How to Make Your Own Smoked Almonds Using Liquid Smoke

by Lisa Sefcik paralegal ; Updated August 14, 2017

A close-up of smoked almonds on a white counter.

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Liquid Smoke is a condiment that comes in handy when you long for a taste of the grill. Derived from the sawdust of woods such as hickory and mesquite, Liquid Smoke gives food color and natural flavor. Make your own smoked almonds with Liquid Smoke for your family's snacking pleasure or present them in a decorative container as a housewarming gift.

Place 1 1/2 cups raw almonds into an airtight container. Mix 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke and 2 tsp. water in a small bowl or cup. To give the nuts a spicier kick, add cayenne pepper or hot sauce. Pour over the almonds.

Stir the almonds, making sure the nuts are evenly coated. Alternately, you can seal the container with the lid and shake. Let stand covered overnight.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a glass baking dish and distribute them evenly.

Bake smoked almonds until just warm. Add the butter or olive oil, using a spatula to distribute it evenly.

Bake for between 40 and 45 minutes. Use the spatula to turn the smoked almonds frequently so they roast evenly.

Remove from heat. Add salt or salt substitute to taste. Let cool and store in a clean, airtight container until snack time rolls around.


  • Liquid Smoke contains very little sodium -- only 10 mg per tsp -- but a 1/2 tsp. table salt adds around 1,500 mg more. Use salt sparingly.

    Olive oil is a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and may be a better choice than butter, which contains saturated fat.

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About the Author

Lisa Sefcik has been writing professionally since 1987. Her subject matter includes pet care, travel, consumer reviews, classical music and entertainment. She's worked as a policy analyst, news reporter and freelance writer/columnist for Cox Publications and numerous national print publications. Sefcik holds a paralegal certification as well as degrees in journalism and piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.