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 22 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. You’re right, these have been heat processed to remove the toxic shell. But, when most people who aren’t pretentious look for “raw cashews” at stores, this is what they find. You’ll have to take your issue up with the nut industry.

  1. How sweet, you conveniently left out Africa. The sweetest nuts are found in the continent of Africa. It is a plant native in West Africa but of course, it is convenient to purposely leave out Africa.

    I feel offended.

    Well done!

    1. I will fix this, I’m so sorry. It wasn’t on purpose. The person who wrote this article is no longer employed with us, but it’s ultimately my site and my fault. A simple google search shows Africa is a MAIN source, so it’s a major oversight. It’s just native to Brazil which I’m sure is what she latched on to when she wrote this. I’m sorry, it was never my intention to offend you. -Meggan

  2. Do I need to prewash or soak the cashews then drain them well before roasting? I already have the raw nuts, can’t wait to try your tips. Thanks.

  3. Times have changed. Yet people stick to old techniques to roast nut.
    Know that you need temp of around 120-135C.
    20-30 minutes in an Air Fryer, stirring half way and it’s all done.

    1. Hi! Thanks for this info, I should update all of my nut-roasting recipes with air fryer directions. I love my air fryer. I haven’t been able to convince people in my family to get one, but maybe someday. They are so great! Thanks! -Meggan

  4. I purchased a big can of Planters salted whole cashews and they are not roasted near enough. Can I re roast them?

  5. Hello, thanks for the recipe – how long do you roast them for in the microwave? 1 minute intervals – for how long? (Or do you just keep checking after each minute?) TIA!

    1. Hi Reshmi, sorry for the confusion! You should just do 1-minute intervals until they are lightly golden and toasted. This is because microwave power varies greatly and if I put in a time, someone is going to burn their cashews and yell at me. It will probably take about 3 to 4 minutes, but you should check it after each minute. If you do 3 or 4 minutes straight, they will probably burn. Thanks! -Meggan

  6. So easy. Thanks for the tips! I just did it on the stove. Easy Peasy. I love all your recipes.5 stars