How To Use Your Air Fryer To Toast Nuts In No Time

Toasted hazelnuts
Toasted hazelnuts - Paolo Gagliardi/Getty Images

From flawless cheese crisps to a perfectly crisp pizza, there's no doubt that the air fryer has made its place comfortably in the kitchen. One rather unique use for an air fryer, however, is to toast nuts quickly and easily.

To toast nuts in an air fryer, simply add ¼ cup of the nuts of your choice to the bottom of your air fryer and air fry for three to six minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If at the end of the cooking cycle you feel they need more time, air fry them for a minute or two at a time, until they are toasted to your liking.

You can use any variety of nuts, but there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are using smaller nuts, you may need to line the bottom of your air fryer with parchment paper to prevent the nuts from falling through the holes in your air fryer basket. Additionally, not all nuts cook the same. The higher the oil content in a nut, the faster it will cook. For instance, pine nuts and macadamia nuts are likely to toast the quickest. Due to their natural oil content, there's no need for a spray of cooking oil either.

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Why Toasting Nuts Is A Good Idea

Toasted nuts on soup
Toasted nuts on soup - Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Toasted nuts not only make a nutritious snack but they can also be used as the perfect finishing touch for everything from salads to desserts. The process of toasting enhances the flavor of nuts, often resulting in a deeper, richer taste.

Flavor aside, toasted nuts can also add much-needed texture to dishes that call for a satisfying crunch. Sprinkling toasted nuts over soup or ice cream provides a delightful contrast that enhances the overall experience of softer dishes like these. They add visual appeal as well, which is particularly striking in baked goods such as nut-adorned cookies or sweet and sticky baklava.

For additional flavor, try tossing toasted nuts with dried herbs and spices, such as rosemary and smoked paprika, or add a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon for a sweeter direction. With their ease of preparation and multitude of uses, there's little to dislike about toasting nuts in an air fryer!

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