How to Make Wasabi Peanuts

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After buying a can of wasabi peanuts at our local Asian grocery store…I can’t get enough. Even though they burn my nose and make my eyes water…I can’t stop eating them.

They’re a reasonable healthy snack. Peanuts are good for you even though they are high in calories.

Here’s a recipe to try making your own wasabi peanuts:

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound (about 3 cups) whole peanuts (shelled)
  • 2 tablespoons wasabi powder (not the paste โ€“ can be found in most grocery stores in the Asian section)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Materials
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Sieve

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275ยฐF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with greased foil or parchment paper.
  3. Whisk egg white and water together until foamy.
  4. Add peanuts and toss to coat with the egg-water mixture.
  5. Transfer to a sieve; toss gently and let drain.
  6. Stir together wasabi powder, salt and cornstarch in a large bowl.
  7. Add peanuts and toss to coat with the wasabi mixture.
  8. Spread peanuts on baking sheet in a single layer, and bake 30 minutes.
  9. Gently stir, reduce temperature to 200ยฐF and continue baking 20 more minutes.
Making them vegan
Does anyone have any ideas for making the recipe vegan? I can’t think of an appropriate substitute for the egg. I thought of honey (not vegan), so maybe corn or maple syrup?
Photo: Flickr Creative Commons byย troismarteauxย (which are actually wasabi peas, not peanuts, sorry)

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4 thoughts on “How to Make Wasabi Peanuts”

  1. Aaaah! I love wasabi peas and peanuts! I was looking at a recipe for wasabi peas, and it sounds like maybe you could just toss them with a little bit of oil in place of the egg to make things stick.

  2. I’ll be using flax egg as my vegan substitute: Grind 1 tbsp. flax seeds in a coffee grinder and place in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and let sit for 30 minutes until mixture becomes gelatinous.

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Dan | dieselfood.com

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