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.
Black Walnut Crema
read time
1 minutes


Total Time
5 minutes
Black Walnut, Condiment, Crema, Vegan
American, Mexican


Black Walnut Crema Ingredients
- 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


Step 1 - Black Walnut Crema Step 1

1. Soak the black walnuts in 2 cups of water overnight. Drain.

Step 2 - Black Walnut Crema Step 2

2. Add the soaked black walnuts, 6 tbsp water, lime juice, salt, and sugar to a blender. Blend until smooth and homogenous.

Step 3 - Black Walnut Crema Step 3

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.

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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