The easy way to toast nuts & seeds

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How to toast nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds get even more delicious when toasted in a skillet or oven. Toasting intensifies their rich flavor and releases their enticing aromas.
Toasting nuts and seeds: Oven and stovetop methods

When a recipe calls for toasted nuts or seeds, make an extra batch and toss a handful into your next salad, vegetable dish or dessert.

Roasting nuts - Hazelnuts
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Toasting nuts & seeds – Oven method

Best for larger nuts like almonds and walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F. Spread nuts on a dry, ungreased baking sheet. Place in oven and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant.

Estimated cooking times: Seven to eight minutes for pecans and walnuts, slightly longer for almonds and filberts.

Toasting nuts & seeds – Stovetop method

Best for seeds, chopped nuts, and smaller nuts like pignolias

Place nuts or seeds in a dry, ungreased nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant.

Watch carefully — they will brown quickly.

Michele Borboa Stafford, MS

Michele Borboa Stafford, MS

Michele is an editor, writer, health/fitness expert, personal chef, wife, mother, dog lover, and resident of Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the book, Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy.

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