Warm Nuts Recipe


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Tested out three ways, these delicious, easy nuts taste exactly like the warm nuts served on airplanes. Made with a delicious spice blend, they are designed to be reheated in the microwave or stovetop before serving! Naturally paleo, vegan, whole 30 compliant and gluten free! 

Airplane Style Warm Nuts- Tested out three ways, these nuts are a delicious appetiser or snack chock full of spices!

Rosemary Kristina– This one’s for you. 

The day I win the lottery and strike it rich, I shall be renaming myself to Nigel, buying a silver Ferrari and will request the best class seating on planes all the time. 

Especially the last one.

Having an Australian accent can have it’s perks, but also it’s downfalls. In 2012, it worked in my benefit which resulted in me having my seat upgraded.

I was in Los Angeles and boarding my flight to New York. I was accustomed to Australian airport systems which at the time (pre self check in, self everything days) required you to be at the airport 2-3 hours before a flight. In America, for interstate flights, I was only required to arrive 60 minutes before gates closed. My flight was scheduled for 3pm and there I was at 12pm. 

The check in counter was completely empty except for one lady whom was 65. I know this because she brought it up in our conversation. I walked up to the desk, feeling like a cheeseball for being ridiculously early. After the awkward niceties at the start we started conversing.

Airplane Style Warm Nuts- Tested out three ways, these nuts are a delicious appetiser or snack chock full of spices!

“Oh you’re from AUSTRALIA! I’ve always wanted to go there! Is it true you ride in kangaroo pouches?”


“No, haha, that’s just a silly rumour that’s become a global phenomenon. We actually ride in giraffes.”

Okay, so I didn’t actually say that. 

I told her about my reasoning for being there (my semester abroad) and how much I loved the country. She told me how she hated kids (lol) and had a puppy named ‘Kimchi.’

I already liked her. 

We continued conversing and I told her how I went to Whole Foods and was charged $12 for damn broccoli and she told me how you to make the most of your Starbucks order. 

Man, this lady was epic. 

She passed me my ticket, and we parted ways. I looked down at my ticket and my seat number was in the 10’s which meant I was no longer in economy- Kimchi’s owner had upgraded me to the best section on the aircraft. 

Oh Kimchi’s owner. You’re not epic. You’re gold.


The flight was amazing as was the extra space and legroom. The icing on the cake, however, were the inflight snacks. I was prepped for some generic pretzels and peanuts (which honestly, I wouldn’t have minded!) but here was the air hostess providing me with a bowl of warm, spiced nuts. Warm, spiced, GOURMET nuts. 

Airplane Style Warm Nuts- Tested out three ways, these nuts are a delicious appetiser or snack chock full of spices!

This recipe for airplane style warm nuts has been tested out using three different cooking methods and ALL tested out reheated both stovetop and in the microwave. The key is NOT to have them reheated and coming out either soft or over crispy. The three ways tested out were stovetop, oven roasted and in the slow cooker. That’s right- SLOW COOKER. To replicate the flavour of the airplane style nuts, I used a delicious spice blend based off sea salt, cumin, rosemary and a dash of cayenne- The final spice is optional but trust me- It adds a delicious zing. 

The best way to serve these (After the initial cook) is to microwave or toast over the stove (covered) on high heat and cooled slightly (covered) before serving.

Airplane Style Warm Nuts- Tested out three ways, these nuts are a delicious appetiser or snack chock full of spices!

Make these airplane style warm nuts and if you can’t use your accent to get a free upgrade, at least you have the nuts.

Warm nuts. (keke)

Airplane Warm Nuts Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Tested out three ways, these delicious, easy nuts taste exactly like the warm nuts served on airplanes. Made with a delicious spice blend, they are designed to be reheated in the microwave or stovetop before serving! Naturally paleo, vegan and gluten free!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes



Stovetop directions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the nuts, spices, salt and optional sugar and set aside.
  • Heat a pan on low heat with olive oil until hot. Add the spiced nut mixture and on low heat and covered, cook until golden and warm.

Oven Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and and line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and spread in a single layer on the pan and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until just golden.

Slow cooker directions

  • In a small bowl, mix the spices and oil and set aside.
  • Add the nuts to the slow cooker, cover in the spice/oil mixture until fully coated and cook on high for 30 minutes. Uncover and let sit for 30 minutes.

