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The next time you’re out picking up groceries, add a few extra ingredients to your cart and make roasted nuts at home. This tasty, healthy snack is easy and simple to make.

Roasted nuts are a delicious snack and a great addition to many recipes. They add crunch and texture to baked goods and enhance the flavour of salads and pasta dishes. Roasted nuts are even a good topping on breakfast foods like cereal and yogurt.

Part of the protein food group, nuts are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and vitamin E. Roasting nuts releases their essential oils, making them more fragrant, crunchier and stronger flavoured.

Dry vs. oil roasting

It’s preferable to dry roast nuts intended to be used in baking: dry roasting avoids adding unwanted oils to the recipe. Oil roasting is great for nuts that will be used in a salad or as a snack.

For additional flavour and crispness, coat the nuts with a light layer of extra-virgin olive oil or with their own root oil.

Task overview:

  • Estimated time: 10 minutes
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Number of people required: 1

Roasting methods

Roasting methods

  1. Roasting nuts in the oven.
  2. Roasting nuts in a pan.
  3. Roasting nuts in a microwave.
  4. Roasting nuts on an open fire or BBQ.
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Roasting nuts in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 350 ˚F (180˚C).
  • Spread out the nuts in a single layer on a baking tray and place the tray on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Check frequently and stir the nuts around occasionally.
  • Remove the tray from oven when the nuts become fragrant and begin to brown (about 5-10 minutes depending on the type).
  • Remove the nuts from the tray immediately and place them on a plate to cool so they don’t continue to cook.
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Roasting nuts in a pan

Roasting nuts in a pan on the stove is another easy way to bring out their hidden flavours.

  • Heat a frying pan using a medium-high setting.
  • Once the pan is hot, add a single layer of nuts.
  • Stir the nuts frequently to avoid burning them.
  • Remove the pan from the heat when the nuts are golden brown and aromatic.
  • Transfer the nuts to a plate immediately so they don’t continue to cook.
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Roasting nuts in a microwave

Roasting nuts in a microwave is another easy method, although it doesn’t make the nuts as crisp and brown as pan and oven roasting do.

  • Spread out the nuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Place the plate in the microwave and heat on full power for 1 minute intervals until the nuts are fragrant.
  • Cooking time will depend on the type of nut.
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Roasting nuts on an open fire or BBQ

Roasting nuts such as hazel nuts or chestnuts on a barbeque or fire pit adds a touch of smoky flavour.

  • Leaving the nuts in their shells, place them in a fire-safe pot or BBQ basket.
  • Put the pot on the barbecue or hot coals and stir the nuts frequently until they’re lightly browned and fragrant.

Nut Roasting Tips

Nut Roasting Tips

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  • Add a light coating of honey before roasting cashews or almonds to make a sweet and savoury treat.
  • Lightly coat nuts with oil and add spices before roasting to create your own unique flavour profiles.
  • Add roasted pine nuts to pasta dishes and salads to make them even more delicious.
  • When roasting raw pistachio nuts, boil them first in a salt brine for about 30 minutes.
  • Add a light coating of honey before roasting cashews or almonds to make a sweet and savoury treat.
  • Lightly coat nuts with oil and add spices before roasting to create your own unique flavour profiles.
  • Add roasted pine nuts to pasta dishes and salads to make them even more delicious.
  • When roasting raw pistachio nuts, boil them first in a salt brine for about 30 minutes.

Next time you’re in the kitchen, set aside a few minutes to pick up a new skill: roasting nuts. It’s quick, easy and simple, and the results will leave your mouth watering for more.

Just make sure you roast a bit extra for when the cravings hit!

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