Home ยป How To

How to Toast Nuts on a Stove top

Have you wondered How to Toast Nuts on a Stove top? This easy recipe is almost not even a recipe but it IS a useful technique for meal prep as having toasted nuts on hand for salads or for snacking is always great to have.

Toasted nuts in a glass jar on a white marble surface

Here we go!

This is how to toast nuts on a stove top.

It is a super easy method of getting that delicious toasted nut taste in about five minutes with no added oils or salt.

Just all natural nutty goodness and it comes together in the blink of an eye using a pan on your stove top.

Pecans toasting in a large cast iron skillet

My cast iron pan always sits on my stove top. I only move it if I really have to because it is ridiculously heavy.

I’m not kidding when I say that. It’s literally fifteen pounds.

That’s heavy with one hand! Or maybe I need to work out my wrists more?

Either way, it’s a great pan for toasting nuts because of it’s heavy bottom.


Heat the pan up to a medium.

I had a little spectator while I started getting things ready.

Cast iron pan on a stove with a handsome grey cat in the background

Little Louis was hanging around and, as purr usual (see what I did there?), he had some thing to say.

Here he is, caught in the action, meowing away.

A handsome grey cat meowing


I’m not sure.

He had a full bowl of food and had just eaten a few of his beloved treats. He probably wanted attention but too bad for Lou, these toasted pecans were my focus.

A hand holding toasted pecans

I used pecans on this particular day, but you could use whatever nut you like. Just don’t toast different types of nuts at the same time.

Each kind will toast at a different rate and you don’t want to have half of your batch either under toasted or, worse, burnt.

Toss the nuts into your heated up and spread them out flat. Let them sit for about 10 seconds at time and then toss ’em around. Keep stirring for three to five minutes until they are fragrant and have little toasty marks on them.

Remove form the heat but leave them in the pan and let them cool, stirring every so often so keep them from charring.

Nuts toasting on a stove top in a cast iron pan

And voila!

Delicious, toasty nuts ready to be tossed into cookie dough, oatmeal, trail mix. What about tossed directly into your mouth?

I like that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How to toast nuts on a stove top


Maple Roasted Almonds

Texas Glazed Pecans

Coconut Lime Roasted Almonds

Be sure to follow me on social media! I love pinning to Pinterest, sharing on Facebook and posting pics to Instagram. See you there.  ๐Ÿ™‚

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Want to Save This Recipe?

Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week.

Save Recipe

By submitting this form, you consent to receive emails from The Honour System

How to: Toast Nuts on a Stovetop

Sharon Rhodes
How to Toast Nuts. Have you wondered How to Toast Nuts on a Stove top? This easy recipe is almost not even a recipe but it IS a useful technique for meal prep as having toasted nuts on hand for salads or for snacking is always great to have.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 160 kcal


  • 3/4 cup nuts *** I used pecans ***


  • Heat heavy bottomed pan over medium heat and add in the nuts
  • Spread nuts evenly over the pan surface and let them sit for 10 seconds or so, then stir again
  • Keep stirring for about 3-4 minutes or until the nuts become fragrant.
  • Watch that they don't burn on any hotspots.
  • Remove from heat and let cool in the pan, giving them a stir every so often.
  • Store in a glass jar for up to a week.


Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 2gCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword how to toast nuts on stovetop
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Similar Posts


  1. 5 stars
    So easy to do. I was looking for something to top individual servings of pumpkin mousse and this looks like a winner. Also- love the kitty!

  2. hello, can i use toasted nut to make nut butter?
    like not putting them in the oven; just using your technique
    thank you

  3. Louis is gorgeous! An ex-boyfriend of mine had a gray cat named Clint after Clint Eastwood.

  4. Yum, I love toasted nuts. Toasting really brings out such great flavors with out adding any fat. I need a big cast iron like that!

    1. Such an easy method. I do love my big cast iron pan It was a Christmas gift a few years back. It is sooo heavy though! I can only pick it up with two hands!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. This is perfect. Toasted nuts are delish! How long would they last in a mason jar like this? Like, forever? lolz! I usually store my nuts in mason jars.
    I would love to see a recipe for toated nuts/granola! *hint, hint*

    1. Well, mine are already gone! Ha! I would say a few months at least, as long as they are properly stored in a sealed container like a jar. Hmmm…Granola you say?

  6. … Hi Sharon … i love smooth talker Mr. louis … & the recipe too ๐Ÿ™‚ … so easy & so simple … thank you … God Bless …

    1. Louis says thanks! At least, that’s what I think he said. It sounded like “Meow, merow, merow” but I’m pretty sure it means thanks. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love this easy method!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.