Learn how to roast almonds in minutes in the oven, in a skillet, or even in the microwave. It’s an easy way to bring out their natural flavor while adding a little extra crunch in the process.

Whole almonds on a baking sheet.
Table of Contents
  1. Ingredient notes
  2. Instructions
  3. Recipe tips and variations
  4. How to Roast Almonds Recipe

Ingredient notes

  • Almonds: Cooking times vary depending on which method you choose. And keep an eye on your almonds! They can go from zero to burnt in under a minute. Don’t walk away.
  • Oil or butter: Roasting in fat is optional for plain almonds and helpful when you want to add spices and seasonings.

Instructions

  • Whole almonds: Roast in a 325-degree oven for 5-15 minutes.
Whole almonds before and after roasting.
  • Slivered almonds: Roast in a 325-degree oven for 5-10 minutes.
Slivered almonds before and after roasting.
  • Sliced almonds: Roast in a 325-degree oven for 5-10 minutes.
Sliced almonds before and after roasting.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Rosemary almonds: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds and ½ teaspoon dried rosemary. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  • Lemon-garlic almonds: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil or butter in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds, ½ teaspoon lemon zest, and 1 clove minced garlic. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  • Barbecued almonds: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds, ½ teaspoon cumin, ⅛ teaspoon chili powder, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and a pinch of cloves. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  • Spiced almonds: Heat 1 tbsp butter in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon cloves, and ⅛ teaspoon allspice. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  • Serving suggestions: Toasted almonds are delicious in biscotti, Linzer cookies, almond butter, chicken salad, and other side dishes like couscous and bok choy salad.

More ways to enjoy almonds


Whole almonds on a baking sheet.

How to Roast Almonds

Learn how to roast almonds in minutes in the oven, in a skillet, or even in the microwave. It's an easy way to bring out their natural flavor while adding a little extra crunch in the process.
5 from 52 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 servings
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 206

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups almonds whole, slivered, or sliced (see note 1)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter, optional (see note 2)

Instructions 

To Roast Almonds in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • If roasting whole almonds, roast for 10-15 minutes. If roasting slivered or sliced almonds, roast for 8-12 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. Oven temperatures may vary, so keep an eye on the almonds so they don't burn.
  • Remove from oven and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

To Roast Almonds on the stove:

  • In a medium skillet over medium-low heat, heat almonds until browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from skillet and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

How to Roast Almonds in the microwave:

  • On a microwave-safe plate, spread almonds in a single, even layer.
  • Microwave in 1-minute intervals until lightly golden and toasted.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Almonds: Cooking times vary depending on which method you choose. And keep an eye on your almonds! They can go from zero to burnt in under a minute. Don’t walk away.
  2. Oil or butter: Roasting in fat is optional for plain almonds and helpful when you want to add spices and seasonings.
  3. Rosemary almonds: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds and ½ teaspoon dried rosemary. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  4. Lemon-garlic almonds: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil or butter in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds, ½ teaspoon lemon zest, and 1 clove minced garlic. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  5. Barbecued almonds: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds, ½ teaspoon cumin, ⅛ teaspoon chili powder, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, and a pinch of cloves. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  6. Spiced almonds: Heat 1 tbsp butter in a nonstick skillet. Add 2 cups almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon cloves, and ⅛ teaspoon allspice. Toast over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  7. Serving suggestions: Toasted almonds are delicious in biscotti, Linzer cookies, almond butter, chicken salad, and other side dishes like couscous and bok choy salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 8gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 252mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gCalcium: 94mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I have a lot of almonds to roast and they all have their brown skin still on. How can i telll when they’re cooked?

    1. Hi Ellie, you will see the almonds go from a golden brown color to a darker golden brown. Make sure to stir occasionally and watch them so they do not burn. For reference, you can look at the first image under “Instructions” in the post to see the difference between unroasted and roasted almonds. Hope this helps, enjoy! – Meggan

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