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Sweet Vinegar Peanuts

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Chinese


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


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 116
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 149.2 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: recipe, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free

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