Ever since the 8th century when the Moors conquered Spain and planted the first almond trees in the Iberian peninsula, Spaniards have been obsessed with Almonds. With that being said, today I´m going to show you how to make one of Spain´s best almond tapas dishes, Spicy Pan Fried Spanish Almonds.
These are typically served at tapas bars and restaurants all around the country, usually next to a cold beer or a glass of red wine. This recipe is very easy to make and brings the flavors of Spain into your kitchen within minutes. I used Spanish marcona almonds to make this recipe, but you can use any type of almonds that you prefer.
The secret to perfectly fried almonds is to add the olive oil and the almonds into the pan right when you turn on the heat. But most importantly, you have to mix the almonds with the olive oil continuously, that way the almonds don´t burn and they cook evenly. After frying them for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes in a medium heat the almonds should be perfectly cooked.
Remember to let them rest until completely cool so they achieve that magical crunch. Watch the video below on How to Make these Spicy Spanish Almonds or check out the recipe card below which you can print. Salud!
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How to Make Spicy Pan Fried Spanish Almonds
- 1 cup marcona almonds
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp hot smoked spanish paprika
- pinch sea salt
Heat a small fry pan with a medium heat, add a 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 1 cup of blanched marcona almonds, start stirring the almonds with the oil, very important to continue to mix the almonds with the oil the entire time
After 4 1/2 to 5 minutes your almonds should be perfectly fried, transfer them to a bowl, add a generous 1/2 tsp of hot smoked Spanish paprika and a generous pinch of sea salt, mix until well combined and set aside until completely cool, enjoy!
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