Small Batch Crunchy Candied Walnuts

These crunchy little devils are dangerous. They’re addictively sweet, rich, crunchy, and nutty. I made this “small batch” recipe to not only keep myself from eating two cups of candied walnuts at once, but also because walnuts are expensive and I wanted to save the rest of the bag for other non-candied purposes. Sometimes you […]

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These crunchy little devils are dangerous. They’re addictively sweet, rich, crunchy, and nutty. I made this “small batch” recipe to not only keep myself from eating two cups of candied walnuts at once, but also because walnuts are expensive and I wanted to save the rest of the bag for other non-candied purposes. Sometimes you just need a little “sprankle-sprankle” of candied goodness on your meal and not a mountain of candied walnuts with no dedicated use. A mountain is great if you’re having a party, but not for everyday purposes.

A small wooden bowl full of chopped crunchy candied walnuts

What’s in Candied Walnuts?

The super simple candy coating on these walnuts is just brown sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt. Yep, that’s it! That’s all you need to make that delectably rich toffee coating. This is a dangerous piece of knowledge, use it wisely.

You can also play around with adding some other herbs and spices to your candied walnuts. A pinch or two of cayenne pepper would be amazing with the brown sugar and butter candy coating, as would vanilla, cinnamon, or ginger.

How Do You Use Candied Walnuts?

Candied walnuts are a great topping for several things. Most recently I used the sweet and crunchy nuts to top an Autumn Kale and Apple Salad. They’re also great on top of ice cream or ice cream sundaes, yogurt or yogurt parfaits, a bowl of oatmeal, or even added to granola (after cooking). A small bowl of candied walnuts also makes a great addition to a cheese board (hello holiday entertaining!).

How Long Do Candied Walnuts Last?

As long as it takes you to eat them! Ba-dum-dum. Okay, all bad dad jokes aside, these candied walnuts will last quite a while. All nuts do go rancid eventually, but as long as you cool them completely and then store them in an air-tight container, they should be good for about a month.

Close up of crunchy candied walnuts in a small wooden bowl

 

Small Batch Candied Walnuts

This small batch of crunchy candied walnuts is just the right amount of sweet, crunchy, and nutty topping for salads, desserts, oats, and more.

  • 1/2 Tbsp butter ($0.07)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1 pinch salt ($0.01)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts ($0.60)
  1. Add the butter, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt to a small non-stick skillet. Heat over medium until the butter is melted and the brown sugar is just beginning to sizzle around the edges (it should still look grainy).

  2. Add the walnuts (chopped or whole) and stir to coat in the brown sugar mixture. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat for 2-4 minutes, or until the brown sugar is fully melted and coating the walnuts (it should look glassy, not grainy).

  3. Remove the skillet from the heat immediately, as the sugar can go from melted to burning quickly. Spread the candied nuts out over a sheet of parchment paper, making sure they are in a flat layer and separated as much as possible.

  4. Allow the nuts to cool fully (about 10 minutes). The candy coating will fully harden as they cool.

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

Overhead view of a bowl full of candied walnuts

How to Make Candied Walnuts – Step by Step Photos

Brown sugar, butter, and salt in a small skillet

Add 1/2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, and a pinch of salt to a small non-stick skillet. 

Walnuts added to skillet with molten brown sugar

Heat and stir the brown sugar and butter until the butter is melted and the brown sugar is just starting to sizzle around the edges. It should kind of look like grainy lava, like in the photo above. Add a 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped or whole) and stir to coat in the brown sugar mixture. Keep cooking and stirring for 2-3 minutes more, until the brown sugar is fully melted and coating the walnuts (it should look glassy, not grainy).

Candied walnuts cooling on parchment

Remove the skillet from the heat immediately because the brown sugar can go from melted to burning quickly. Spread the walnuts out onto a piece of parchment paper, in a single layer, trying to separate them as much as possible. Let the nuts cool completely (about 10 minutes). The candy coating will harden further as they cool.

A small wooden bowl of crunchy candied walnuts from the side.

Enjoy your crunchy candied walnuts on top of salads, yogurt, ice cream, oats, or any of your other favorite foods!

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October! I’m looking forward to getting cozy in some cooler temps while eyeing winter with trepidation. This year has been hard on us. I hope you’re hanging in there.

Below are some links that have caught my attention lately and a collection of seasonal recipes to make this October. What are you craving this season? Please tell me in the comments! I want to know.

Links lately:

Apples

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Healthy Apple Muffins

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Made them this morning with one Granny Smith and one Macintosh. Your recipe is fantastic! The rose so well, made a beautiful crust and were nice and tender inside. Taste was great!” – Pierre

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Making Instant Pot sweet potatoes is fast and easy! Pressure cooker sweet potatoes come out perfectly every time; use them for lunches or weeknight dinners. Confession: cooking with an Instant Pot is not something I ever expected to do. Alex and I are wary of adding new gadgets to our kitchen—and especially if they’re trendy! We want to know that a gadget will be useful in the long term before we’ll commit cabinet space. So, we were on the fence for years about the Instant Pot. Until one day, a friend mentioned you can make Instant pot sweet potatoes. Now, we eat lots of sweet potato recipes around here, so we thought we’d give it a try. Still skeptical, we put in the raw sweet potatoes…and poof! Out came perfectly moist sweet potatoes with little effort and faster than an oven! The pressure cooker is now our go to method for cooking sweet potatoes. So without further ado, here’s how to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot! First a video, then scroll down for the recipe! Video: How to make Instant Pot sweet potatoes  What’s an Instant Pot? An Instant Pot is basically a programmable pressure cooker. The […]

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Making Instant Pot sweet potatoes is fast and easy! Pressure cooker sweet potatoes come out perfectly every time; use them for lunches or weeknight dinners.

