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How to Toast Walnuts

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Here's how to easily toast walnuts to use in salads, dips, and appetizers. They're easy to make and have great flavor after just a few minutes of toasting.

toasted walnuts in a small glass bowl

Why You Should Toast Walnuts

Toasted walnuts make a wonderful snack and are great in salads or as a garnish. Toasting nuts brings out their flavor.

You can easily toast nuts in advance and store them in an airtight container for up to a week. If you want to keep them longer, pop them in the freezer.

Toasting walnuts just takes a few minutes and it's totally worth it!

toasted walnuts on a baking sheet
toasted walnuts in a skillet

How to Use Toasted Walnuts

If you make some toasted walnuts, you can use them in all sorts of ways. Here are some of our favorite recipes with toasted walnuts.

Tips for Making this Recipe

  • Personally, I prefer toasting my walnuts in the oven as I think it gives them a more even toasting. However, if I have things baking in the oven - I toast walnuts using the stovetop method.
  • If you want to pep these walnuts up even more - toss them with a little olive oil or sprinkle them with spices like cinnamon, Chinese five spice, or aleppo pepper.
Yield: 1 cup

How to Toast Walnuts

toasted walnuts in a small glass bowl

Here's how to toast walnuts quickly and evenly! You can eat them as a snack or use them in salads, dips, or as a garnish.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts (pieces or whole)

Instructions

In the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
  2. Spread walnuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Remove and allow to cool before chopping or using.

On the Stovetop

  1. Toast walnuts over medium-low heat in a small skillet on the stove for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir occasionally and remove when walnuts are golden brown.
  3. Allow walnuts to cool before chopping or using in another dish.

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