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Sweet and Spicy Peanuts

These Sweet and Spicy Peanuts are great finger food for parties! Keep them on hand for afternoon snacking or serve at your next tailgate.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Finished peanuts in a mason jar with string tied around the top.

These Sweet and Spicy Peanuts are a quick and easy party snack that everyone will love! They take less than 10 minutes to make and you can keep them on hand for afternoon snacking or to serve at your next tailgate.

If you’re looking for a fun, easy snack to enjoy with your friends, look no further than this recipe! It’s simple to follow and yields delicious results. Plus, the ingredients are readily available at any grocery store.

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This takes no more than 10 minutes in the kitchen and the flavors are just outstanding.

These Sweet and Spicy Peanuts combine red hot pepper flakes and Chinese 5-spice powder with your favorite cocktail peanuts and honey. The only problem? It’s really hard to stop eating until they’re all gone!

💗 Why We Love This Recipe


  • Quick and easy to prepare. These candied peanuts are done in less than ten minutes.
  • You can double the recipe. Or triple it. Whatever quantity you need for a get-together! (You may just need a lot, too. They’re addicting and go fast!)
  • Perfectly snackable! A handful of these is just filling enough to keep you satisfied, but not so filling that dinner is ruined.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

Game day snack at its best!”
— Brenda

🥘 About The Ingredients


Ingredients needed for making the recipe.

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  • Peanut Oil Used for cooking the sweet-hot coating for peanuts.
  • Honey Recipes for candied peanuts always require a sweetener of some kind. I like using honey.
  • Cocktail PeanutsThese are the salted, skinless peanuts you’ll find in the snacks aisle at your grocery store. Please note that I don’t recommend peanuts with the skins on because the honey mixture will simply stick to the skins and fall off the peanuts. 
  • Red Pepper FlakesThey bring the heat to the party! Adjust the quantity up or down to suit your taste.
  • 5-Spice PowderCommonly used in Asian cooking. You’ll usually find it with the other Asian ingredients or in the spice aisle of your grocery store.
  • Kosher SaltSalt always brings out and enhances the flavors of all the other ingredients. Adjust according to your preferences.

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🔪 How to Make Sweet and Spicy Peanuts


  1. Before you start, prepare a baking sheet by covering it with a layer of aluminum foil.
  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the honey, peanuts, red pepper flakes, and 5-spice powder.
  2. Cook, stirring constantly until the peanuts are brown and glazed (about 5 minutes). Keep the heat no higher than medium and watch very carefully as the honey and nuts can burn easily.

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🔀 Recipe Variations


  • Use other kinds of nuts. Pecans, cashews, and almonds all work well with this recipe. 
  • Experiment with spices. While I think the 5-spice mixture is perfect for sweet and spicy peanuts, you could also use paprika, chili powder, allspice, cumin, or garlic powder depending on the flavor profile you like. 
  • Add even more heat. More a more fiery taste, add a dash of sriracha.

🍚 How To Store


  • These candied nuts can sit at room temperature or in the fridge for about a week.
  • You can freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw them at room temp before serving.
Finished peanuts in a mason jar with string tied around the top.

❗ Make it Ahead


Spiced peanuts are a great make-ahead gift for any occasion. Co-workers, teachers, and family are sure to love these addicting little nuts. Simply prep them the night before and wrap them up in plastic wrap for a tasty, thoughtful snack!

🍽 Serving Suggestions


  • As you can imagine, spiced peanuts pair well with other snacks like chips and game day classics like a good beer! :-)
  • This is much more versatile than a simple, delicious protein snack. I recommend them on top of salads, soups, or even ice cream…yes, really. You’d be surprised how well the flavors mix.
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❓ Questions About Sweet & Spicy Peanuts


Is this recipe gluten-free?

While I’m not an expert in specialty diets, I believe this recipe is completely gluten-free, as these ingredients don’t usually have gluten products in them.

Is this recipe vegetarian?

Technically, yes, unless you count honey as an animal product! (Again, however, I’m not a dietary expert.)

What’s in 5-spice powder?

5-spice powder is typically a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise, and pepper. This can vary a bit from brand to brand, but no matter what, it always has a sweet and savory flavor you’ll like.

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Sweet and Spicy Peanuts

These Sweet and Spicy Peanuts are great finger food for parties! Keep them on hand for afternoon snacking or serve at your next tailgate.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup cocktail peanuts
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set it aside for now.
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the honey, peanuts, red pepper flakes, and 5-spice powder.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until peanuts are brown and glazed (about 5 minutes). Keep the heat no higher than medium and watch very carefully as the honey and nuts will burn easily.
  • Spread the peanuts on a foil-lined baking sheet and sprinkle immediately with salt.
  • Allow to cool completely; transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and blot with additional paper towel to remove excess oil.

Notes

  • These candied nuts can sit at room temperature or in the fridge for about a week.
  • You can freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight container. Thaw them at room temp before serving.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on January 14, 2015. It has been updated with additional information.

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  1. Oooh! Love the five Spice! I’m going to have to give these a shot soon! A great addition to any party.