How to Toast Almond Slices

Why toast almonds? To get extra flavor and crispness. It’s actually quite remarkable how the simple act of toasting almonds can really intensify their flavor. Once you try it, I’m confident you’ll agree that it’s well worth the four minutes it will take to toast your almonds.

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They’re fantastic on top of salads like this spinach and strawberry salad with rhubarb and poppyseed dressingtoasted almonds on salad

How to Toast Almond Slices

I like to toast almond slices in a toaster oven or big oven without any oil. I find it takes much more effort to get nice even browning when trying to do them in a skillet. A quick, dry toast in the oven gets the job done right. Just watch carefully, especially in the last few minutes because they can go from golden brown to burnt very quickly. Here’s how.

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How to Toast Almond Slices

Toasting sliced almonds increases their nutty flavor and makes them that much more enjoyable. Use a toaster oven or regular oven, just watch them carefully.
Prep : 1 min
Cook : 4 mins
Total Time: 5 mins


  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Spread almonds in a single layer on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 3-4 minutes.
  • Check almonds, shake pan to stir almonds.
  • Check every minute until they're desired color.
  • Remove from oven and immediately pour onto a plate or platter where they can cool in a single layer. If left on the cookie sheet or in a pile, the almonds will continue to brown.
  • Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. You could safely store them longer, but the flavor and texture will deteriorate.


Yield 1/2 to 1 cup
Use the same technique for slivered almonds - just add a couple of minutes. But like always, keep a close eye on them.
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CAUTION: When you remove the toasted almonds from the oven, they will continue to brown if left on the hot baking sheet. Transfer them to a cool plate and let them cool in a single layer.

So, what do you think? Is it worth the extra time to toast almonds?

If you agree, you may also want to check out these other tips and recipes for nuts and seeds.

Toasted Pepitas

toasted pepitas

Candied & Spiced Nuts (candied pecans, spiced nuts, curried cashews)

candied pecans

finished spiced nuts

curried cashews

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  1. Yes, I definitely think that it is worth it to toast them :). I was looking for an easier method than stovetop (it takes forever because some will be nearly overdone while others are completely pale), so I sit there are do tiny batches and it took me about 20 min today! So glad to have a new method to try soon!!!

    1. Hi Sonya,

      Glad you found an alternative method. I use the stove top if I’m doing a tiny batch for one salad and want to go quickly. The oven method is great for bigger batches for sure. Next time!

  2. These roasted almonds look so delicious! My lovely wife buys me roasted almonds all the time, but I was unaware that she could make them herself! I definitely will be sharing this with my wife. May I also add that everything tastes better homemade. Thank you for the post!

    1. Make them for yourself maybe & give your wife a break. All these men can’t even toast some nuts themselves!!

    2. I’m glad you like the look of these, Xavier. This process is so easy, perhaps you could try roasting them yourself. Wouldn’t that be a great surprise for your wife!

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