Roasting cashews brings out their soft, sweet flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. It’s easy to learn how to roast cashews and it will up your cooking game with very little effort.

The smoothest operator in the nut kingdom, cashews are even better when lightly roasted. Perfect in cookies, breakfast smoothies, or grain-based salads, cashews are easy to love.

Thankfully, it’s easy to do in the oven, on the stove, or even in the microwave. Set your ovens to 350, and let’s roast some cashews!

Cashews on a baking sheet.

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What makes cashews special:

Cashews are the seed of a tropical evergreen tree native to Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, but were brought across the oceans by the Portuguese.

Today, cashews are a prominent part of Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines. And of course, a nut mix wouldn’t be complete without them!

Cashews always come shelled (out of the shell) because the shell of the cashew contains oils that can cause a reaction similar to poison ivy. That doesn’t mean that cashews are poisonous. It just means they have an irritating outer layer.

Why roast cashews?

Roasting enhances the flavor and aroma of the cashews. In my opinion, any nut is always better roasted.

How to roast cashews in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup. Add cashews in a single layer.
    Roasting cashews brings out their soft, sweet flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. It’s easy to learn how to roast cashews and it will up your cooking game with very little effort.
  • Roast for 10-15 minutes. But don’t walk away! Stir occasionally to prevent scorching and keep an eye on your cashews since oven temperatures may vary.
    Roasting cashews brings out their soft, sweet flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. It’s easy to learn how to roast cashews and it will up your cooking game with very little effort.
  • Remove from oven and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

How to roast cashews on the stove:

  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat cashews until browned and fragrant stirring frequently, about 3 to 5 minutes.
    Roasting cashews brings out their soft, sweet flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. It’s easy to learn how to roast cashews and it will up your cooking game with very little effort.
  • Remove from skillet and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

How to buy cashews:

Cashews can be somewhat more expensive, so it pays to shop around for the most competitive cashew nut price. Look for cashews at larger box stores and reliable online shops, which are more likely to have a fresh supply of cashews.

How to eat cashews:

Roasted cashews and raw cashews are popular eaten as-is, right out of the bag. But they’re so great in recipes, too!

Roasting cashews brings out their soft, sweet flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. It’s easy to learn how to roast cashews and it will up your cooking game with very little effort.

How to Roast Cashews

Roasting cashews brings out their soft, sweet flavor and adds a little extra crunch in the process. It’s easy to learn how to roast cashews and it will up your cooking game with very little effort.
5 from 36 votes
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 207

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup raw cashews

Instructions 

How to roast cashews in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup. Add cashews in a single layer.
  • Roast for 10-15 minutes. But don't walk away! Stir occasionally to prevent scorching and keep an eye on your cashews since oven temperatures may vary.
  • Remove from oven and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

How to roast cashews on the stove:

  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat cashews until browned and fragrant stirring frequently, 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 cashews in the microwave:

  • On a microwave-safe plate, spread cashews in a single, even layer. Microwave in 1-minute intervals until lightly golden and toasted.
  • Chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Nutrition

Calories: 207kcal
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  1. So 180 degress cenitgrade is 350 degrees, I guess. it could also be 350 degrees Kelvin. I looked it up. I hope you know the whole world can access your site and most people do not use faranheit, it would be really nice if you could also provide metric measurements. I know I have just clicked on the X because of non metric measurements. How hard is it to realizethat not everyone lives in the USA?

    1. Hi Robert, I am absolutely aware that people exist outside of the USA and that most of the world doesn’t use Fahrenheit. It comes down to a legal issue. The site is created for people in the USA for legal reasons. If I start to target people outside of the USA by providing metric measurements, I am more susceptible to requirements such as the GDPR (I am actually quite compliant with those regulations but the laws change a lot and it’s hard to keep up) and I really don’t want to be sued. At least, this is what my lawyer tells me. There are special rules for people in the EU when it comes to websites and even joining my email list and it’s all very stressful. So, I’m really sorry about that. At some point I might be able to add them. Thanks. -Meggan

    1. Hi Samantha, sorry! I don’t have that recipe at this time. I’m adding it to the Test Kitchen list for possible future testing. Sorry about that again! – Meggan

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