Fair warning…these Chinese Fried Walnuts are addictive!
I am a big fan of foods that combine salty and sweet together, so when I first had these Chinese Fried Walnuts at my sister Joanne’s house a few years ago, it was love at first salty-sweet, crunchy bite. The nuts are first boiled, then tossed in sugar while still warm allowing the nuts to absorb some sweetness. Then the nuts are fried – giving them a light and crunchy texture. Then they’re drained and immediately sprinkled with some salt while they cool.
Can I just say that these nuts are amazing?!
This recipe for Chinese Fried Walnuts can actually be found all over the internet today, and it is generally attributed to The Good Housekeeping Cookbook, dating back to the 1970’s. While doing research for this post, I found this interesting article, which gives more specific credit for this fabulous recipe to Mildred Ying, an associate food director of The Good Housekeeping Institute at Good Housekeeping magazine back in the 1970’s.
According to Mildred, fried nuts were served in China, “…As a snack. Just the way peanuts might be passed with a drink in the United States, the walnuts might be offered with a cup of tea in China.” Additionally, Mildred goes on to say that they started serving these fried walnuts at Good Housekeeping parties, and they were so popular, guests kept asking for the recipe.
These nuts are delicious on their own, as well as added to salads or desserts. Just be prepared…they won’t last for long because they will get eaten very quickly! Enjoy!
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