Garlicky Air Fryer Roasted Almonds come together so quickly in the air fryer! If you don’t air fry, don’t worry – you can make these in the oven, too.
These air fryer roasted almonds are the “croutons” for my Kale Caesar salad. I love using nuts instead of croutons on salads and in soups. But don’t worry – these babies are made for snacking by the handful, too.
Making Roasted Almonds in the Oven
The cooking method for this recipe is adapted from my oven-baked Roasted Chili-Lime Cashews, so if you don’t have an air fryer you can follow the directions from that recipe to make these in the oven. They’re just as crunchy and delicious – they just take a bit longer to cook. Air Fryer Roasted Almonds cook up in half the time.
Making Air Fryer Roasted Almonds
You can snack on your Garlicky Air Fryer Roasted Almonds by the handful, but they’re also delicious sprinkled over a salad or chopped up to add some crunch to a sandwich or wrap. And they couldn’t be easier to make.
The coating for these babies is a mix of soy sauce, garlic powder, paprika, and white pepper. Just whisk together the coating ingredients, toss with your almonds, and air fry until they’re almost-but-not-quite cooked through.
Raw almonds are pretty chewy, and your Air Fryer Roasted Almonds are done cooking when they are still a bit chewy in the middle. That’s because they’re actually still “cooking” as they cool. If you let them cook until they’re hardened all the way through, you’ll end up with burnt almonds. Not delicious, trust me.
Storing Your Air Fryer Roasted Almonds
To store, let your almonds cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container, like a Tupperware or a Mason jar.
Do not put them up before they are cooled! You’ll end up trapping moisture in your container, which is not safe. Moisture in a warm, cozy environment is how you breed bacteria. Don’t do it, y’all. Wait for them to cool at least 15 minutes before putting them away.
These almonds will keep for about three days at room temperature if stored properly. Off the record: I’ve kept them for closer to a week, but if you want to err on the side of caution, three days is your max.
Garlicky Air Fryer Roasted Almonds
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups raw almonds
- In a large bowl, stir together all of the ingredients, except the almonds, until you have a thick paste. Stir in the almonds, making sure to coat them really well (and really evenly!).
- Transfer the almonds to your air fryer basket, and cook at 320 for 6-8 minutes, shaking every 2 minutes to prevent sticking and so that they'll cook evenly.
- Starting at minute 6, you'll want to check in every minute, tasting an almond for doneness. Your almonds are ready when they have hardened a bit but are still a little chewy in the center. They will get crunchier once they’re cooled. Trust me: I have burnt roasted nuts before, because I was waiting for them to get crunchy all the way through. Don’t be like me!
- Let them cool to room temperature – about 10-15 minutes – then transfer to your storage container of choice.
- Your Air Fryer Roasted Almonds will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. And, I’ll be honest, I kept mine for a full week and lived to tell the tale. But officially, I am saying 2-3 days.