Thai Fried Cashews

Thai fried cashews: Paleo and gluten free snack that is bursting with flavor!

Any nut lovers out there?

I’ve got a killer recipe for you today, if you’re a fan of cashews, Thai food, and lots and lots of flavor.

This recipe is inspired by an appetizer I had at Chiang Mai Thai in Uptown, Minneapolis. Sadly, the restaurant closed. But I’ve managed to come up with a suitable copycat recipe for their fried cashews.

Thai Fried Cashews: A paleo-friendly and gluten free snack that is super easy to make!

About The Recipe

I’m going to warn you now: These cashews are addicting. And they’re super easy to make:

  • First, they’re fried in coconut oil until toasted golden brown.
  • Then they’re flavored Thai-style (with lime juice, hot pepper, and fish sauce (don’t skip it!))

I recommend eating them warm, right out of the skillet. But you could certainly eat them the next day (or the day after that). However, these won’t last forever, since they’re cooked with some liquids.

But in all likelihood, they won’t last that long.

Money-Saving Tip

Some grocery stores sell cashew pieces in addition to whole cashews. These are usually cheaper, since the nuts aren’t in tact. If you’re not into perfection, buy the cashew pieces. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

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Thai Fried Cashews
Yield: 2 cups

Thai Fried Cashews

These nuts are paleo-friendly, gluten free, grain free, and sugar free. Indulge and enjoy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 2 cups cashew pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons togarashi spice (or other hot pepper powder)


  1. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, fish sauce, and togarashi spice.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add cashews and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until cashews are golden brown. Turn heat off.
  3. Pour lime mixture into hot skillet and stir to evenly distribute. Remove cashews from skillet and place on a baking sheet to cool slightly. Eat warm from the skillet (preferred) or once they have cooled.

12 Responses to “Thai Fried Cashews”

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    Rachel Osborn — July 20, 2016 @ 1:59 am

    I am not a big fan of fish sauce, but I am thinking I could substitute another type….I love cashews, so would like to try some kind of variation on this! Great idea!

    • Haley replied: — July 21st, 2016 @ 3:28 am

      I would recommend subbing soy sauce. It won’t taste the same, but it will still be good!

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    Michelle — July 20, 2016 @ 5:54 am

    My hubby loves cashews so I have to try this. My only problem is that he’s allergic to seafood. Do you know of anything I could try instead of the fish sauce?

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    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project — July 20, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

    My husband loves cashews as well and really likes anything spicy. Pinning to make this for him. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Haley replied: — July 21st, 2016 @ 3:28 am

      Super! I hope he likes them 🙂

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    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom — July 20, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

    I love cashews but usually just eat them plain! Your way sounds delicious…I’ll have to give it a try!

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    Jill — July 20, 2016 @ 11:46 pm

    These look scrumptious! 

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    Nara — July 21, 2016 @ 12:15 am

    cashews are addicting! Love them! Great idea and love this recipe. I need to try this.

    • Haley replied: — July 21st, 2016 @ 3:28 am

      Let me know if you do!

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    Christina @ — July 21, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

    Yum! We are always looking for Paleo snacks to make at home. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Hannah | Eat, Drink, and Save Money — July 23, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    These look so good. And so easy! I really can’t wait to try them. Thai inspired foods are my fav!

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    Janet Stevenson — September 17, 2018 @ 7:29 am

    I am frantically searching for the Thai name for the cashews fried with Kaffir lime chilli and sugar…does anyone know the name…I have forgotten it.?

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