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How to Toast Nuts on the Stove

Toasting nuts before you use them to bake or make pesto brings out their intense richness. It gives the nut a deeper, nuttier flavor. Although many recipes say to toast the nuts in the oven, you can just as simply toast them on the stove. Since I'm usually toasting a small amount, I actually prefer to toast them on the stove because they are less likely to burn. Here's the technique I practice:

  • Heat a large dry frying pan — you want all of the nuts to fit in a single layer — over medium-high heat.
  • Add the whole nuts and toast, stirring often. When they are fragrant with a light-brown color, remove from the heat. It shouldn't take longer than a couple of minutes.
  • Let nuts cool on a plate or paper towels before using.

How about you? What's your nut-toasting technique?

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hl hl 9 years
just bought pine nuts to add to my couscous. cannot wait to add the toasted nuts...
Advah Advah 9 years
I usually do it in the oven, and just grill almonds or hazelnuts.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tips...
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
I would also add, "Don't leave the stove unattended!" The nuts can go from nice and toasty to burnt in a matter of seconds.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I like to do it on the stove also. It's so quick and easy!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I usually do stove top but last night I did walnuts in toaster oven and turned out exceptional. I don't believe the nuker would work so well since it turns pizza soggy - just my opinion.
andrennabird andrennabird 9 years
On Katheats.com she said she roasts her nuts in the microwave! I'd never heard of that before. I'm a little hesitant, though, I'm not a big microwave fan.
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