Many recipes call for toasted nuts— from cookies to salads. While it may not be crucial to the success of the recipe, toasting the nuts first intensifies their natural flavor and adds a little extra crunch. And it’s super easy to do!
How to Toast Nuts, Two Ways
In the oven— Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place nuts in a single layer on an ungreased sheet pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan every few minutes to rotate the nuts and promote even toasting. Nuts are done when they are golden brown and you can smell them. Remove from oven and let cool.
This method is best for larger batches of nuts.
On the stovetop— Place nuts in an ungreased pan over medium heat. Shake the pan often to rotate the nuts and promote even toasting. When nuts are golden brown and you can smell them, remove from heat. Be careful to watch them closely so they don’t burn.
This method is best for smaller batches of nuts.
Note: When the recipe requires chopped nuts, it’s best to toast them whole and chop them once they’ve cooled.