Sriracha Cocoa Cashews

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Author Notes: Looking for a road food snack that'll keep you awake on long trips? This zingy snack will keep you alert! The Thai spice mix paired with the rich cocoa flavor and the crunch of the cashews is a real winner. I cheat a little bit by using pre-made sriracha sauce -- you get all that deliciously nuanced flavor and heat in one handy bottle! You can add a sweet, fruity element, too, with the candied ginger and mangos, but it's fine with just the nuts, too. vrunka

Food52 Review: A road trip to visit family presented me with the perfect opportunity to test this interesting recipe. The combination of fresh ginger, lime zest, sriracha, and cocoa is amazing! I took liberty with the "to taste" instruction for sriracha and used about two tablespoons of my homemade sauce based on edamamae2003's recipe ( What can I say? I like it hot! I'd suggest adding the candied ginger (and mango if using) immediately after removing the cashews from the oven so that it incorporates with the nuts and glaze.ArdorFarm

Serves 8 to 12

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon grated galangal (or ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 4 cups cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup diced candied ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced dried mangos (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 275 F.
  2. Beat the egg white and water together until light and frothy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all but 2 tablespoons of the cocoa, the sugars, galangal, salt, cayenne, and lime zest. Make sure it’s well combined.
  4. Fold the nuts into the egg whites and then add the sugar and spice and sriracha. Combine well.
  5. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet. A silpat will be helpful, but if you don’t have one, use a sheet of parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and add lime juice, then sprinkle with the rest of the cocoa powder. Return to oven just for a couple minutes to dry out a bit. Allow to cool completely (5 to 10 minutes) before serving. If using, toss in the ginger and mango at the end.

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about 1 year ago JohnL

Should raw cashews be used in your recipe? I was wondering if that might have something to do with Carolyn's Bloomer's comment.


over 1 year ago Carolyn Bloomer

This is the first food52 recipe of many I've tried that was a total disaster. I halved the recipe but otherwise followed it meticulously and the results were inedible -- very bitter and no redeeming flavors coming through. The candied ginger and mangoes added somewhat of a bright offset to the bitterness, but did not bring it to an acceptable level for serving to company. Haven't a clue as to what went wrong.


over 1 year ago vrunka

how disappointing! so sorry to hear they didn't come out. I don't know what happened, but the only thing I can think of since you said it was bitter is that maybe too much lime pith got in with the zest?


almost 2 years ago Snafu06

I made this for a party and they were snapped up immediately. The whole crowd (a wide variety of picky eaters) loved them. Thanks for posting it.


almost 2 years ago vrunka

so glad these turned out well!


about 2 years ago meraviglia

I made these last night and the spicing is delicious! However, there was a lot of spice/cocoa/egg white mixture so I added more nuts to "absorb" some of the extra liquid and then I left them in the oven for even longer than you said and they are still kind of soggy. Any idea on what I did wrong? And anything I can do today to fix them? Do you think I can put them back in the oven to dry out some more? thanks!


almost 2 years ago vrunka

sorry I'm only seeing this comment now. I know I'm too late to help with that batch, but in case that happens again, I think you're pretty safe leaving the tray in the oven until the liquid evaporates. Just to be on the safe side maybe go down to 200 degrees.


about 2 years ago Hilarybee

so these are crack. I saw the recipe and made it as soon as I got home. We've already eaten a whole bunch--no mangoes or candied ginger yet. But next time. A keeper, for sure.


about 2 years ago vrunka

So glad you enjoyed them! The fruit is a nice addition, but definitely not required! Thanks for trying out the recipe!


about 2 years ago DessertByCandy

Road trip next weekend! This is so coming with me.


about 2 years ago vrunka

They should be company on the road. Enjoy!


about 2 years ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

I had my eyes on this for a while, cannot wait to try it out!


about 2 years ago Kt4

Sounds fascinating! Moments like this I wish I could tolerate anything spicey. Good luck!


over 3 years ago lapadia

Love cashews, love chocolate and spice; love this recipe! :)