Roasting almonds brings out their natural flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. Plus, it’s an easy to learn how to roast almonds and will it up your cooking game with very little effort.
Thankfully, it’s an easy skill to learn how to roast almonds in the oven, on the stove, or even in the microwave.
What makes almonds special:
Amazingly, the almond is related to peaches, plums, and other stone fruit in the prunus genus. It’s actually the seed inside a light green colored fruit called a drupe. Native to the Mediterranean, almonds are now grown successfully in California and are considered a supreme superfood.
Sweet or savory, almonds can shine in almost every recipe under the sun. And talk about versatile: almond paste, almond milk, almond butter, almond flour, raw, roasted, slivered, or sliced—is there anything this nut cannot become?
What are blanched almonds?
Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the outer skin, which is then removed to reveal the white seed inside. Even though the almond skin has nutrients its own, its color is considered unsightly in some recipes.
Nutritional information of almonds:
One ounce of almonds (approximately 23 kernels) contains 163 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams protein, and 3.5 grams of fiber.
How many almonds to eat per day?
Even just eating 10 almonds a day is fantastic for you. 10 Almonds nutrition facts: 1 gram fiber, 6 grams fat, 2.5 grams protein, and 70 calories.
Let’s break it down: each almond is just 7 calories.
Almonds health benefits:
Of all tree nuts, almonds rank highest in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin. Eating raw almonds can lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. A 10-almond snack can increase satiety and make you feel full, leading to weight loss. And like other nuts, eating almonds can lower the risk of weight gain and counteract rising blood sugar levels after meals. There’s simply no excuse to sneak some almonds into your daily menu!
How to eat almonds:
Raw or roasted, almonds can be eaten all by themselves or chopped up and enjoyed in yogurt parfaits, cookies, or leafy green salads. Try this beautiful recipe for Linzer cookies, or Dukkah made with almonds and lemon.
How to Roast Almonds
- 2 cups almonds whole, slivered, or sliced (see note 1)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter, optional (see note 2)
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.
- 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.
- 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.