How to Toast Almonds

Toast almonds in the oven for bigger batches or on the stove top for smaller amounts.

Toasted Almonds in a Jar

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

A handful of almonds is a real treasure, both from a nutrition and a culinary standpoint. Take that handful and toast it until golden brown and fragrant and you’ve just upped their appeal. When almonds go from raw to roasted, it makes them more flavorful and pleasingly crunchy, both big wins as far as I’m concerned. If you’re wondering the best way to get the job done, I’ve got you covered. 

Toasted Almonds on a Baking Sheet

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Two Ways to Toast Almonds

There are two basic approaches to toasting almonds. You can pile them onto a baking sheet and toast them in the oven, a method that works well for a large volume of nuts. Alternatively, toast them in a skillet on the stove, which is my preferred method if I don’t want to wait for the oven to heat up or just need a small amount. 

Tips for Toasting Almonds


Here are a few tips that may come in handy: 

  • Whether you’re toasting whole, sliced, or slivered almonds, the method is exactly the same. Just know that smaller pieces cook a bit quicker. 
  • Store raw or roasted almonds in the fridge. They’re an oil-rich ingredient, which makes them more perishable. You can also store them in the freezer, which will extend shelf life even further. 
  • If making almond milk at home, it’s best to stick with raw, not roasted almonds.
Toasted Almonds on a Baking Sheet

Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

Our Favorite Recipes that Call for Almonds

How to Toast Almonds

Prep Time 1 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Servings 4
Yield 1 cup

Whether you’re toasting whole, sliced, or slivered almonds, the method is exactly the same. Just know that smaller pieces cook a bit quicker. These instructions are for whole almonds. For smaller pieces, check for doneness a few minutes sooner.

Cook time ranges from 11 to 12 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds (see recipe note)

Method

Toast Almonds in the Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bake the almonds:

    Spread the almonds on a large baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are fragrant and a deeper shade of brown, 11 to 12 minutes. For sliced or slivered almonds this will take about 8 minutes. Flip the nuts with a spatula about halfway through. Keep a close eye on them, since they can easily burn.

    Simple Tip!

    These instructions are for whole almonds. For smaller pieces, check for doneness a few minutes sooner.

    Toasted Almonds on a Baking Sheet

    Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

  3. Cool the almonds:

    Leave almonds on the baking sheet until completely cooled.

Toast Almonds on the Stove Top

  1. Toast on a skillet:

    Set a medium to large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the almonds. After 30 seconds, stir the almonds, trying to flip them over so that they are evenly browned, until fragrant and mottled with brown spots, 11 to 12 minutes. For sliced or slivered almonds, this will take about 6 minutes. Don’t walk away from the stove, since the nuts can quickly burn.

    Toasted Almonds in a Skillet

    Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

  2. Cool the almonds:

    Transfer the nuts onto a plate to fully cool.

Store the Almonds

  1. Transfer to a container:

    Transfer the cooled almonds into a jar or lidded other container with a tight seal and store in the fridge for up to 3 months or freezer for up to 6 months.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
159 Calories
14g Fat
6g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 201mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.