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Toasted pine nuts add a nutty crunch to salads and pastas! Here’s how to toast pine nuts to bring out their unique nutty flavor.

Toasted pine nuts

Toasted pine nuts are our little secret to making recipes taste amazing. They add a warm, nutty essence and crunch to everything from salads to pasta to crostini. These Italian nuts are delicious on their own: but toast them up and they’re absolutely next level! As is true with any nut: toasting enhances the flavor. Here’s how to toast pine nuts! Once you’ve tried it once, you’ll find yourself using it again and again to enhance all your meals.

How to toast pine nuts on the stove

Make toasted pine nuts on the stovetop when you have a small quantity of nuts and want to make them quickly. Just a few minutes in a hot pan, and the flavor is even warmer and nuttier. Here’s what to know:

  • Pros and cons: This method is fast and it takes only 3 minutes! However, toasting nuts on the stovetop can cook unevenly, and it’s harder to toast large quantities.
  • How to do it (go to recipe): Place the nuts in a dry skillet (don’t add oil!). Heat over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Do not leave the stove because the nuts can burn very easily.
How to toast pine nuts on the stove

How to toast pine nuts in the oven

Make toasted pine nuts in the oven when you have time to preheat the oven! Choose this method if you want to make more than 1 cup toasted pine nuts.

  • Pros and cons: This method cooks the nuts more evenly than the stovetop method, and you can cook lots of nuts at once. It does take longer to cook, and you’ll need to wait for the oven to preheat first.
  • Basic oven method (go to recipe): Preheat to 350°F. Place the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet, then bake 5 minutes until golden and fragrant. Don’t leave the oven unattended because they can burn easily.
Baking sheet with nuts

Ways to use toasted pine nuts

Now for the fun part: how to use your toasted pine nuts! The sky is the limit with these babies. Alex and I have tried them on all the recipes below and highly endorse all of them. (Really!) Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Asparagus risotto

Storage for toasted pine nuts

Once you’ve got those beautifully toasted pine nuts (and your kitchen smells amazing), you can use them immediately! Here’s how to store leftovers, if you have them:

  • Cool fully and place in a sealed container. We use a small glass container with lid.
  • Store at room temperature for 1 week or refrigerated for 2 months.
  • Freeze to extend the life to up to 6 months or more.

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

Toasted pine nuts

Pine nuts fun facts

Lastly, here are some things to know about pine nuts:

  • Pine nuts are the seeds of pine trees! Yes, they literally come out of pine cones!
  • They’re also known as pignoli, the name in Italian.
  • Pine nuts are notoriously expensive because they’re difficult to harvest and only grown in a few regions of the world. If you can’t find them, here are several substitutes!
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Toasted pine nuts

How to Toast Pine Nuts

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


Toasted pine nuts add a nutty crunch to salads and pastas! Here’s how to toast pine nuts to bring out their unique nutty flavor.


  • 1 cup pine nuts (or any quantity; for any more than 1 cup use the oven method)


  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, about 3 minutes. 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 until fragrant and golden brown, 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: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Toasted pine nuts, How to toast pine nuts

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Thank you for this information. I love there is no added oil or salt. Why ruin an already good thing! Appreciate the storage info. That’s the part I was uncertain about.

  2. Hi. Love the recipes and I will be trying them soon; especially the Caponata! Sounds yummy!

    I grew up in New Mexico and you can now get pine nuts from New Mexico. They come from the Pinone Pine (the first n with a tilde over it) and are available in most southwest grocery stores now and on line. They are truly amazing in recipes.