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Black Walnut Crema

Black walnuts give this creamy condiment nutty and smokey flavors. Use it to dress crunchy vegetables and accent bold flavors in proteins.

What to do with Black Walnuts

For many, the strong earthy-smokey-bitter flavors of black walnuts can be overpowering and challenging to cook with. We find it best to temper their flavor with a little acidity and sweetness – and what better way than to make a creamy condiment with a thousand uses? Try this crema drizzled on slaws, nachos, roasted root veggies, and animal proteins – it will add layers of savory smokiness without overpowering the rest of the dish.

Do I Need to Soak Black Walnuts?

If you’re in a hurry, you can make this recipe without soaking overnight, but be prepared for some texture in the end result. If you want to achieve smooth, drippable creamy bounciness, you’ll need to soak the nuts. And a note on that: don’t use the soaking liquid as the water when you blend the crema – it will bring out too many bitter notes in the end product.

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5 from 2 votes

Black Walnut Crema

Black walnuts give this creamy condiment nutty and smokey flavors. Use it to dress crunchy vegetables and accent bold flavors in proteins.
Total Time5 mins
Course: Condiment, Dressing
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Black Walnut, Condiment, Crema, Vegan
Yield: 1 cup
Author: JB Douglas

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Materials

  • 3/4 cup black walnuts [or 3/4 cup walnuts]
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp lime juice [from about 1/2 lime]
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • 1. Soak the black walnuts in 2 cups of water overnight. Drain.
  • 2. Add the soaked black walnuts, 6 tbsp water, lime juice, salt, and sugar to a blender. Blend until smooth and homogenous.
  • 3. With the blender running on low, slowly drizzle in 2 tbsp of olive oil. If the mixture is too thick, thin with water. Adjust seasoning and acidity with salt and lime as needed.

3 thoughts on “Black Walnut Crema”

  1. 5 stars
    I feel silly fan-buying over all of these recipes. but I can’t help it… they are incredible. this black walnut recipe is unbelievable!

  2. JB here! How’s this recipe look to you? Gimme some thoughts and feedback here in the comments (especially if you make it!)

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