How to Cook Black Walnut Meat

If you have access to a black walnut tree, or a source of black walnuts, they taste excellent when prepared correctly. This article explains how to cook black walnut meat, suitable to be enjoyed on its own, or as an accompaniment to dress up other food.


  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 pinches of steak seasoning
  • Extra water to add so the meat doesn't stick to the pan


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    After getting the walnut meat out of the shells, put it together in a small bowl.
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    Turn on the stove to medium heat. Get out a small frying pan.
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    Once the pan is heated up, place the walnut meat in and begin to cook. Have your small wooden spoon handy to stir so the walnut meat won't stick.
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    Once the walnut meat starts to get a tint of color to it, add the salt. By doing this now, you can ensure that it doesn't develop too much of an overpowering taste, but will still ensure a good flavor.
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    Finish cooking the walnut meat. Occasionally add some water; this will not only prevent sticking, but will help the meat stay nice and juicy.
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    Take the walnut meat out and put it on a small plate. Add whatever seasoning you want now – it's best to add the seasoning right away, so the flavor sinks in.


  • Try not to overcook the meat. It won't taste very good, and it is a waste of time.
  • Try different spices and styles. This will add a unique sense of taste to the snack.
  • If adding black walnuts to a recipe, be sparing as they have a very strong taste; combining one part black walnuts with three parts English walnuts will tone down the flavor.[1]


  • The walnuts will be hot, so let them cool before eating.

If you are starting with walnuts that are directly from the tree and still in their green casing, use rubber gloves. The casings contain a dark stain which is quite difficult to get off your hands and clothes. Remove the casing over newspaper, etc. so you can keep it off your counters. You might want to do this outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Plate
  • Small wooden spoon
  • Frying pan

Sources and Citations

  1. The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook, Black Walnut,

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