How to Toast Nuts

Upgrade your recipes with toasted nuts. Toasting nuts is a cooking skill everyone should know because so many recipes call for toasted nuts. If you've never toasted nuts or seem to always end up with burnt nuts (because you looked away for just one second!), use these directions on how to toast nuts on the stove in a skillet, or in the oven for perfect golden-brown nuts to add to baked goods, salads, sauces, pastas, and more.

How to Toast Nuts in the Oven

  • To toast whole nuts or large pieces, preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the nuts in a shallow pan.
  • Bake 5 to 10 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice.
  • Note: You can toast coconut the same way, but watch it closely so it doesn't burn. The fine pieces and higher sugar content allow it to toast quickly.

 

How to Toast Nuts in a Skillet

Toasting nuts on the stove is an even easier way to keep a close eye on nuts as they toast. Toast finely chopped nuts, seeds (such as sesame seeds), and small nuts such as pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often so they don't burn. You'll know they're close to done when you can start to smell them and they turn lightly brown.

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