Garlicky air fryer roasted almonds come together so quickly in the air fryer! They're crunchy, satisfying, and oil free. If you don't air fry, don't worry - you can make these in the oven, too.
Have you tried roasting nuts in your air fryer yet? It's a great way to save time roasting almonds, cashews, pecans, or any other nuts or seeds that you like.
And these garlicky, crunchy, air fryer almonds are a great place to get started.
These 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 until you have a thick paste. This paste will stick well to the nuts, so you'll get maximum flavor.
Then, toss it with your almonds and air fry until they're almost-but-not-quite cooked through.
Raw almonds are pretty chewy, and your air fryer 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.
Important storage instructions
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.
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.
I originally made these to use as the croutons for my Kale Caesar salad recipe. They are a great way to add texture and protein to other salads, too!
Garlicky Air Fryer Roasted Almonds
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ¼ 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!).
Air fryer directions
- Transfer the almonds to your air fryer basket, and cook at 300° F 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.
- Preheat the oven to 300° F.
- Spread the almonds into a single layer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, so that they cook evenly.