How to Make Wasabi Peanuts

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:

Wasabi Peanuts

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound (about 3 cups) whole peanuts (shelled)
  • 2 tablespoons wasabi powder (not the paste – can be found in most grocery stores in the Asian section)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Materials

  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Sieve

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275Β°F.
  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 200Β°F 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 byΒ troismarteauxΒ (which are actually wasabi peas, not peanuts, sorry)

Written by jeannie

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  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.

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