Best Pan Roasted Almonds

Jar of pan roasted almonds spilling on the counter

My mom seems to forget that she’s an excellent home cook. She’s the one, after all, who gave my brother and sister and me the freedom and confidence to cook from a very young age, which may explain why two of us landed in food careers (the third cooked her way through college in restaurant kitchens).

My Mom’s Pan Roasted Almonds

Despite that, my mom downplays her cooking chops, humbly turning the reins in the kitchen to the rest of us. The truth is, nobody can do up a pan of mac and cheese, always in enormous volumes, like she does. And my kids will be the first to tell you that my pots of applesauce aren’t quite as good, and never as generous, as grandma’s are. Her Chocolate Power Bark, shared here a few months ago, is a hands-down favorite. And today, I’m fired up to pass along a recipe for some seriously tasty Pan Roasted Almonds.

They don’t look like much (what’s the big deal about sliced almonds, after all?), but they’re a game changer. Just ask the grandkids, who light up when they find a batch, still warm from the skillet, waiting for them when we come for dinner.

How to Make and Store Almonds

These almonds are a snap to make. You brown them in an olive oil-slicked skillet (I use cast iron). Then, add salt to your liking and enjoy them warm or cool. Store them in a covered container or jar in the pantry or fridge. They’re miles better than what you’ll find in a bag of pre-roasted almonds.

Pomegranate and Pan Roasted Almond BowlHow to Use Pan Roasted Almonds

Eat them warm, or store them in a jar in the fridge, where they stay crisp and delicious, excellent any which way. Here are a few ideas:

  • Sprinkle over cooked vegetables, such as broccoli or asparagus doused with lemon juice
  • Add to yogurt, the saltiness making a nice counterpoint to the tang of yogurt and sweetness of fruit
  • Toss into salads, from spinach to kale to delicate lettuces
  • Scatter over very simple pastas, particularly pesto pasta or Butter, Egg, and Cheese
  • Add to grains, such as rice, oatmeal, quinoa, or farro
  • Use as a garnish for avocado or nut butter toast.
  • Scatter over creamy soups, such a carrot, tomato, or cream of broccoli.

Or, perhaps best of all, simply poured into hungry little hands who don’t want to miss out on their fair share.

P.S. You can find affordable bags of sliced almonds at Trader Joe’s and Costco. If you buy a large amount, store it in the freezer, since nuts go rancid over time when stored in the pantry.

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Pan Roasted Almonds
5 from 9 votes

My Mom's Killer Pan Roasted Almonds

A simple pan-toasted almond that is somehow tastier than anything you'll get by browning them in the oven. Delicious as a quick snack and perfect for topping salads, vegetables, or yogurt. 

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2 cups (16 two-tablespoon servings)
Calories 74 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced raw almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium high in a large cast iron or other heavy skillet, tilting the pan so the oil coats the bottom. Add the almonds and spread along the bottom. Leave for 1 to 2 minutes until they start to brown and get fragrant.
  2. Use a spatula to stir the almonds around the pan. Sprinkle the salt over the nuts and stir again.
  3. Continue to cook the almonds, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until they are nicely brown and have a deeply toasted flavor, about 5 minutes time in total.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet or piece of parchment paper until they've cooled to room temperature.
  5. Store in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator.


01.25.2016 at2:23 PM #


Those sounds amazing and would be perfect for our Inheritance Recipes link-up as well.

06.22.2016 at5:07 AM #


This is so practical and easy, such a time saver! Almonds are so versatile and healthy, they work as snacks or a touch-up in seasonal salads, you really can’t go wrong with these, and your recipe is so simple. If you add some spices to them will they last just as long?

06.22.2016 at5:07 AM #

Katie Morford

I would think dried, ground spices would keep just fine. Glad you like them.

05.10.2017 at9:20 AM #


Will this work as well with whole almonds? They seem to work better in most of my recipes.

05.10.2017 at9:20 AM #

Katie Morford

I’m sure they will. You may need to cook them a little longer. You could also do this with slivered almonds.

07.24.2017 at10:43 AM #


These are so much better than the bagged ones, best of all I got to control the salt, some times ya have to have salty!

07.24.2017 at10:43 AM #

Katie Morford

I have to agree…and yes about the salt! Thanks for the comment!

10.14.2017 at1:50 AM #

The Indian girl

Hi, but olive oil shouldn’t be heated more right? How could u heat it for that long?

10.14.2017 at1:50 AM #

Katie Morford

These are done in about five minutes at medium-high heat, so I don’t see it as a problem as far as the oil goes.

02.16.2018 at5:05 PM #

Melissa Ziemba

Sooo good! I chopped my whole almonds and then followed recipe. I could these until I’m sick! I made these for my chicken salad-delicious! Thank you!

01.06.2019 at5:41 PM #


I had lots of leftover sliced almonds from my holiday baking and this was a great way to add them to my daily salads or whatever! Thank you!

01.06.2019 at5:41 PM #

Katie Morford

Perfect use for leftover almonds! Glad you like the recipe.

09.19.2019 at8:43 PM #


This is perfect for my boyfriend and I z we love almonds and anything with nuts. I’m going to try this recipe this weekend and I’m sure I’ll never go back to salted store bought almonds. Thank you for sharing this gem! Cheers from my kitchen to yours.

09.19.2019 at8:43 PM #

Katie Morford

Hope you enjoy it!

07.05.2020 at9:33 AM #

catherine doughty

Ty for this recipe. I have tons of sliced almonds. This will be great I’m a big salad eater. Stay safe !

07.20.2020 at8:39 AM #


Can’t you store it in room temperature? Its nicely roasted after all.

07.20.2020 at8:39 AM #

Katie Morford

Absolutely. I just happened to like how refrigeration keeps them extra crisp.

01.08.2021 at7:45 AM #

Abhipsa Behera

How long can I store these for?

01.08.2021 at7:45 AM #

Katie Morford

I think they taste good for a couple of weeks. You can store them in the fridge for maximum shelf life.

10.31.2021 at7:59 PM #

Monisha Srinivasan

Thank you for sharing this recipe. Will use them on my chocolates without the salt maybe.

05.13.2022 at3:28 PM #


Not something I would eat… Nuts and almonds are WAY too calorific for me (despite both being stereotypically healthy), but my husband LOVES this recipe. I’ve made it for him many times over the years, so thought it was about time I left a comment!. Quick and simple. Can be made in a frying pan, as well as a saucepan. Hubby enjoys the the smell of the nuts cooking, and they last seemingly forever in a tightly sealed tupperware container or glass jar. Great for trail mix type snacks, salad toppers, curry toppers, or just about any other topper!! Highly recommend… If you’re not a rexie 🤣

05.13.2022 at3:28 PM #

Katie Morford

Thanks for telling me that! I appreciate it. And it’s worth sharing that there’s been some interesting research linking increased nut consumption with less long-term weight gain and decreased risk for obesity.

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