How to Toast Walnuts

Toasted walnuts are crunchier and nuttier: you can taste the difference! Use them as a garnish for salads, veggies, or desserts. Here’s how to toast walnuts.

Toasted walnuts

If you’re not making toasted walnuts: start now! Toasting does two things for a nut: it makes it crunchier and it brings out its nutty flavor. Try a raw walnut vs one that’s toasted, and you can immediately taste the difference! Alex and I always make time to toast walnuts if we’re using them as a pancake topping or to throw on a salad. There are two major ways to do it, each with pros and cons — but both easy! Here’s how to toast walnuts: two ways.

Toasted walnuts: on the stove

Make toasted walnuts on the stove when you have a small quantity of nuts and want to make them quickly.

  • Pros: This method is so fast: it takes only 5 minutes!
  • Drawbacks: Toasting nuts on the stovetop can cook unevenly. You can also only fit about 1 cup in a skillet.
  • Basic stove method (go to recipe): Place the nuts in a dry skillet: don’t add oil! Heat over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Do not leave the stove because the nuts can burn very easily. (We know from experience!)
How to toast walnuts on the stove

How to toast walnuts: in the oven

Make toasted walnuts in the oven when you have time to preheat the oven! This method is also nice for quantities of walnuts that are larger than 1 cup.

  • Advantages: This method cooks the nuts more evenly than the stovetop method, and you can cook lots of nuts at once.
  • Drawbacks: You’ll need to wait for the oven to preheat: about 10 to 15 minutes!
  • Basic oven method (go to recipe): Preheat to 350 degrees and bake the nuts on a baking sheet about 7 to 8 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Again, don’t leave the oven because they can burn easily.
How to toast nuts in the oven

Ways to use toasted walnuts

Add a handful of toasted walnuts to a recipe to add a nutty crunch! They’re a versatile nut and work with both savory and sweet foods. Top them on a salad, sandwich or roasted vegetables. Or, go sweet with oatmeal, pancakes, or an ice cream sundae.

Oatmeal with walnuts

Storage info

Once you’ve got those toasted walnuts (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 temp for 1 week OR
  • Store refrigerated for 2 months.
  • Freeze to extend the life even further, up to 6 months or more.

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

Toasted walnuts

Walnuts nutrition

Eating walnuts is not just delicious: it’s good for you too! Walnuts are (source):

  • Good source of protein and fiber. Walnuts have lots of plant based protein and fiber (good for staying full). One handful (1 ounce) has 4 grams protein and 2 grams fiber.
  • High in omega-3s. They’re also a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid (2.5 grams).
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Toasted walnuts

How to Toast Walnuts


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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

Description

Toasted walnuts are crunchier and nuttier: you can taste the difference! Use them as a garnish for salads, veggies, or desserts. Here’s how to toast walnuts.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole walnuts or walnut pieces (or any quantity; for any more than 1 cup use the oven method)

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 slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 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 7 to 8 minutes until fragrant and slightly darker 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: Nuts

Keywords: Toasted walnuts, How to toast walnuts

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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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