Easy Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Confession: cooking with an Instant Pot is not something I ever expected to do. Alex and I are wary of adding new gadgets to our kitchen—and especially if they’re trendy! We want to know that a gadget will be useful in the long term before we’ll commit cabinet space. So, we were on the fence for years about the Instant Pot. Until one day, a friend mentioned you can make Instant pot sweet potatoes.

Now, we eat lots of sweet potato recipes around here, so we thought we’d give it a try. Still skeptical, we put in the raw sweet potatoes…and poof! Out came perfectly moist sweet potatoes with little effort and faster than an oven! The pressure cooker is now our go to method for cooking sweet potatoes. So without further ado, here’s how to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot! First a video, then scroll down for the recipe!

Video: How to make Instant Pot sweet potatoes

What’s an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is basically a programmable pressure cooker. The one we have is Instant Pot brand: here’s the Instant Pot we have. However, there are many other brands of electric pressure cookers. The concept is to cook foods at high pressure, which dramatically cuts down on cooking time.

Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes

Why cook sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker?

Cooking sweet potatoes in an electric pressure cooker has a few advantages over baking them.

  • It’s faster. Baking sweet potatoes takes nearly 1 hour when accounting for the oven preheat and 45 minute cook time. In a pressure cooker? It takes about 35 minutes total!
  • They come out perfectly cooked. Instant Pot sweet potatoes come out with a perfectly moist, velvety interior.
  • It’s totally hands off. Cooking sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker is totally hands off! Baking requires more steps (rubbing with oil and salt and pepper, checking for doneness, etc).
Easy Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Pressure Cooker Method)

How long does it take to cook sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot?

The cook time for Instant Pot sweet potatoes is 16 minutes. Wait, 16 minutes?! But hold on for one second. The Instant Pot requires about 10 minutes for “preheating” to come up to pressure before cooking. Then this recipe requires a 10 minute Natural Release for “cooling down”, where the pressure cooker releases the steam inside naturally.

What’s the total time for pressure cooker sweet potatoes? The total time for this recipe is 35 minutes. That’s pretty good compared to about 1 hour for baked sweet potatoes!

A final note: the timing for how to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot does depend on the size of the potatoes. This recipe is for medium to large potatoes, about 10 to 12 ounces each. For very large sweet potatoes, use about 18 minutes. Smaller potatoes could use less time, about 14 minutes.

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Top 3 ways to serve Instant Pot sweet potatoes

How can you serve Instant Pot sweet potatoes? Let us count the ways! We created our Thai sweet potatoes recipe especially for the pressure cooker method, and we get lots of messages on Instagram and from readers that they love it! Here are our three favorite ideas:

  1. Topped with Thai peanut butter sauce: These Sweet Potatoes with Thai Peanut Butter Sauce feature a crunchy cabbage and pepper slaw and lots of cilantro. They’ve become a fan favorite.
  2. Loaded, Mexican style: These Mexican Sweet Potatoes are topped with black bean salsa and creamy cilantro sauce.
  3. With Moroccan lentils: Try Healthy Sweet Potato with Moroccan Lentils, a warm-spiced mix of lentils drizzled with our best tahini sauce.

This recipe is…

This Instant Pot sweet potatoes recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar-free.

Last updated September 2019

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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (preheat)
  • Cook Time: 26 minutes (including natural release)
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large sweet potatoes

Description

Making Instant Pot sweet potatoes is fast and easy! Pressure cooker sweet potatoes come out perfectly every time; use them for lunches or weeknight dinners.


Ingredients

  • 4 medium to large sweet potatoes, about the same size (10 to 12 ounces)*

Instructions

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes. Place the stainless steel trivet into the Instant Pot, then place the potatoes on top. Add 1 cup water.
  2. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure 16 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time for 16 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. Wait while the Instant Pot cooks. (Note: During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Natural release for 10 minutes: After the Instant Pot beeps, wait for another 10 minutes to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure. (Tip: We set a timer for this part so we don’t forget!) After 10 minutes, vent any remaining steam by moving the vent to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. (The pressure indicator in the lid may drop on its own after 10 minutes, meaning that there is no remaining steam in the pot.)
  5. Open the lid and carefully remove the hot sweet potatoes with tongs. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Notes

*Important: this Instant Pot cook time was optimized for 4 medium to large sweet potatoes: do not use less than 4 sweet potatoes in the pot! (Promise: we tried it!)

  • Category: Pantry
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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When we first heard about the Instant Pot, we thought it was mainly helpful for cooking meat quickly. However, since we’ve learned that it’s helpful for vegetarian recipes too, we’re starting to build up some Instant Pot vegetarian recipes. For example, you can make rice, quinoa, dried beans, dried chickpeas, mashed potatoes, and even soups. Here are some of our favorites. What other Instant Pot vegetarian recipes would you like to see?

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