How to Eat Macadamia Nuts

How to Eat Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are a type of tree nut that have a subtle, buttery flavor and a creamy, lightly crunchy texture. Like many other types of nuts, macadamia nuts can be a great source of nutrition when you eat them in moderation. They also happen to be one of the most expensive kinds of nuts, so you’ll want to make sure you find the best deal on them, use them sparingly, and don’t let any go to waste! For a quick snack, you can eat macadamia nuts raw or roasted. You can also use them in all kinds of recipes, from salads to desserts, to add a tasty crunchy element as well as more vitamins and nutrients.

Method 1 of 3:
Buying and Storing Macadamia Nuts

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Purchase macadamia nuts in bulk to save money. Macadamia nuts are one of the most expensive nuts you can buy, so buy them in bulk instead of in small packages, if possible. Look around for macadamia nuts in the bulk food section of different super markets or natural food stores in your area. [1] X Research source Macadamia nuts can cost twice as much per 1 lb (0.45 kg) as other nuts like almonds.
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Choose raw macadamia nuts if you want the most nutrition. Raw nuts provide the most nutritional value and have the least additives. Buy raw macadamia nuts for a healthy snack. [2] X Research source Macadamia nuts contain healthy unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamin B6, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and selenium. When you’re shopping for raw macadamia nuts, look for packaging or labels that say “raw” or “unroasted.”

Tip: You can also buy raw macadamia nuts if you want to roast them yourself at home. Roasting nuts at home gives you more control over what’s in them, so you can keep them as healthy as possible.

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Get roasted macadamia nuts if you want a more flavorful snack. Roasted macadamia nuts come in many different flavors for you to choose from when you want a ready-to-go snack. Keep in mind that this is likely the most expensive way to buy macadamia nuts and roasted nuts also have more additives that can make them less healthy. [3] X Research source If you’re shopping for roasted macadamia nuts, try to find some that were not roasted in vegetable oil, which is an unhealthy type of oil.
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Keep open macadamia nuts in a sealed bag or container in a cool, dry place. Transfer macadamia nuts from an open package to something like a zip-top plastic bag or a container with a lid. Put the bag or container somewhere cool and dry, such as a pantry or kitchen cupboard. [4] X Research source If you purchased a package of macadamia nuts that is sealable, you can keep the nuts in that. Just make sure to close it up tightly after eating some macadamia nuts and put it away in a cool, dark spot. Macadamia nuts will stay good for about 2-4 weeks when you store them like this. This applies to both raw and roasted macadamia nuts.
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Freeze macadamia nuts for up to 1 year if you won’t eat them in 2-3 weeks. Transfer your extra macadamia nuts to a sealable freezer bag, squeeze the air out, and close it. Stick the bag in your freezer to keep the nuts good for up to 1 year. [5] X Research source Macadamia nuts freeze very well and shouldn’t lose any of their quality if you store them in a freezer. Because of the high unsaturated fat content of macadamia nuts, they can go rancid after a few weeks if they’re left at room temperature. It’s best to freeze any you don’t think you’ll be eating or you might end up letting some expensive nuts go to waste! You can freeze either raw or roasted macadamia nuts.
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Method 2 of 3:
Roasting Macadamia Nuts

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Preheat your oven to 275 °F (135 °C). Set your oven to bake and turn the temperature dial to 275 °F (135 °C). Let it preheat for about 10-15 minutes. [6] X Research source If you want to roast the nuts faster, you can preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Keep in mind that it’s easier to burn the nuts at a higher temperature, so you’ll have to pay close attention to them and not let them stay in the oven too long.[7] X Research source
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Spread an even layer of raw macadamia nuts on an unoiled baking sheet. Dump the macadamia nuts in the middle of the baking sheet. Spread them out, so they are in a single flat, even layer to ensure that the nuts roast evenly. [8] X Research source You don’t need to oil the baking sheet or coat the nuts in oil because macadamia nuts already contain plenty of natural oils.

Tip: Remove any nuts that are particularly bigger or smaller than the majority of the nuts, so there won’t be any macadamia nuts that roast faster or slower than the rest.

