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Fried Herbed Almonds

Pan Fried Almonds with Thyme

Thanksgiving is approaching faster than we know it, so I’m going to start sharing some of my tried and true holiday favorites. Appetizers are often the last thing people think of when it comes to holiday entertaining, but they’re actually an integral part of the meal. I like having them available so everyone has a snack to enjoy while waiting on the main attraction. This is especially helpful in case your turkey isn’t done when it should be or you need additional time to make the finishing touches on your sides.

When Eric and I hosted our Friendsgiving party last year, these almonds were the first thing to disappear (and that’s not just because they were the first thing served). The beauty of these is in their simplicity. Crunchy almonds flecked with thyme, coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. That’s it. They’re easy to snack on while drinking a glass of wine, and they pair wonderfully with a variety of cheeses (we served ours with Capricho de Cabra). Because they can be made ahead of time, they’re a great item to have on your holiday menu. Just be careful if you make them too far in advance because they might disappear before Thanksgiving arrives.

Pan Fried Almonds with Thyme

Fried Herbed Almonds

Yield: 2 cups

Fried Herbed Almonds

If you can't find blanched almonds, you can blanch your own by placing raw almonds in a bowl and covering with boiling water. Allow to sit for one minute, then drain and rinse under cold water. Turn onto a tea towel. Squeeze each almond between fingers to slip skin off.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups whole blanched almonds
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and light golden, 10-12 minutes. Stir in thyme and remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste, then pour onto a rimmed baking sheet to cool completely. Once cool, store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.


  • Fresh and Foodie

    Yum. I’ve had something similar before and they’re so addictive and delicious. Love these.

  • Liliana

    Looks good! I do the same but with Macadamia nuts; EVOO, Salt and fresh thyme.I bake them at 350F for about 5-7 min…soo good!

  • Kelsey

    These look so delicious. The pictures are absolutely beautiful!

  • elly

    These look fabulous, and sound delicious. Definitely hope to make them soon! I’m not hosting any dinner parties soon, but I see nothing wrong with inhaling them all while watching TV or something. :)

  • Nikki

    I’m one of the few that always thinks about appetizers no matter the occasion. :) I think these are a delightful addition to a Thanksgiving spread, or any party spread at that!

    By the way, the site looks fantastic! Glad it’s up and running smoothly. :)

  • Carrie

    These sound so simple and tasty! I love how they look from the olive oil. And I’m with you on the holiday appetizers – enjoying simple snacks like these with a glass of wine or something are some of my favorite times during the holidays.

  • Debbie

    My boyfriend and I have been coming to your blog for months but now seemed a great time to post congratulations on your forthcoming baby!

    Your recipes have been consistently delicious so thank you for providing many nights of tasty meals that are simple enough even for us less experienced cooks (especially the pumpkin spice syrup – SO good). The almonds were wonderful and so easy (minus the de-skinning…I could live without doing that again). Any suggestions for getting the skins looser? Half of ours were great and poofy, half were glued to the almond.

    PS Also LOVE the new layout – should definitely mention that too :)

  • Kat @ Sensible Lessons

    What a great snack to have when guests arrive for the holidays! Gorgeous pictures too!

  • Angie @ Bigbearswife

    ooo I just want to reach over and grab some!

  • Joi Delaney

    yummm! Where did you find the whole blanched almonds? I live in Virginia, too –Richmond — I checked Martin’s, but no luck! Thanks!

    • Courtney

      Joi, I’m pretty sure Whole Foods has them, but this time I got regular almonds from Trader Joe’s and blanched them myself.

  • Liz

    I just made these and OMG they are so good!

  • Erik

    Awesome for a quick, tasty snack

  • Susan

    would be delicious using spanish Marcona almonds. Fab recipe!

  • Tirabaralla

    Sounds yummy and I am gonna make them soon, thank you for sharing!