Feb 21

How to Toast Nuts in The Microwave

How To Toast Nuts In The Microwave

It's no secret that the so-called "secret ingredient" in many of my favorite recipes is toasted nuts. While my preferred method of toasting them is via the oven, there are times when I just need a small handful, say for a tasty salad at lunch -- like this Wendy's knock-off apple pecan chicken salad.

When that hankering hits, rather than fire up the oven, I turn to my microwave for a quick and easy mini batch of toasted nuts.

How to Toast Nuts in The Microwave

How to Toast Nuts in The Microwave


  • Your favorite nuts, preferably whole


  1. Spread the nuts out in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Toast in one-minute intervals, stirring between each interval.
  3. A half cup of nuts will take approximately 4 minutes overall.


See -- easy, huh? Microwave-toasted nuts won't brown as much, and as a result I think they're slightly less flavorful, but the time and energy savings make this a good tradeoff for small amounts.

What's your preferred method for toasting nuts?

by Tara | 4 comments

  • Jen

    I like YOUR idea! Hmm. I'm wondering. I've got one of those flat, small, toaster ovens -- the kind that a cupcake would be too tall. I wonder if I microwave like you said, while preheating that little oven. Then when done, stick them in that for like 1 minute, just to crisp them a little? It wouldn't take much more effort or time, thanks to your idea!!!

  • Ron

    My wife and I replicated the Wendy's salad last night for dinner. Delicious. To toast the nuts we used our counter-top toaster oven. It heats up quickly and toasts the nuts in a few minutes. Almost as quickly as the microwave. A person must be vigilant, however, as the nuts can burn or over cook easily. We make a lot of different salads at home. This is one of the easiest to make and is absolutely fantastic. The Marzetti Pomegranate dressing is knock-out great. If it isn't available, Marie's Raspberry Vinaigrette is an excellent dressing also.

  • Jennifer Velazquez

    I just tried this technique and I loved it so much! It made my sunflower seeds taste amazing. Thanks!! :)

    • What a great idea -- I hadn't even considered doing this with sunflower seeds. Yum!

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