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Bake the macadamia nuts in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they are golden. Carefully slide the tray onto an oven rack in the middle of your preheated oven. Remove the tray after 20-30 minutes, or when the nuts turn a light golden-brown color. [9] X Research source If you chose to roast the nuts at 350 °F (177 °C), check on them after 8 minutes. They will be done in about 8-10 minutes.[10] X Research source
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Stir the nuts once about halfway through their roasting time. Take the baking sheet out of the oven after 10-15 minutes. Use a large spoon or other utensil to stir the nuts around on the sheet, then put it back in the oven. [11] X Research source This will help the nuts roast more evenly. If you’re roasting your macadamia nuts at 350 °F (177 °C), stir them after 4-5 minutes.
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Toss the nuts in salt and seasonings of your choice if you want to add flavor. Put the roasted macadamia nuts in a large bowl. Sprinkle them with salt and any other seasonings you want to suit your tastes, then toss the nuts with your hands or tongs to coat them evenly. [12] X Research source For example, you could add paprika or cayenne to make the nuts a bit spicy. Or, you could sprinkle them with some sugar to make a salty-sweet variety. If you’re going to toss the nuts with your hands, let them cool down for 5-10 minutes before you touch them. If you’re going to use tongs to toss them, you can do this right after they come out of the even.
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Method 3 of 3:
Trying Macadamia Nuts in Different Recipes

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Add roasted macadamia nuts to a salad for some crunchy flavor. Toss a handful of roasted macadamia nuts into a bowl of salad or sprinkle a spoonful on top of a serving. They will add a rich taste and texture to any kind of salad. [13] X Research source For example, you could use roasted macadamia nuts as a low-carb alternative to croutons in something like a caesar salad.
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Substitute macadamia nuts for pine nuts in pesto for an alternative flavor. Use the same amount of macadamia nuts as the amount of pine nuts that your pesto recipe calls for. Macadamia nuts provide a similar crunchy texture to that of pine nuts, but add a buttery flavor that’s all their own. [14] X Research source You could even use a mix of half-and-half pine nuts and macadamia nuts in your basil to combine even more textures and flavors.
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Garnish hearty-healthy soups with macadamia nuts for extra flavor and texture. Try topping something like a carrot or butternut squash soup with a spoonful of whole or chopped macadamia nuts. Either roasted or raw macadamia nuts will work for this. [15] X Research source This works best with thicker, blended soups. Any kind of blended squash or pumpkin soup, for example, pairs well with macadamia nuts.

Tip: You could even blend about 1/2 cup (62.5 g) of macadamia nuts into any hearty soup recipe to incorporate them even more into the soup.

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Bake macadamia nut cookies for a tasty dessert option. Find a macadamia nut cookie recipe or add about 1/3 cup (41.6 g) to 1/2 cup (62.5 g) of macadamia nuts to any of your favorite cookie recipes. The nuts will add a healthy crunch and a boost of rich flavor to your cookies. [16] X Research source You don’t have to stop at cookies! Feel free to bake macadamia nuts into other desserts like brownies and cakes. You can use macadamia nuts in place of any other kind of nut in different desserts, or simply experiment with adding them to your favorite tried-and-true dessert recipes.
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Method 1 of 3:
Buying and Storing Macadamia Nuts

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Purchase macadamia nuts in bulk to save money. Macadamia nuts are one of the most expensive nuts you can buy, so buy them in bulk instead of in small packages, if possible. Look around for macadamia nuts in the bulk food section of different super markets or natural food stores in your area. [1] X Research source Macadamia nuts can cost twice as much per 1 lb (0.45 kg) as other nuts like almonds.
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Choose raw macadamia nuts if you want the most nutrition. Raw nuts provide the most nutritional value and have the least additives. Buy raw macadamia nuts for a healthy snack. [2] X Research source Macadamia nuts contain healthy unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamin B6, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and selenium. When you’re shopping for raw macadamia nuts, look for packaging or labels that say “raw” or “unroasted.”

Tip: You can also buy raw macadamia nuts if you want to roast them yourself at home. Roasting nuts at home gives you more control over what’s in them, so you can keep them as healthy as possible.

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Get roasted macadamia nuts if you want a more flavorful snack. Roasted macadamia nuts come in many different flavors for you to choose from when you want a ready-to-go snack. Keep in mind that this is likely the most expensive way to buy macadamia nuts and roasted nuts also have more additives that can make them less healthy. [3] X Research source If you’re shopping for roasted macadamia nuts, try to find some that were not roasted in vegetable oil, which is an unhealthy type of oil.
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Keep open macadamia nuts in a sealed bag or container in a cool, dry place. Transfer macadamia nuts from an open package to something like a zip-top plastic bag or a container with a lid. Put the bag or container somewhere cool and dry, such as a pantry or kitchen cupboard. [4] X Research source If you purchased a package of macadamia nuts that is sealable, you can keep the nuts in that. Just make sure to close it up tightly after eating some macadamia nuts and put it away in a cool, dark spot. Macadamia nuts will stay good for about 2-4 weeks when you store them like this. This applies to both raw and roasted macadamia nuts.
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Freeze macadamia nuts for up to 1 year if you won’t eat them in 2-3 weeks. Transfer your extra macadamia nuts to a sealable freezer bag, squeeze the air out, and close it. Stick the bag in your freezer to keep the nuts good for up to 1 year. [5] X Research source Macadamia nuts freeze very well and shouldn’t lose any of their quality if you store them in a freezer. Because of the high unsaturated fat content of macadamia nuts, they can go rancid after a few weeks if they’re left at room temperature. It’s best to freeze any you don’t think you’ll be eating or you might end up letting some expensive nuts go to waste! You can freeze either raw or roasted macadamia nuts.
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Method 2 of 3:
Roasting Macadamia Nuts

