Smoked Almonds with Olive Oil and Kosher Salt
Feb 13, 2020, Updated Sep 21, 2023
Smoked Almonds are such an easy, healthy, and delicious snack that has a distinct smoky flavor and perfect crunch. These smoke house almonds are so popular that we sell them to wineries around the Northwest to serve in their tasting rooms.
You can also use these almonds for dishes that require any almond ingredient, like shaved smoked almonds for salad, or even a homemade almond butter.
Smoking almonds is one of our favorite appetizer dishes that we make and sell to local wineries. We always have some on hand and I eat small handfuls of them throughout the day when I need a quick and healthy snack. We’ll smoke three to five pounds at a time, and then keep in a storage container to add to dishes throughout the week or mix into granola. They’re also great for when I travel. No airplane crackers needed when I’ve got my almonds to snack on!
And we get feedback all the time that the flavor profile has a slight bacon flavor, and how easy they are to make.
Buy raw, unroasted almonds. They are most commonly found in the bulk section of your grocer. If the almonds are already roasted, they won’t take on that same characteristic and could overcook.
How To Smoke Almonds
The objective is to roast the almonds slowly over three hours. Doing this allows the natural oils from the almonds to infuse and develop a smoky roasted bite that is crunchy and has that smoky nuttiness making this such a unique flavor. Add a touch of olive oil and salt to enhance the flavor.
- Start with a low heat. Smoke the almonds at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Smoke first for two hours, without any added ingredient. This will allow the almond oil to naturally get extracted while it slowly roasts and pull in the delicious smoke flavor.
- Add flavor. After two hours add olive oil and salt. This is to finish the almonds with a touch of the saltiness. The oil not only helps the salt stick, but also adds a slightly fruity aroma enhanced by the smoke.
- Serve warm, or let cool and then eat later. Keep stored in sealed container (or mason jar) in your pantry for months.
Fruit woods are best matched for any smoke house almonds. They burn sweeter and balance nicely with any nut. Oak is another alternative. If you use mesquite or hickory it will take on a stronger smoke flavor.
- Consider adding your favorite savory dry rub instead of kosher salt.
- Use the almonds for salads. Simply use the large grates on a box grater to shave them. You can swap out candied pecans for almonds in this grilled chicken salad.
- Add to any ingredient for a nut butter like our smoked almond butter.
- If you like candied nuts, try our variation with a butter and bourbon sugar glaze.
Wine and Roasted Almonds
If you want a match for heaven, then take any roasted almonds, smoked or otherwise, and pair them with a sparkling wine. The flavor is amazing and they balance each other so well. Just imagine sitting on a warm patio in the summertime, snacking on some smoke roasted almonds and a chilled glass of your favorite sparkling wine. It’s like being in wine country all by yourself!
We serve these almonds at many of our Ember and Vine Catering events, and even sell them to wineries for pairing with wine. They are delicious and so easy to make. It’s really all about taking the time to do it.
Storing Roasted Almonds
We simply add to a sealable storage container or a large mason jars. The almonds will retain a fresh character for two months if stored in an airtight manner.
If you want to warm them up again, simply place on a sheet tray and in the oven at 225 degrees. Let the oven warm with the almonds in it. Then after 15 minutes they should be warm enough to eat. Or you can serve cold.
You can also replicate this recipe with shaved almonds. (It’s a pain to shave whole roasted almonds, trust us and the many blades we have destroyed). Smoked shaved almonds are great over salads and soups.
Directions: Cut the recipe time in half. Smoke the shaved almonds for 90 minutes and then oil and salt them. Continue smoking for additional 30 minutes at the same temperature.
Other Snack Ideas
- Smoked Kale Chips – Crunchy and tastes like potato chips.
- Smoked Cheese Ball – Smoked cream cheese ball with tons of flavor.
- Sweet Smoked Candied Pecans – A delicious way to smoke and season pecans. Makes a great topping for snacking or pecan pie.
- Green Chile Dip – An easy dip that is perfect for parties or just snacking.
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- 1 pound raw almonds, (Be sure they are not already roasted)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt,, Plus one teaspoon
- Preheat smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit using cherry, apple or oak.
- Place almonds in an open dish and place into the smoker for one hour. Stir after the first hour and continue smoking one more hour.
- After two hours of smoking, mix the olive oil and salt with the almonds in the same dish and stir. Close lid and smoke one additional hour.
- Remove from smoker and then add the teaspoon of salt and mix. Serve warm, or place into a food safe storage container or mason jar and store for up to 4 weeks in the pantry.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.