How to Quickly Soak Cashews

It’s been at least a year of making cashew-based recipes and I think we soaked the cashews overnight a whole ONE time. I mean, we’re really impatient. A whole 24-hours of soaking? C’mon – ain’t nobody got time for that.

Quick and Easy Method to Soften Soak and Sprout Raw Cashews

So to quickly soften up cashews just the same – we have an alternative method. All you need to do is place your cashews into a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, squirt some lemon juice in there (totally optional), remove from heat, and cover. Let that sit for about 15 minutes.

Quicker Way to Soak Cashews

Why lemon juice? I don’t really know. For some reason, it seems to make them softer and a cute little sprout comes out the end of some of them. Apparently, sprouting cashews are better for digestion and provides more nutrients.

Quickest Way to Soften Raw Cashews

We use this method for all our recipes that need softened cashews, like our creamy white wine lemon alfredo sauce, and the results are just the same as soaking them overnight – but better because it takes a fraction of the time 🙂

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How to Quickly Soak Cashews
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Soak cashews for 24 hours? Ain't nobody got time for that! This is the quick and easy method for the all the impatient people out there (like us!)

Course: Ingredient
Author: Pasta-based
  • cashews
  • water
  • squirt lemon juice optional
  1. Place cashews in a small pot and cover with water. Bring water to boil.

  2. Cover and remove from heat.

  3. Soak cashews for 15 minutes. Drain.

March 28, 2017



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    Amy Stafford

    February 9, 2018

    Thank you so much for this! I always seem to find recipes that call for soaked cashews at 5:00 on the afternoon, when it’s too late to use them for a dinner recipe.

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    April 9, 2018

    Thank you going to use this’

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    Katrina Gifford

    August 29, 2018

    I’m so glad I found this. I tend to snack a lot, fairly healthy things but my new craving is veggie fried rice. I like to add extra egg for the protein and I remember once I tried the rice at some place and they had cashews in theirs it was delicious. I’ve tried but hard cashews just aren’t the same so going in now to make up a big batch. I can’t believe how quickly they can be softened!!! Thanks so much!

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      August 29, 2018

      That’s awesome you found this recipe useful! Thanks for your comment! Yaknow…. you might also like roasted cashews, they are my favorite for veggie fried rice. Just roast the cashews at 450F in the oven for 5-8 minutes, until they start to brown. They will still be a little hard but not as bad as raw cashews and they have a delicious roasted flavor.

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    September 17, 2018

    Hi, I’ve done that a few times now and it’s great! Such a time saver and the results are excellent. Thank you for sharing.

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    February 12, 2019

    Can you use the same method for almonds?

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    May 28, 2019

    This worked perfectly for a vegan/gluten free cashew cheesecake I recently made (! Thanks for the time saving tip, it meant I had time to actually make the dessert I wanted for a birthday celebration a few hours later (last minute planner) – very much appreciated and enjoyed 🙂 I can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes, they look amazing!