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Kitchen Tip: Toast Nuts with a Microwave

Posted Apr 02 2011 10:37pm

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When I only want to roast a small batch of nuts, turning on the oven is definitely not the best option. Instead, I like to use the microwave – that’s my secret trick for making toasted nuts fast and fuss-free!

How To Toast Nuts with a Microwave:

  1. Soak raw nuts in water for about an hour or so.
  2. Drain the water and place the nuts on a plate (paper or ceramic is best, no metal please) large enough to hold the nuts in a single layer (and make sure it is not too big or else it won’t fit into the microwave).
  3. While the nuts are still slightly wet, sprinkle in a pinch of salt, black pepper and other spices. Stir well.
  4. Microwave on medium-high on 1 minute intervals, stirring in between intervals. The nuts will be ready when they smell fragrant and take on a golden brown colour.
  5. Remove the nuts from the microwave and let them cool to room temperature. The nuts will crisp up as they cool. Once cooled, store in an airtight container and enjoy!

A few notes:

  • For lightly salted roasted nuts, take 100g of raw peanuts and sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • For something fancier, use raw cashews and stir in salt and black pepper.
  • Other great flavour boosters: chili powder, cumin, curry powder, garam masala, salt & vinegar, cinnamon & sugar, etc etc.

What to do with roasted nuts?

  • eat them plain out of hand
  • homemade nut butter
  • salad topping
  • pesto / dressing

Have you tried using the microwave for roasted nuts? Know any delicious flavours that I can try for my next batch of roasted nuts?

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