The powder used to coat the pecans in this recipe was inspired by spicy Creole boiled shrimp. Using dried shrimp (which are easy to find at Asian markets) makes the process easy. All you do is roast the shrimp in the oven to get them really dried out, add a little lemon zest, and grind everything together in a spice or coffee grinder. Mix the shrimp powder with your favorite Creole seasoning and toss with roasted pecans. Try making this snack for tailgating, Mardi Gras, or as an unexpected party hors d’oeuvre. The salty, briny, spicy flavor of the crunchy pecans makes a surprisingly addictive drinking snack.
Special equipment: You’ll need a very clean coffee or spice grinder for this recipe.
What to buy: Dried shrimp are tiny shrimp that are boiled, salted, and then dried in the sun to add a salty, fishy flavor to many dishes. Look for them in Asian markets or online. Be sure to get brightly colored shrimp, buy them in small quantities to ensure freshness, and store them in the refrigerator.
Creole seasoning is generally a mix of salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, and dried thyme, but it can vary from brand to brand. Because most brands contain salt, be sure to taste the seasoning mix before adding any additional salt or seasoning to the pecans. We like Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning for this recipe.
This recipe was featured as part of our Crazy DIY Flavored Nuts for March Madness.