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Smoky Roasted Almonds

Smoky roasted almonds are simple to make at home and make the perfect snack or appetizer.

Spiced nuts are one of my go-to appetizers. Do they count as an appetizer? Snack, appetizer, whatever…they taste good with cocktails and everyone at a party loves a handful of them. These would be great for New Year’s Eve. Or just for snacking! They could not be any easier to make. 

Do you hear me?

COULD NOT BE EASIER. No excuses for buying the salt-laden, so-so tasting, mixed nuts at the store. These are unique, delicious…and umm….easy. 


Smoky Roasted Almonds

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Smoky roasted almonds are simple to make at home and make the perfect snack or appetizer.


  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss almonds with oil until coated. Add salt and smoked paprika and toss until well coated. Bake until toasted, about ten minutes. Cool & serve!

adapted from Everyday Food magazine

Verdict: Perfection! Loved the smoky, salty flavor on these.
Husband’s take: He is a huge almond lover and he loved this take on them.
Changes I would make: None
Difficulty: Easy

Craving more spiced nuts? Try:

  • Olive Oil Roasted Almonds
  • Vanilla Bean Candied Walnuts
  • Olive Oil and Rosemary Roasted Almonds
  • Spiced Pecans Recipe
  • Raspberry Chipotle Candied Pecans
  • Sugar-Free Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
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    20 Responses to “Smoky Roasted Almonds”

    1. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

      I’m kiiiiind of an almond addict so these are most definitely up my alley! Will have to make them ASAP.

      Hope you and your (newly expanded :)) fam had a wonderful Christmas!

    2. Katie — December 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Oh these look and sound awesome! I have a entire tub of almonds sitting at my house. I think I need to start experimenting with them!!!

    3. Kathryn — December 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      My brother’s girlfriend made a huge batch of something similar for us at Christmas – they are so delicious and I can’t wait to try my own!

    4. Megan {CountryCleaver} — December 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Oh how fun! I love all the roasted nuts but hate all that added sodium!

    5. Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I adore flavored almonds…we would love the smoky flavor!

    6. tijuana (po' man meals) — December 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      i just bought 3 large tubs of plain almonds today. you thinking what i’m thinking? 🙂

    7. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Roasted almonds are one of my favorite snacks and I love that you added the smoky paprika!

    8. megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      I always think I should roast my own almonds, or make my own nut mixes and I never do. But now you’ve told me how easy it is, so I have no more excuses… great pictures too by the way 🙂

      • Rachel — January 1st, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

        Thanks Megan!

    9. Emily @ She Makes and Bakes — January 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I love the idea of these…I’ve had almonds roasted with rosemary before, and they were delicious. I’m looking forward to trying these!

      • Rachel — January 5th, 2013 @ 9:50 am

        Yum, rosemary would be delicious too!

    10. Jackie — January 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Rachel

      Raw almonds, are they the ones with the brown paper on them.

      • Rachel — January 14th, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

        They are almonds that have not been roasted or seasoned. The packaging will depend on the brand and the store. I find mine in the produce section, but if they aren’t there, I’d look by the other nuts or maybe in the baking aisle.

    11. Needful Things — January 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Love the idea of making roasted almonds at home. Am going to give this a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

      • Rachel — January 19th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

        Thanks! Let me know how you like them!

    12. Traci — February 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Just made these as I had all ingredients on hand–smoked paprika is my favorite, and they are delicious!

      • Rachel Gurk — February 6th, 2013 @ 9:28 am

        So glad you liked them! Thanks for letting me know 🙂


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