04 January 2011

AB's Ginger Almonds

I'll post my soup recipe for the recipe war tomorrow, since I'm making it for dinner and I can take pictures then, but for now I wanted to share this recipe I found from Alton Brown. I was very skeptical when I read the bit about the ginger (although, I probably didn't use as much as he calls for), but I'm telling you these almonds are absolutely delicious!

Ginger Almonds

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2009


  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 dried arbol chile, stemmed and broken into small pieces (I didn't have one so I used chili flakes, about 1 teaspoon or less)
  • 1 pound whole natural almonds
  • 1 tablespoon less-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Combine the ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil and sesame oil in a 12-inch saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the arbol chile and cook, stirring frequently, until the chile begins to give off an aroma, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the almonds and cook, stirring frequently until lightly toasted, approximately 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook until reduced slightly and the pan looks dry, approximately 1 minute. Immediately remove the nuts to the large bowl and toss with the ginger mixture.

 Spread the coated nuts into a single layer on a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the pan to a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes or until completely cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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