From creamy pine nuts to crunchy peanuts, nuts are delicious and satisfying on their own. But when it comes to using nuts in baked goods and savory recipes, toasting your nuts is the way to go. When you toast nuts, it brings out the natural fats and oils, enhancing the nutty flavor. It also gives them a crisp exterior and soft interior, which is perfect for adding texture to a dish. Toasting nuts is simple to do and takes little to no time to complete, and it’s an important step that should never be skipped.
There are two methods for toasting nuts: in the oven or on the stove. You can use any kind of nut for either technique, and both are equally effective for achieving toasty perfection. It’s important to note though that nuts go from lightly toasted to burnt in less than a minute, so make sure to keep an eye on them and to toss them regularly. So here’s how to toast nuts!
1) In the Oven
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F and place the nuts on a dry baking sheet. Roast until the nuts are toasted and golden brown, making sure to toss every few minutes, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a bowl to cool.
2) One the Stove
Add the nuts to a dry sauté pan over medium high heat. Toss the nuts regularly until they begin to toast and become golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a bowl to cool.