Spanish Fried Almonds (Almendras Fritas)

Plate of fried peeled almonds

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Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 6 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
2003 Calories
188g Fat
54g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 2003
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 188g 241%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1853mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 28g 99%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 685mg 53%
Iron 10mg 55%
Potassium 1820mg 39%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


Steps to Make It

Frying Pan Method

  1. Pour olive oil into a medium nonstick 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.

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