To roast pine nuts, you can follow these simple steps:
- Raw pine nuts
- Salt (optional)
- Cooking oil (such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, or avocado oil)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Spread the raw pine nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet or shallow roasting pan.
- Drizzle a small amount of oil over the pine nuts and toss them gently to coat evenly. You want just enough oil to lightly coat the nuts, but not so much that they become greasy.
- Optional: sprinkle a small amount of salt over the pine nuts to taste, if desired.
- Toss the pine nuts again until evenly coated with the oil and salt (if using).
- Roast the pine nuts in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan every few minutes to ensure even cooking. Keep an eye on the nuts to prevent burning, as pine nuts can go from toasted to burnt quickly.
- Once the pine nuts are light golden brown and fragrant, remove the pan from the oven and let the nuts cool for a few minutes.
- Once the nuts are cool enough to handle, store them in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
Roasted pine nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack on their own or can be used in a variety of recipes, such as pesto, salads, or pasta dishes. Enjoy!