Brazil nuts are both delicious and nutritious when raw. However, roasting them really adds to the flavor, without compromising the high nutrient value of the food. This process is also extremely helpful if you buy shelled nuts as they can be notoriously difficult to crack. Therefore, you definitely should learn how to roast Brazil nuts.
Doing this is easy, and will take you very little time and even less effort. You can roast them in a pan or an oven. The flavor will be a little different depending on which method you choose, so be sure to try both.
How to Roast Brazil Nuts in a Pan
- Take a thick-bottomed skillet or pan and set it on the stove.
Note that the nuts should be roasted at medium heat.
- Let the pan heat up for about four minutes before adding the nuts.
Spread them in one layer and don’t overcrowd the pan, as you’ll need to turn them.
- Take a spatula and start turning the nuts every minute or so while they are roasting.
There is no definite time limit for pan-roasting Brazil nuts, so you’ll need to rely on your personal taste to decide when exactly your snack is ready. Pay attention to the smell, as they will start emitting a rich, nutty aroma when properly cooked.
- Add some salt and/or spices.
Make your snack even more delicious by adding salt and your favorite spices while the nuts are hot. They will absorb more flavors this way.
How to Roast Brazil Nuts in an Oven
- Heat the oven.
The perfect temperature for roasting Brazil nuts is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that you should never put nuts inside the oven while it’s still cold.
- Prepare the nuts.
Cover a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper and spread the nuts over it in an even layer.
- Let the nuts roast for five minutes.
Then, take the pan out and stir them well.
- Leave the nuts in the oven for five more minutes.
By this time they should be perfectly roasted. Take the pan out and season the nuts with salt, spices, and herbs while they are still warm.
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As you can see, roasting Brazil nuts is very simple, but the difference in flavor is significant. Don’t waste an opportunity to enrich your diet with this delicious and healthy snack.