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.



  1. Reply

    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’