How to Roast Brazil Nuts

By A.J. Andrews

A few things you can do will improve the taste of roasted Brazil nuts. If you roast unshelled Brazil nuts in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes, it makes cracking them easier. If you want to bring out their inherent meatiness and heartiness, roast the Brazil nuts in a dry pan or in the oven after shelling them. Brazil nuts also take on the flavors and aromas of fresh herbs most effectively when they're still hot from roasting. Roast a handful or less of Brazil nuts on the stove, but for larger quantities, use the oven.


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Oven Roasting


Step 1

Heat the oven to 350 F. Spread the Brazil nuts in an even layer on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.


Step 2

Place the nuts in the oven. Roast the nuts for 5 minutes and stir them. Return the nuts to the oven.


Step 3

Roast the Brazils for another 5 minutes and slice a couple of them in half to see if they're done. Fully roasted Brazil nuts have a uniform, pale-tan color through the interior.


Step 4

Take the Brazil nuts out of the oven and season them to taste with kosher salt while hot. Add fresh herbs at this point, if you wish.

Pan Roasting


Step 5

Set a heavy-bottomed skillet on the stove over medium heat. Let the skillet heat for 3 to 4 minutes.


Step 6

Add the Brazil nuts to the pan in a even layer. Don't overcrowd the pan, because you need enough space for the nuts to slide in the pan when you turn them.


Step 7

Roast the Brazil nuts until a complex, nutty aroma perfumes your kitchen. Turn the nuts using a spatula every minute for even toasting. Test doneness by slicing a nut in half and checking for a uniform pale brown color throughout. Toss the nuts with kosher salt while hot.