Chinese Fried Walnuts


I am always asked to bring these Chinese-style candied walnuts whenever we have a get-together with family or friends. They are perfect on tables at a bridal or baby shower, and no one can ever figure out how they are made.

close up view of Chinese Fried Walnuts in a blue bowl, surrounded by more Chinese Fried Walnuts
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 pound shelled walnuts

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • vegetable oil for frying

  • salt to taste


  1. Place walnuts in a medium stock pot. Cover with water and boil for 2 minutes. Strain, but do not rinse. Transfer to a bowl and toss with sugar while still hot until well coated.

  2. Heat 3 inches of oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When oil appears to shimmer, fry 1 nut to test for heat. Nut should begin to sizzle immediately.

  3. Fry 1/3 of the batch of nuts at a time uncovered, 4 to 5 minutes. Toss nuts before each batch and repeat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer each batch to a cookie sheet to cool. Season to taste with salt and break apart when cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

474 Calories
43g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 474
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 55%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 167mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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