My Mom’s Killer Pan Roasted Almonds

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).

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.

Simple to make –browned and salted in a hot skillet slicked with olive oil — they’re miles better than what you’ll find in a bag of pre-roasted almonds.

Pomegranate and Toasted Almond BowlEat them warm, or store them in a jar in the fridge, where they stay crisp and delicious, excellent any which way:

  • Sprinkled over cooked vegetables, such as broccoli or asparagus doused with lemon juice
  • Added to yogurt, the saltiness making a nice counterpoint to the tang of yogurt and sweetness of fruit
  • Tossed into salads, from spinach to kale to delicate lettuces
  • Scattered over very simple pastas, particularly pesto pasta or Butter, Egg, and Cheese
  • Added to grains, such as rice, oatmeal, quinoa, or farro
  • Used as a garnish for avocado or nut butter toast.
  • Scattered 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.

Pan Roasted Almonds
5 from 7 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 katiemorford


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced almonds (not toasted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or a generous pinch of fleur de sel if you prefer)


  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 at 2:23 PM #


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

06.22.2016 at 5:07 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 at 5:07 AM #


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

05.10.2017 at 9:20 AM #


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

05.10.2017 at 9:20 AM #


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 at 10:43 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 at 10:43 AM #


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

10.14.2017 at 1:50 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 at 1:50 AM #


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 at 5:05 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 at 5:41 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 at 5:41 PM #


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

09.19.2019 at 8:43 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 at 8:43 PM #


Hope you enjoy it!

07.05.2020 at 9:33 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 at 8:39 AM #


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

07.20.2020 at 8:39 AM #


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

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