These two methods for How to Toast Walnuts are incredibly fast and easy! Plain or coated walnuts are quickly cooked in a skillet or baked in the oven for a simple and crunchy snack. Add these roasted nuts to a variety of recipes for the best flavor and texture.
Walnuts become buttery, golden, and ultra crunchy after toasting them in the oven.
Walnuts can definitely be eaten raw, but roasting them can really take their flavor game over the top!
The simple ingredients you need to make this toasted walnut recipe include:
- Walnuts. Raw walnuts are the only required ingredient for this recipe, the rest are optional. Make sure not to purchase already roasted nuts.
- Butter or Oil. Coat the walnuts in melted butter or olive oil before baking for a rich flavor.
- Salt. Sprinkle on a bit of sea salt to give the toasted walnuts more flavor.
- Seasonings. Get creative with other herbs and spices such as garlic salt, paprika, Blackened Seasoning or even Taco Seasoning would be amazing!
How to Toast Walnuts
The basic steps for making roasted walnuts are simple to follow. Please see the recipe card below for more detailed ingredient amounts.
Cover with Seasoning
Toss the nuts in any butter, oil, or seasoning ingredients you want to add before roasting.
Bake in Oven
If you are making more than 1 cup of roasted walnuts at a time using the oven is a must.
Line a large, lightly colored, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the walnuts out in a single layer on the sheet.
Toast them in the oven at 350°F for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
Cook on the Stove
When toasting a smaller batch of walnuts cooking them in a skillet is a faster and easier way to do it.
Preheat a medium or large, non-stick, dry skillet over medium-low heat.
Place 1 cup or less of walnuts in the skillet in a single layer.
Toast for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
You’ll know the walnuts are done toasting when you begin to smell their nutty aroma.
- To Store: Keep roasted nuts sealed and in a cool, dry place for the best results. They will last for 1-2 weeks if stored at room temperature, or 3-4 months if refrigerated.
- To Freeze: Seal in a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to a year.
Walnuts are full of dietary fiber and healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They also offer ALA which is a compound that is known to decrease inflammation and promote heart health. This makes them a filling and healthy snack option for almost everyone.
Yes, walnuts are tree nuts. Other tree nuts include almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pistachios. While not all tree nuts are created equal, those with a walnut allergy oftentimes are also allergic to pecans.
Fresh walnuts will emit a nutty aroma, whereas rancid walnuts give off a scent similar to paint thinner or rotten eggs.
Roasted walnuts will be softer while warm, but will become crispier once it returns to room temperature. While the walnuts are cooking the fats melt down and cause the meat of the nut to tenderize. However this process also draws out the extra moisture which results in a crunchier nut after it cools.
- Buy raw. Do not purchase nuts that are already roasted or they will overcook.
- Add flavor. Elevate the taste of your walnuts with butter, salt, or a variety of seasonings.
- Go light. Stay away from dark baking sheets to avoid burning.
- Line it. Parchment paper makes cleanup easy and enhances the crispness!
- Use your sniffer. A nutty aroma indicates the nuts are done.
- Prep extra. Store roasted walnuts in the freezer so you always have some on hand.
More Walnut Recipes
Now that you have tasty toasted walnuts it is time to put them to work! Make these delicious and easy recipes:
How to Toast Walnuts
These two methods for How to Toast Walnuts are incredibly fast and easy! Add these roasted walnuts to a variety of recipes for the best flavor and texture.
- 1-4 cups walnuts raw
- Butter or oil optional
- Salt or seasoning ingredients optional
If using butter, oil, or seasoning ingredients, toss walnuts in the mixture until lightly coated.
In the Oven:
Preheat oven to 350 °F.
Line a large, lightly colored baking sheet with parchment paper. Place walnuts in a single layer on the sheet.
Toast walnuts in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (A little less time if they are coarsely chopped prior to roasting.)
On the Stove:
Heat a medium to large, non-stick dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add no more than 1 cup of walnuts to the skillet in a single layer.
Toast nuts for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (A little less time if they are coarsely chopped prior to toasting.)
Store toasted walnuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1-2 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to a few months.
- Nutritional information is for 1 ounce of toasted walnuts, or roughly ¼ cup.