wikiHow to Roast Flaxseeds

Two Methods:Roasting Flaxseeds in a SkilletRoasting Flaxseeds in the Oven

Flaxseed is a versatile and healthy addition to all your meals. Roasted flaxseed contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which your body cannot produce. Eating roasted flaxseed on a regular basis is a great way to add Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein to your diet. You can consume it in whole seed, milled or oil form. Roasting or grinding flaxseeds breaks the hard seed coat, which is very difficult to break while chewing. The nutrients of flaxseed are contained within the seed, so breaking the seed coat will make the nutrients easier for you to digest. Unground flaxseed will simply pass through your digestive system intact and you will absorb very little of its nutritional benefits.


Servings: 1 to 2
Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) flaxseeds

Method 1
Roasting Flaxseeds in a Skillet

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    Put the flaxseeds in a hot, dry skillet on medium heat.
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    Stir them frequently for 5 to 7 minutes so that they roast and don’t burn or scorch.

Method 2
Roasting Flaxseeds in the Oven

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    Place seeds in an even layer in a roasting pan.
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    Roast the seeds in a preheated 375F (190 °C) oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
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  • Grind flaxseeds with a clean coffee grinder
  • Ground flaxseed should be stored in an opaque container in the refrigerator or freezer because the nutrients are no longer protected by the hard shell once you have ground them.
  • Roast large batches of flaxseeds and add them to cereal, salads, baking mixes and yogurt.


  • Flaxseeds contain oils and can become rancid if not stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Flaxseeds increase your fiber intake, so be sure to increase your water consumption when you add flaxseed to your daily dietary regime.

Things You’ll Need

  • Skillet with cover
  • Roasting pan
  • Stirring spoon

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Categories: Nuts and Seeds