To reheat

  • Microwave the nuts for 1 minute or until very hot and remove and cover with a cloth or towel for 5 minutes before serving.
  • You can also do this stovetop by lightly toasting until hot WITHOUT added oil (continue to stir the entire time) and remove, cover for 5 minutes before serving.


Nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.
Try to consume warm nuts as is and not reheat previously reheated nuts- They do turn soggy.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 12gFat: 25gSodium: 1178mgPotassium: 708mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 216IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 6mgNET CARBS: 8g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

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Airplane Style Warm Nuts- Tested out three ways, these nuts are a delicious appetiser or snack chock full of spices!

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I’ve never had a good seat on an airplane and by guess I might never get to try the actual warm spiced nuts they serve, so clearly I’ll have to make this instead! That’s a pretty cool story!

  2. How many times can you say warm nuts, really?? Ok, now that my lack of maturity is out, I’m moving on….
    I’m borrowing your accent next time I travel. Please and thank you!

  3. I love how you use the slow cooker for this recipe. I’ve never had warm nuts on an airplane. And I’ve also never been upgraded before although I am always at the airport three hours prior to the flight. Must be my not so charming personality ;-P
    Whereas I could die for warm cashews in any Asian dish! Also rosemary and cayenne pepper sound perfect. Love me some spices 🙂

  4. go kimchis owner..i hope to meet her someday too 🙂 these nuts, i have got to have them.

  5. Ha! Warm nuts!
    I probably would call my cat that, as my 2 cats are called Chilli and Aristotle.

  6. So clearly I am not traveling the right way when I fly as I have only ever found a tiny bag of pretzels. And the quality is said pretzels is not even up to par with the store brand that I can get at my local grocery store. Not to mention the fact that there are like 5 tiny pretzels in the bag. 6 if it’s your lucky day. So these warmed nuts? Say what? I need to start flying first class apparently. Or maybe just bringing my own bag of nuts. I wonder if I can use one of those pocket hand warmers to warm these on the plane before I eat them? I say yes. Haha…well done on this one, my giraffe riding friend!

    1. YES. Okay genius idea- In Tokyo they have these hand warmers which would be perfect for that. Genius idea brewed?

  7. What. Ever. I’ve lived in America for 30 years and I’ve never been upgraded. You and your damn accent, getting all the perks.
    The nuts do look really good though, so I’ll try to contain my bitterness.

  8. LOL everyone has already beat me to the punch with all the warm nut comments! I have travelled loads and tried all the tricks in the book (wearing a suit – hey, I was travelling for business a lot – and getting to the airport early etc) but I’ve never had an upgrade, not even when the airline screwed up my ticket on my damn honeymoon! Definitely got jipped there.

  9. Not even gonna lie — I shoot the stank eye when they hand out nuts on planes, but I might be a little bit biased 😛 I forgive you because you didn’t toss peanuts in this mix, though <3

  10. tee hee!! THANK YOU for these, I cannot wait to show Jason. the best part? CASHEWS FOR DAAAAYYYS. I always eat the cashews out of mine, then give the rest to Jason. hey, he loves the almonds! 🙂

    cannot wait to try these – *every* time we have them on the airplane, we say “why don’t we make these at home?”

    1. Right? The silly microwave got a workout when testing the recipe to make sure it didn’t come out bloody soggy lol!

  11. I’ve definitely never been served anything like this on an airplane!! These look too good to be airplane food 🙂

  12. that lady sounds adorable!! sometimes the check in ladies/men can be SO helpful which is especially nice if you’re totally brand new to a country. I’ve had warmed nuts before, but not on a plane. They were delicious – thanks for all the different methods you posted!

    1. Linda! You’re very welcome- Just FYI my friend is making the cinnamon loaf and accompanying butter this weekend and I’m so excited for it!

  13. hahahaha WARM NUTS. God, I’m immature.

    And I’ve been upgraded on flights/hotels once or twice. Mama Sprinkles is a travel agent, which has it’s perks sometimes.

  14. Ok I literally have fantasies about getting upgraded on our flight to Perth – it would be simply incredible – not only for the flight but the Emirates lounge pre flight… I can only dream of the wonders that go on in there…
    Then again, maybe I will just pluck up the courage to ask at the check in desk if there is a chance of a free upgrade – don’t ask you don’t get eh?!
    Ps these nuts look amazing… First class Emirates style!

    1. Hahaha having worked for an airline, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for international upgrades but as you said, you’d never know!