Rosemary Fried Almonds

August 28, 2013

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I love having simple, go-to recipes that I can whip up at the last minute, especially for unexpected guests. Or, let’s be honest, for when I’m craving something delicious, but I’m feeling oh so lazy.

This recipe requires very little effort, and yet you are rewarded with salty, smoky almonds with a fragrant yet subtle rosemary flavour. Crunchy and savory, these nuts make a great appetizer or snack, and are an awesome sidekick to any cocktail or glass of wine.

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Rosemary Fried Almonds


  • 2 cups raw almonds, blanched*
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste, depending on how salty you like nuts)
  • ghee, coconut oil, or olive oil**

* Blanching is super easy. Simply place the almonds in boiling water for 1 minute (not any longer than that). Remove the almonds from the boiling water and run them under cold water to cool. Shake the water off in a colander, and then pop the skins off with your fingers.
**I don’t typically like to heat up olive oil, but it does impart a nice flavour.


1) Heat a large pan over medium heat.

2) Add enough ghee or oil to generously coat the bottom of your pan (approx. 3-4 tablespoons), and allow to heat up.

3) Add the almonds to the pan. Stir frequently so that the almonds don’t burn. The almonds will be ready when they’re golden brown (approx. 5-7 minutes).

4) Turn down the heat to low and add the rosemary and salt. Stir well, and cook just until the rosemary becomes fragrant (approx. 2 minutes).

5) Remove the almonds from the pan and place on paper towel to drain any remaining oil.

6) Enjoy warm or once cooled.

If you enjoyed this recipe, please let me know in the comments and remember to share it (pinterest, facebook, twitter, etc.). Thanks!

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Deepa August 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

This looks excellent! I guess you could experiment with flavours as well. Nice pics!


admin@primalist August 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM

For sure, try other herbs, etc. Thanks! :)


Bianca September 5, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Can you explain to me, why you do not like heating olive oil? Thanks.


admin@primalist September 9, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Olive oil, especially EVOO has a very low smoke point, which means it burns and goes rancid easily when heated.


Buttoni November 7, 2013 at 7:01 AM

These sound delicious. I think I may add some onion powder to them when I try them. Can’t wait!


admin@primalist November 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Sounds great! :)


Sharon December 18, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Making this for girlfriend Christmas gifts! Thanks!


admin@primalist December 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Awesome! Merry Christmas! :)


Belen June 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Great idea! I always eat the nuts just as they come… Somehow I was tired of them! Thanks


Sabine July 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I love it whenever people come together and share thoughts.
Great website, keep it up!


Hudey December 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This is now one of my favorite snacks. Make them all the time and they are a HIT for party snacks!


Liberty Swanson January 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Just made these for my husband and me. He wouldn’t stop eating them. Time to make more. Easy and delicious.


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