I teamed up with the California Walnuts to bring you this Spicy Asian Snack Mix Recipe! I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are mine alone.
Looking for a snack with a kick? A truly addictive party mix, the oriental flavors of Asia are combined to make a super crunchy, flavorful snack mix. Whether served at your next get together or just for one, you might want to double the recipe as you may find yourself eating it all night long!
Many snack mixes contain ingredients that are devoid of nutritional value. Cereal, pretzels, crackers, and candy pieces, I’m looking at you!
I included California Walnuts because they are a whole-food ingredient that contains omega-3 ALA (2.5 grams/ounce), protein (4 grams/ounce), fiber (2 grams/ounce), and magnesium (45 mg/ounce). It’s a highly nutritional ingredient and the main reason I make this snack mix for my kids.
What is hoisin sauce?
Basically, it’s like Asian BBQ sauce. Thick in texture, dark in color, and sweet & tangy in flavor, this sauce is made from fermented soybeans, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and those secret oriental spices. In Chinese cuisine, it is used as a glaze for meat, dipping sauce, or addition to stir-fries.
What are chow mein noodles?
Mein, or mian in Chinese, refers to noodles made from wheat. Those crunchy, slightly sweet noodles are widely available in grocery stores and online, and are even available gluten-free!
Where can I find these ingredients?
All Asian ingredients can be found in the Global or International aisle of most grocery stores. Dried wasabi peas are usually available by the pound in most supermarkets, often in the bulk foods section.
Don’t feel like lighting the stovetop?
Use the microwave instead! In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave on high in 30 second intervals until a few small bits remain. Stir to melt thoroughly, add the remaining sauce ingredients, and mix to combine. Toss with the remaining ingredients, bake, and enjoy!
Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes! This snack mix can be made up to 2 days ahead. If it just so happens to need a little re-crisping, reheat in a preheated 250 degree oven on a rimmed baking sheet for 10-15 minutes.
Spicy Asian Snack Mix Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
- 2 cups California walnuts
- 8 cups rice cereal squares
- 2 cups chow mein noodles
- 2 cups dried wasabi peas
- Adjust 2 oven racks to the upper third and lower third. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil for easy cleanup.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter, sugar, soy sauce, hoisin, sesame oil, garlic powder, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Stir until butter is melted and sauce is combined. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine walnuts, cereal, chow mein noodles, crackers, and dried peas. Drizzle with sauce mixture and toss well to coat.
- Divide evenly among rimmed baking sheets and spread into a single layer. Bake until crispy and fragrant, stirring every 15 minutes, for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely in pans.