Air Fryer Spiced Nuts

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These air fryer roasted spiced nuts make for an easy and healthy snack. These savory nuts are great as hostess gifts and also, a perfect appetizer for your holiday parties.

Note: This spiced nuts recipe is made without eggs.

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Air fryer spiced roasted nuts

Learning how to roast nuts in your air fryer can be life changing. It is because you are no longer reaching out for unhealthy storebought snacks anymore to satisfy your afternoon cravings!

The wonderful thing about nuts is that it is super easy to flavor them and give it a new twist every time. You can either make savory nuts with spices as shown in this recipe or if you are craving for something sweet, I recommend honey roasted nuts.

These spicy roasted nuts are not only good for snacking but also make perfect appetizers for your holiday party. Note: These are seriously addicting so make sure you portion-control!

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Reasons to love this recipe

I love these spiced nuts because they need only a few simple ingredients and about 6 minutes in the air fryer. But there are more reasons to love them, here are a few

  1. No added preservatives!
  2. This spicy snack is cheaper than the store-bought alternative
  3. Great way to repurpose nuts in your pantry.
  4. Perfect for satiating your 3 pm cravings or as an after-school snack.
  5. Put these savory nuts in a glass jar, label, and tie a ribbon to make a cute hostess gift.
  6. Thes party nuts are awesome for holiday gatherings – serve it on a cheese board, your guests will love them!
  7. Meal prep– Make a big batch and stash it in the freezer.

Here’s what you need to make the recipe


You’ll need an air fryer to make this homemade nut mix. Here are the two that I recommend 

  • Basket style (Phillips – 1725W) – easier to flip food but cooks a smaller amount (2-3 servings).
  • Oven-style (Ninja Dual Heat Air Fryer – 1800W) – The oven-style ones usually take more space but what’s unique about this Ninja one is that it flips vertically for easy storage on the countertop. Most importantly, it allows you to cook six chicken breasts, 2-lbs roast, or 4-lbs of fries – perfect for families of 4 or more.

Ingredient notes

  • Unsalted nuts – Buy in bulk to make it budget-friendly. You can use any nuts of your choice. I love to combine almonds, nuts, and peanuts in this mix.
  • Oil – any neutral-flavored oil like avocado to make sure the spices stick to the nuts. You can also use melted butter or ghee. If you don’t mind coconut oil, you can use it too.
  • Chili powder – any mild chili powder like Kashmiri chili powder will do.
  • Ground cumin powder
  • Salt
  • Chaat masala (optional) – Adds a bit of zesty and tangy flavor to the nuts.


While I have used almonds and cashews in this spicy roasted nuts recipe, you can also try the following nuts:

  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Macadamia nuts

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below.

Variations to try

While I have kept the spices simple, you can also season with:

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chipotle chili powder
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Coriander powder
  • Fresh or dried rosemary
  • Dried thyme
  • Sea salt
  • Black salt

For sweet and spicy nuts, add about three teaspoons of granulated sugar or brown sugar after air frying. Mix well and let it cool.


  • Make sure all the nuts are coated evenly with the spices.
  • Always arrange the nuts in a single layer and cook in batches if needed.
  • Toss the nuts halfway during cooking to ensure even cooking.
  • The nuts will initially be soft after air frying and should turn crunchy as they cool down.
  • Let it completely cool before storing it in an air-tight container.
  • The time to cook will vary depending on the air fryer used. Make sure to keep an eye on the nuts to avoid burning.
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Frequently asked questions

What kind of nuts can I use for this recipe?

You can use any nuts of your choice – almonds, cashews, peanuts/groundnuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamia, etc.

Can you freeze spicy nuts?

Yes, sugared nuts can be frozen for a couple of months. Make sure it is stored in an air-tight container.

Why are my roasted nuts soft?

The nuts were possibly not placed in a single layer while cooking and cooling.

How do I store the spicy roasted nuts after air frying?

Refrigerate them during summer. In winter, place them in an air-tight container away from direct sunlight, and they should last for a month or two.

air fryer honey roasted nuts in a bowl
Air fryer savory spiced nuts


Refrigerate them during summer. In winter, place them in an air-tight container away from direct sunlight, and they should last for a month or two.

You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Make sure to use a freezer bag.


  • Makes a perfect topping over a savory oatmeal.
  • Mix it with popcorn.
  • Serve it with dried fruits, nuts, and cheese on a cheeseboard.
  • Serve it with cocktails as an accompaniment.
  • These roasted mixed nuts are great on salads.

Other air fryer recipes to try

  1. Quick & Healthy Air fryer Granola – Healthy and easy granola recipe is made with whole ingredients that are good for you.
  2. Homemade Trail Mix – If you are looking for a healthy and delicious snack, this homemade trail mix recipe is for you! 
  3. Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos – Loaded with shredded cheese, buffalo chicken, and endless toppings, these easy-to-make sheet pan nachos are a one-of-a-kind recipe!
  4. Air-Fryer Roasted Chickpeas – Crispy air-fryer roasted chickpeas take your healthy snacking to a whole new level.
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Air Fryer Spiced Nuts

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 8



  • To a medium-sized bowl, add the nuts along with oil, salt, Kashmiri chili powder, and cumin powder. Mix them until all the nuts are evenly coated.
  • Line the air frying tray with parchment paper. Place the nuts on the parchment paper and spread them evenly.
  • Air fry at 325°F for 6 minutes till the nuts change color. Toss the nuts at the halfway mark for even browning. If using a toaster-style air fryer, make sure to rotate the tray.
  • Transfer the nuts to a baking tray and sprinkle chaat masala over it. Mix to combine well.
Read the post…For helpful information on ingredient swaps, storage tips, meal prep ideas, and variations!

Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Serving: 0.25cupsCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 7gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 410mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Diet: Gluten-free
Course: Accompaniment
Method: Air fryer
Keywords: air fried, roasted, toasted
Cuisine: Fusion
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  1. 5 stars

    Delicious cocktail nuts. I spiced with lots of freshly ground curry spices and chili flakes.

    I suggest adding sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds to the nuts, though I also suggest air-frying the different seeds and nuts separately and mixing after the fry, especially if making a batch to store. The various seeds and nuts fry up differently, according to size. I imagine, of course, that the seeds would fry up much more quickly than the nuts.

    Thank you for the excellent recipe and instructions. I am only just becoming acquainted with my NINJA, and the nuts were so much better and by far quicker than the one’s I always did in the oven, though the recipe is basically the same.

    Maple Syrup (or maple sugar) is also delicious in the sweet version.