Thai Spiced Peanuts

Thai Spiced Peanuts
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Like you, we really enjoy Thai food. There is just something about the citrusy-spicy flavors, and, when combined with peanuts, well, let’s just say we are always up for trying it. After all, it’s peanuts, right? And, who knows, it might be even better than the Chile-Lime Peanuts we made near Christmas. Remember those? They were great, weren’t they?

Anyway, we had found a recipe in Easy Thai Cooking by Robert Danhi for coconut-crusted peanuts involving lemon grass, sweet chili sauce, coconut (duh), that sounded really easy, at least once we’d picked up the ingredients. We are fortunate that there is an Asian market nearby, because our grocery store always seems to have run out of lemon grass.

Makes about a pound.

Thai Spiced Peanuts

Thai Spiced Peanuts

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 3 stalks lemon grass, tender part only, finely minced
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 Tbs sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper or cayenne
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Abbreviated Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, mix together the lime zest, sugar, salt, red pepper, lemon grass, and chili sauce.

Add the peanuts and stir until they are well-coated.

Sprinkle the coconut over the top and stir until the peanuts are well-coated.

Spread the nuts on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the coconut turns a toasty brown.

Let cool completely on the baking sheets — they crisp as they cool — then transfer to an airtight container.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 3 stalks lemon grass, tender part only, finely minced
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 Tbs sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper or cayenne
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Ingredient discussion:

thai sauce ingredients
Measure out everything but the coconut and peanuts into a medium-sized bowl.

For the lemon grass, you’ll probably have to head over to an ethnic market of some sort and pick some up. You’ll be able to buy the sweet chili sauce and coconut there, too. We used frozen grated coconut; it was finer than shredded, but it was the only unsweetened coconut available. Hindsight, being 20-20, we would just leave out the sugar and use regular sweetened coconut shreds next time.

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

thai sauce
Whisk everything together. This makes a really tasty sauce. Try it.

Make Sauce. In a medium bowl, mix together the lime zest, sugar, salt, red pepper, lemon grass, and chili sauce. We found that a whisk worked great to get everything mixed into a thick sauce.

adding peanuts
Add in the peanuts and stir until well-coated. We tried the whisk, but had to switch to a spoon.

Add peanuts. Once you’ve whisked together the sauce, add the peanuts and stir until they are well-coated.

adding coconut
Sprinkle on the coconut. We didn’t do a great job of breaking up the coconut lumps. You’ll do better.

Add coconut. Sprinkle the coconut over the top, breaking apart any clumps, and stir until the peanuts are well-coated.

thai peanuts
Spread on lined baking sheets, and put ’em in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Bake. Spread the nuts on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, and slide into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the coconut turns a toasty brown.

Thai peanuts
And they’re done. During baking, they lost some of the spicy Thai flavor, resulting in just an okay snack.

Cool. Let cool completely on the baking sheets — they crisp as they cool — then transfer to an airtight container.

These peanuts are okay, but they really could use a bit more flavor, which is surprising since the sauce was so tasty — of course we tasted it, who wouldn’t? — so we give ’em four stars. The sauce, on the other hand, would make a great dipping sauce for egg rolls. We’ll keep that in mind.

Worth the trouble?

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