Spicy Tamari-Glazed Walnuts

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These walnuts are a perfect example of a snack that is super quick and easy to make … and … costs half the price of what you would pay in the grocery store (even Trader Joe’s, my friends). And they are super versatile. Don’t like spicy food? Use cinnamon or thyme or curry powder. Think 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne is for sissies? Add more, or include some crushed up dried chilis. Not into sugar? Use agave or maple syrup. Don’t like walnuts? Use cashews or pecans or peanuts or pistachios or pepitas . . . 🙂

Spicy Tamari-Glazed Walnuts (Printable Recipe)


2 cups raw walnuts (or preferred nut)

1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 1/2 tablespoon earth balance

1 tablespoon Tamari (or soy sauce)

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste really)

a few grinds of black pepper


*Heat frying pan on medium. Add nuts. Toast 5-7 minutes, shaking the pan to prevent burning and to toast lightly.

*Just when you smell the nuts, turn the heat to low. Add brown sugar, earth balance, Tamari, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir to combine. Turn off heat.

I ate these warm as a snack, which was just wonderful.  Then for dinner, I topped a mashed Japanese sweet potato (which was white and reminded a lot of yucca) with them, which rocked my world as well. Tomorrow, I’m going to crush them up a bit and serve them with roasted asparagus. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. That looks really tasty!

  2. This sounds awesome..I love how you made them!

  3. Sounds um good. I think I’ll try it without the sugar.

  4. This type of candy, like tamari candy or glazed with tamari is avialable in thailand, but i never seen before in this type of walnuts glazed with tamari. It’s super………. great thanks for sharing. it’s good snacks right.

  5. This sounds good… I like walnuts, but I have never tried them like that 🙂

  6. These look wonderful, Tiff! I have yet to make spiced nuts, but gosh darnnit, I love them so! :-p These have such unique flavors in them, I love it! What a perfect snacky to have around the house for when guests come over!

  7. Wow these walnuts look delicious! I love glazed nuts and with the tamarind, these sound so tasty!

  8. Walnuts are a particular favourite of mine, and these look so delicious!

  9. These sound wonderful! Sweet and spicy!

  10. Wow, these sound fabulous! I wouldn’t change a thing 🙂

  11. amazing!!! I love spiced nuts and I love how you put a glaze on these…I have to try these sometime 🙂 Thanks for the recipe

  12. Your glazed walnuts look superb! We made these at Christmas with Maple syrup, a little red pepper, cinnamon, and a few other spices. They were a hit and they are versatile. Now I have to make them every year.

  13. I am stuck for words – all I can think is Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! How delicious!

  14. I can’t make these, because my mum will finish them all in one sitting. LOL

  15. Spicy and sweet… these are both flavors that i enjoy so i am positive i would love these to snack on 😀

  16. great tid bit. never knew abt this side of walnuts! thanks for sharing!

  17. Those sound so delicious. Thank you for giving so many variations along with your recipe.

  18. What an awesome snack! I love the combination of spicy, salty and sweet flavors here!

  19. I love to snack on walnuts and pecans. Some good Omega 3’s in there. I have never heard of Tamari so I’m glad you also said soy sauce…lol. I love the way these look and sound!

  20. Fantastic recipe Tiffany! Walnuts remind of my childhood as I used to eat plenty in winter… they are a classic Christmas snack in Italy. I love the idea of eating them spicy and warm! Thanks!

  21. Those look great – I usually go for sweetened walnuts, but I can see the spicy glaze working really well.

  22. I’m loving glazed nuts these days and this is a winner recipe. Thanks much for passing it along!

  23. I love making glazed nuts like this. I wish I had some to snack on right now! Thanks for sharing, my friend. They look just scrumptious. Many blessings to you and yours!

  24. These look wonderful! I am going to make some soon.

  25. Can I have that in Costco? So I can get a 5-lb can of those and just snack on them while mad-studying?! Holy yum!

  26. This is awesome! I’ve taken to snacking on nuts because they’re healthy and filling, but they’re too boring plain. I knew I could season them myself but I’ve been lazy and buying spicy almonds at Trader Joe’s for a little extra $. Not anymore! Thanks for the inspiration and recipe. Next time I go to Costco I’ll have to pick up a big bag of walnuts.

  27. I adore the spicy! These look like a great snack.

  28. Um, yum, yum, yum, yum, and yum.

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