How to Toast Nuts (2 Best Ways!)

Toasting nuts brings out their nutty flavor and makes them crunchier: you can taste the difference! Here’s how to toast nuts in the oven and on the stove.

How to toast nuts in the oven

Toasting nuts seems like an unnecessary extra step in recipes, but you can taste the difference! Many recipes call for toasted nuts like toasted pine nuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds. Why? Toasting heightens the nutty flavor and makes them even crunchier. It’s almost like adding salt to a recipe: it brings out the flavors and makes them more intense! Alex and I toast nuts when we’re adding them to top salads, roasted veggies, or even desserts like an ice cream sundae! There are two basic ways to toast nuts: on the stove and in the oven.

How to toast nuts on the stove

The quickest method for toasting nuts is on the stove! This method is nice because it’s fast and easy. Most nuts are done in about 3 to 5 minutes. The only drawback is that sometimes the nuts can cook a little unevenly. Also, you can also only toast as many nuts as fit in a single layer in your largest skillet. Here’s what to do:

  1. Place the nuts in a dry skillet in a single layer (don’t add oil!).
  2. Heat the nuts medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, until fragrant and golden (or one shade darker). The timing will depend on the type of nut (see below for the specific timing). Important: Do not leave the stove because the nuts can burn very easily. 
  3. Immediately remove the nuts to a plate to stop the cooking.
How to toast nuts on the stove

How to toast nuts in the oven

Toasting nuts in the oven is a great method because it’s very consistent. The only drawback is that you have to wait for the oven to preheat! This method is also nice for toasting quantities of nuts larger than 1 cup.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the nuts until fragrant and golden (or one shade darker). The timing is about 5 minutes for soft nuts like pine nuts and about 7 to 8 minutes for almonds, pecans and walnuts. Important: Stay attentive because the nuts can burn very easily. 
  • Immediately remove the nuts to a plate to stop the cooking.

Another use for leftover toasted nuts? Make Homemade Nut Butter!

Toasted nuts: 4 ways!

Ways to use toasted nuts

You can use toasted nuts in so many recipes, from savory to sweet! Here are some of our favorite ways to use them:

This toasted nuts recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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How to toast nuts in the oven

How to Toast Nuts (2 Ways!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

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Toasting nuts brings out their nutty flavor and makes them crunchier: you can taste the difference! Here’s how to toast nuts in the oven and on the stove.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup nuts of any type (pine nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc)

Instructions

  1. Stovetop method: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown or one shade darker, about 3 minutes for pine nuts and 4 to 5 minutes for harder nuts like pecans, walnuts and almonds. Stay at the stove because the nuts can easily burn! Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 5 minutes for pine nuts and 7 to 8 minutes for harder nuts like pecans, walnuts and almonds, until fragrant and golden brown or one shade darker, stirring once. Do not stray far from the oven, since the nuts can go from toasted to burned quickly. Remove immediately and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  3. Use immediately. Or, allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week and refrigerated at least 2 months. (You also can extend the life by freezing nuts.)

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Nuts

Keywords: How to toast nuts

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There are lots of other foods that taste better toasted! Here are a few:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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