white in a bowl with 1 tbsp water until foamy. Add the nuts, then stir until coated. Tip into a sieve and drain well.
  2. 2. In another bowl, mix the cornflour with the chilli powder and salt. Add the nuts, then toss until well coated.
  3. 3. Put the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, then cook for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through, until toasted. Set aside to cool.
  4. 4. For the sweet and sticky nuts, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Tip in the nuts and toast for 3 minutes, then stir through the butter, sugar, spices and honey, tossing to coat.
  5. 5. Stirring occasionally, let the sugar melt and start to caramelise for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Put the nuts on a sheet of baking paper and leave to cool slightly. Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.
  6. 6. Serve the nuts warm or cold in bowls.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 213kcals, 17.2g fat (3g saturated), 8.2g protein, 6.7g carbs (3.9g sugars), 0.4g salt, trace fibre

Chef's tip

Store the finished, cooled nuts in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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