How to Roast Raw Almonds

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Almonds are a healthy snack containing plenty of vitamins and minerals, like magnesium, copper, zinc, potassium, and iron. When they’re roasted, not only are they good for you, they’re also delicious. Make them in the oven or, if you’re short on time, roast them on the stove top. For extra flavor, toss them in oil, spices, and seasonings, too.

EditIngredients

EditOven-Roasted Almonds

  • of whole raw almonds
  • Extra virgin olive oil (optional)

EditPan-Roasted Almonds

  • of whole raw almonds, unsalted
  • of extra virgin olive oil
  • of sea salt

EditSteps

EditRoasting Almonds in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to . Most ovens take about 20 minutes to heat up but it will depend on how efficient your model is. Let the oven start heating while you prepare the almonds.[1]

    • Trying to set the oven at a higher temperature to cook the almonds faster will likely burn the almonds or not cook them thoroughly.
  2. Spread the almonds in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. You don’t need to grease the baking sheet because the nuts contain so much natural oil. Make sure they are in an even layer and not piled on top of each other to help them cook evenly.[2]
    • Substitute a baking dish for the baking sheet if you’d like.
    • If you want to coat the nuts in olive oil and other seasonings, toss them in your choice of oil and spices directly on the baking sheet or beforehand in a separate mixing bowl.
  3. Place the almonds in the oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Use a spatula to stir the almonds or gently shake the baking sheet to move the almonds around. Roast them until they’re golden brown and fragrant.[3]
    • The almonds on the edges tend to cook faster so move them to the middle and vice versa when you stir. This allows all of the nuts to roast evenly.
    • Check the nuts often to ensure they aren’t burning or browning unevenly. If they’re cooking unevenly, stir them. If they’re burnt, remove them from the oven.
  4. Remove the nuts from the oven and place them on another baking sheet. The high oil content of the almonds means they’ll keep cooking outside of the oven, especially if they’re left on the hot baking sheet. Pour or spoon them onto a cool baking sheet.[4]
    • Leaving the almonds on the hot baking sheet will burn them or scorch the bottoms.
    • If you don’t have another baking sheet, a plate or even a paper towel will do.
  5. Let the almonds cool completely before pouring into an airtight container. Storing almonds while they’re still warm increases their risk of molding or going bad because it creates excess moisture. Wait until they’re cool to the touch, then place them in a sealed plastic or glass container.[5]
    • You can use a resealable plastic bag or glass jar, too.
  6. Store dry roasted nuts for 9 to 12 months in the pantry. Place your almonds in a cool, dark place that’s dry to keep them fresh for longer. Throw them away if you notice a rancid odor or if they taste stale.[6]
    • If you coated the nuts in oil, they won’t last as long. A good rule of thumb for those is 3 to 4 weeks at room temperature.
    • To keep the nuts for up to 2 years, place the airtight container in the freezer if it’s freezer-safe.

EditMaking Pan-Roasted Almonds on a Stove Top

  1. Toss the almonds, olive oil, and sea salt together. Combine the 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use a spoon to mix the almonds until they are evenly coated with olive oil and salt.[7]

    • Swap olive oil for a different type of oil based on your taste preferences. You could use avocado oil, sesame oil, or an herb-infused oil, for example.
    • You can also use water or lemon juice instead of oil.
    • Another mixing option is to put the 3 ingredients in a resealable plastic bag. Shake it vigorously to coat the almonds.
  2. Heat a skillet on the stove top over medium-high heat. You don’t want the pan to be so hot that it burns the almonds. If your stove top dial has 9 settings, medium-high heat would be anywhere from 5 to 7. Choose a skillet that’s big enough that the almonds won’t be overcrowded.[8]
    • A cast iron skillet or a frying pan with high edges will also work.
    • To determine what medium-high heat is, hold your hand above the burner. If you can hold it there for a few minutes before it gets too hot, it’s medium to medium-high.[9]
  3. Pour the almonds into the heated skillet and roast them for 5 minutes. Keep the almonds on the stove until they’re a golden brown color. Stir them frequently with a spatula so they don’t stick to the bottom of the skillet.[10]
    • Sample 1 almond after the 5 minutes is up. If it doesn’t taste fully roasted, continue cooking the almonds.
  4. Let the almonds cool completely on a baking sheet. The almonds need to be cooled before they can be stored so you don’t trap moisture in the container and risk ruining them. Spread them in a single layer on the baking sheet for the fastest cooling time.[11]
    • You can use a sheet of parchment paper instead of a baking sheet.
    • Don’t leave the almonds in the pan to cool as the heat will continue cooking them.
  5. Store the almonds in a container at room temperature for 3 to 4 weeks. Choose an airtight plastic or glass container to keep the almonds fresh. A dry, dark area like the pantry or a cupboard is best for storage.[12]
    • Eat the almonds as a snack or use them as salad or yogurt toppings.

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EditThings You’ll Need

EditOven-Roasted Almonds

  • 2 baking sheets
  • Spatula
  • Airtight container
  • Mixing bowl (optional)
  • Spoon (optional)

EditPan-Roasted Almonds

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheet
  • Airtight container

EditRelated wikiHows

  • Grow Almonds
  • Toast Almonds
  • Blanch Almonds
  • Cook Almonds

EditSources and Citations

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