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Preheat your oven to 275 °F (135 °C). Set your oven to bake and turn the temperature dial to 275 °F (135 °C). Let it preheat for about 10-15 minutes. [6] X Research source If you want to roast the nuts faster, you can preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Keep in mind that it’s easier to burn the nuts at a higher temperature, so you’ll have to pay close attention to them and not let them stay in the oven too long.[7] X Research source
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Spread an even layer of raw macadamia nuts on an unoiled baking sheet. Dump the macadamia nuts in the middle of the baking sheet. Spread them out, so they are in a single flat, even layer to ensure that the nuts roast evenly. [8] X Research source You don’t need to oil the baking sheet or coat the nuts in oil because macadamia nuts already contain plenty of natural oils.

Tip: Remove any nuts that are particularly bigger or smaller than the majority of the nuts, so there won’t be any macadamia nuts that roast faster or slower than the rest.

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Bake the macadamia nuts in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they are golden. Carefully slide the tray onto an oven rack in the middle of your preheated oven. Remove the tray after 20-30 minutes, or when the nuts turn a light golden-brown color. [9] X Research source If you chose to roast the nuts at 350 °F (177 °C), check on them after 8 minutes. They will be done in about 8-10 minutes.[10] X Research source
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Stir the nuts once about halfway through their roasting time. Take the baking sheet out of the oven after 10-15 minutes. Use a large spoon or other utensil to stir the nuts around on the sheet, then put it back in the oven. [11] X Research source This will help the nuts roast more evenly. If you’re roasting your macadamia nuts at 350 °F (177 °C), stir them after 4-5 minutes.
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Toss the nuts in salt and seasonings of your choice if you want to add flavor. Put the roasted macadamia nuts in a large bowl. Sprinkle them with salt and any other seasonings you want to suit your tastes, then toss the nuts with your hands or tongs to coat them evenly. [12] X Research source For example, you could add paprika or cayenne to make the nuts a bit spicy. Or, you could sprinkle them with some sugar to make a salty-sweet variety. If you’re going to toss the nuts with your hands, let them cool down for 5-10 minutes before you touch them. If you’re going to use tongs to toss them, you can do this right after they come out of the even.
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Method 3 of 3:
Trying Macadamia Nuts in Different Recipes

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Add roasted macadamia nuts to a salad for some crunchy flavor. Toss a handful of roasted macadamia nuts into a bowl of salad or sprinkle a spoonful on top of a serving. They will add a rich taste and texture to any kind of salad. [13] X Research source For example, you could use roasted macadamia nuts as a low-carb alternative to croutons in something like a caesar salad.
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Substitute macadamia nuts for pine nuts in pesto for an alternative flavor. Use the same amount of macadamia nuts as the amount of pine nuts that your pesto recipe calls for. Macadamia nuts provide a similar crunchy texture to that of pine nuts, but add a buttery flavor that’s all their own. [14] X Research source You could even use a mix of half-and-half pine nuts and macadamia nuts in your basil to combine even more textures and flavors.
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Garnish hearty-healthy soups with macadamia nuts for extra flavor and texture. Try topping something like a carrot or butternut squash soup with a spoonful of whole or chopped macadamia nuts. Either roasted or raw macadamia nuts will work for this. [15] X Research source This works best with thicker, blended soups. Any kind of blended squash or pumpkin soup, for example, pairs well with macadamia nuts.

Tip: You could even blend about 1/2 cup (62.5 g) of macadamia nuts into any hearty soup recipe to incorporate them even more into the soup.

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Bake macadamia nut cookies for a tasty dessert option. Find a macadamia nut cookie recipe or add about 1/3 cup (41.6 g) to 1/2 cup (62.5 g) of macadamia nuts to any of your favorite cookie recipes. The nuts will add a healthy crunch and a boost of rich flavor to your cookies. [16] X Research source You don’t have to stop at cookies! Feel free to bake macadamia nuts into other desserts like brownies and cakes. You can use macadamia nuts in place of any other kind of nut in different desserts, or simply experiment with adding them to your favorite tried-and-true dessert recipes.
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