How to Toast Shelled Walnuts

Three Methods:Toast Walnuts on a StoveToast Walnuts in an OvenToast Walnuts in a Microwave

Walnuts are high in fiber and are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Walnuts are proven to help reduce LDL levels, low density lipids, or "bad" cholesterol. Making toasted walnuts is an easy way to have these beneficial nuts ready to include in a meal or as a delicious snack. Raw walnuts can have a bitter taste and toasting them helps minimize the bitterness. Use these steps to toast shelled walnuts.

Method 1
Toast Walnuts on a Stove

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    Pre-heat a large frying pan or skillet. Use medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
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    Add walnuts to the hot pan for a dry toast. The walnuts should be out of their shells and in halves. You can also add a bit of olive oil for a wet toast.
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    Stir frequently to ensure all walnuts are toasting evenly and to prevent burning.
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    Cook for 5 minutes. Walnuts should smell toasted and have started to brown.
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    Remove from heat and let cool.

Method 2
Toast Walnuts in an Oven

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    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (191 degrees Celsius).
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    Lay out walnuts on a baking sheet. The walnuts should be out of their shells and in halves.
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    Bake for 5 to 10 minutes. When the walnuts start to brown and smell toasted, they are done. Check the walnuts frequently to prevent burning.
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    Remove from oven and let cool before using in a dish.

Method 3
Toast Walnuts in a Microwave

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    Add 1/2 cup (118 ml) of walnuts to a microwave safe dish. The walnuts should be out of their shells and in halves. Add a bit of olive oil for a wet roast.
    • Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir the walnuts.
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    • Cook the walnuts for 1 more minute on high. Let the walnuts cool before using them.
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Tips

  • Make a sweet batch of toasted walnuts by adding a pat of butter and some cinnamon or brown sugar prior to toasting.
  • For oven toasting, you can line your cooking sheet with tin foil or wax paper to make clean-up quick and easy.
  • Cook an herb flavored batch of toasted walnuts by adding a pat of butter and some rosemary or garlic prior to toasting.
  • If you are not going to use your toasted walnuts right away, always store in a cool, dry place where there is minimal sunlight, like a pantry.
  • Create a spicy batch of toasted walnuts by adding a pat of butter and some hot pepper flakes, cumin, or black pepper prior to toasting.
  • You can store walnuts in a freezer and they will stay fresh, delicious and edible for up to a year.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups (360 ml to 480 ml) of shelled walnuts
  • Baking sheet
  • Fry pan or skillet
  • Tin foil
  • Wax paper
  • Seasonings
  • Microwave safe dish
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Article Info

Categories: Walnuts