Want to learn how to roast your own nuts at home? We’ve got a basic roasted nuts recipe, plus six delicious variations to get you started.
A recent study found that three tablespoons of nuts per day helps protect you from disease, and a handful of delicious roasted nuts is the perfect way to get your daily serving. Store-bought seasoned, roasted nuts are pricey, though, and they often contain preservatives and other ingredients that you don’t want in your pantry.
Here is a basic recipe for how to roast your own nuts, so you can season them any way you like. Below, I’ve rounded up six specific recipes for roasted nuts to give you some flavor inspiration!
Before we get to the basic recipe, let’s talk about making roasted nuts at home. There are a few things to keep in mind:
- It is very easy to burn nuts in the oven. During the last bit of cooking time, you’ll want to check on them frequently, tasting to see if they’re done. Your nuts are done roasting when they’re crunchy on the outside but still slightly soft in the middle. They’ll harden more as they cool.
- Stir, stir, stir. To cook your roasted nuts evenly, you need to stir at least every 5 minutes. Don’t skip the stirring!
- Cooking time varies. Cooking time can vary depending on the type of nuts you choose and their size. Whole cashews, for example, roast much more slowly than “halves and pieces.” Just keep stirring and tasting!
- Store properly. Let your roasted nuts cool completely right on the baking sheet. When they are totally cooled, transfer to an airtight container. Officially, they will keep for 2-3 days, but just between us, I just polished off some Maple-Roasted Almonds that had been on my counter for a week.
Serves 9 (one serving = 3 tablespoons)
2 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
22 minTotal Time
- 2 cups raw nuts
- 1-2 tablespoons oil of your choice
- up to a teaspoon of salt, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Toss together the nuts, oil, and salt (if using) right on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-20 minutes*, stirring every 5 minutes. When you hit the 15 minute mark, you’ll want to start checking in every 1-2 minutes, grabbing a nut to taste for doneness.
- Your nuts are done when they’re hard on the outside and still slightly soft just in the center. Nuts continue cooking after you take them out of the oven, so it’s OK if they’re not totally hard all the way through when you pull them out. They’ll harden as they cool. It’s easy to burn nuts when you’re roasting them, so check often, and make sure not to overcook!
*Total cooking time will vary, depending on the type of nuts you’re roasting, and this method works best for substantial nuts, like peanuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds, or pecans. Just keep checking for doneness when you open the oven to stir. Smaller, more delicate nuts, like pine nuts, won’t work as well.
6 Recipes for Roasted Nuts
Need some recipe ideas to get you started? Check out these delicious ways to make roasted nuts!
Addictive, sweet-and-salty, maple-roasted almonds are a fun way to sneak in that daily serving of nuts.
Vegans will turn anything into bacon, including cashews! These sweet-and-smoky roasted cashews are lovely on salads and sandwiches — or for snacking by the handful.
Starr’s mixed nuts recipe is deeply seasoned and so, so simple to make. Choose your own favorite taco spice mix to customize it!
Kristina combines spicy Korean red pepper flakes with a touch of maple syrup to create an addictive roasted nuts recipe!
Mel uses aquafaba as the base for her delicious candied coating. If you’re new to cooking with aquafaba, don’t worry. I bet that you already have it in your kitchen, and you don’t even know it.
Raid your rosemary plant to make these earthy, spiced roasted nuts from Go Dairy Free!
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