Sweet Vinegar Peanuts

Sticky, sweet vinegar peanuts make the most amazing party snack! Eat them warm or cold, these sweet and sour nuts are addictive and only take 15 minutes to make!


  • 2 cups cocktail peanuts
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Lay peanuts on a baking tray, flat and slightly spread out. Bake 8-10 minutes, until peanuts are golden brown. Keep a close eye on them after 6 minutes to ensure they do not burn.
  3. Turn the oven off, take the peanuts out and leave them on the tray to cool.

Making the sticky sauce:

  1. Put balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, 1 tsp mint leaves and cilantro in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a bubbly simmer and cook until the liquid has reduced by half (about 8-10 minutes).
  2. Pour sticky sauce over the peanuts and coat evenly using a spatula for about 2-3 minutes, until liquid cools down and sticks to the peanuts.
  3. Transfer peanuts to a bowl and top with remaining 1 tsp chopped mint leaves.
  4. Keep refrigerated until serving to keep the sticky sauce from melting.


This sweet vinegar peanut recipe is adapted from Martin Yan‘s China


Keywords: recipe, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free

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