Spanish Fried Almonds (Almendras Fritas)

Closeup of a plate of fried peeled almonds on a wooden table illuminated by sunlight
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  • 6 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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There are thousands of different "tapas" in Spain - both hot and cold. Fried almonds or "almendras fritas" can be eaten warm just after frying or at room temperature. They are a tasty treat and take about 5 minutes to make. This recipe provides two cooking methods – one in the frying pan and the other in the microwave.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

Frying Pan Method

  1. Pour olive oil into a medium non-stick frying pan with a heavy bottom. Place on medium heat and be sure that olive oil coats the entire bottom of the pan.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the almonds and “sauté” them, stirring often until all sides are golden brown.
  3. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon or spatula and place on paper towels, spreading them out to drain.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

    Microwave Oven Method

    1. Place blanched almonds on a large dinner plate (10 or 12 inches).
    2. Drizzle olive oil over almonds, stirring almonds to ensure that they are coated with oil on all sides.
    3. Spread almonds out around the plate, leaving the center of the plate empty.
    4. Place in microwave and cook for 90 seconds on 750-watt power. Move almonds or stir. Cook for another 90 seconds.
    5. Remove almonds and sprinkle with salt. Serve.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 1837
    Total Fat 172 g
    Saturated Fat 16 g
    Unsaturated Fat 113 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 318 mg
    Carbohydrates 49 g
    Dietary Fiber 27 g
    Protein 51 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)