How to roast nuts in an Air Fryer

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Making roasted nuts at home is easier than you think and barely takes a few minutes! Learn how to air-fry this oil-free, one-ingredient healthy snack at home today.

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Healthy Roasted Nuts

What is your favorite afternoon snack? While smoothies make for a satisfying 3.00 PM option but if you are craving something crunchy go for these roasted nuts instead of chips. They are not only delicious but also good for you!

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Why nuts are good for you

Nuts are a good source of protein, fat, and fiber and are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. They provide protection against heart disease and diabetes. It also keeps you satiated for a long time preventing mindless snacking. So the next time hunger strikes, reach out for nuts instead of chips. Make sure to keep your intake to 1 ounce (~ 30g) which is about 20 almonds or 15 cashews or about 30 pistachio kernels or 9 walnut kernels.

Why you should roast nuts at home

Getting store-bought roasted nuts may seem convenient but they come at a cost to our health and budget. Many store-bought toasted nuts contain additives that are not healthy for you. Here’s why you should roast nuts at home –

  • Cheaper than store-bought
  • No added oils!
  • Preservative-free.
  • Easy to make.
  • They also make a nice gift!

Roasting nuts at home is not as cumbersome as you may think it is – all it needs is 10 minutes. Let’s get you started!

Looking for roasted nuts with a twist? Try this honey-roasted nuts or if you like it spicy, this air fryer spiced nut version will be perfect for you.

What is the best way to roast nuts?

Though the oven is commonly used to roast nuts I prefer using an air fryer because of the following reasons –

  1. No preheating is required.
  2. Cooks faster.
  3. Easy to toss the nuts halfway through the cooking process.
An overhead shot of roasted cashews, almonds and hazelnuts
Roasted cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts

How to roast nuts in an air fryer

Here’s how we roast nuts in an air fryer –

  1. Set the temperature to 325°F.
  2. Depending on the nuts used, the timings will change
    • Almonds – 6 minutes
    • Peanuts – 10 minutes
    • Hazelnuts – 6 minutes
    • Cashew nuts – 8 minutes
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Air fried Cashews
  • Make sure to toss the nuts at the halfway mark for even browning.
  • Let the nuts completely cool before storing them in a glass container.
Roasted hazelnuts being cooled in a pan
Hazelnuts roasted in an air-fryer

Recipes that you can make with roasted nuts include nut butter and snacks such as this poha chivda. Making nut butter at home is a breeze when you have roasted nuts in your pantry.

  1. Almond Butter– Considered the healthiest of the nut butter, quickly make this delicious and creamy almond butter at home.
  2. Homemade cashew butter – You have to try this creamy and delicious cashew butter, and it might just become your favorite nut butter. Spread it on toast, add it to smoothies, or even when making granolas – you will love the fresh, homemade taste!
  3. Peanut butter – Learn how to make your own creamy and healthy homemade peanut butter with this one ingredient recipe.
  4. Hazelnut butter – This hazelnut butter recipe is a healthy take on the popular hazelnut spread – Nutella. Make it at home in less than 10 minutes using your food processor.
  5. Homemade trail mix – Learn how to easily make your trail mix at home with this simple and filling snack mix recipe!
  6. Air fryer honey roasted nuts – Sweet with a hint of saltiness, these air-fried honey roasted nuts make a fantastic snack on the go and are perfect for entertaining.
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Simple Roasted Nuts Recipe using Air Fryer

These healthy roasted nuts come together in a cinch – so much better than store-bought! Make them in your air-fryer today.
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Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup nuts almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts etc.


  • Set the temperature to 325°F.
  • Depending on the nuts used, the timings will change (Almonds – 6 minutes, Peanuts, 10 minutes, Hazelnuts – 6 minutes, and cashew nuts – 8 minutes)
  • Make sure to toss the nuts at the halfway mark for even browning.
  • Let the nuts completely cool before storing in a glass container away from direct sunlight.


The nutrition info is calculated for cashews. 
Read the post…For helpful information on ingredient swaps, storage tips, meal prep ideas, and variations!

Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Serving: 0.25cups of cashewsCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 12mgIron: 2mg
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
Course: Accompaniment
Method: Air fryer
Keywords: air fried, roasted, toasted
Cuisine: Fusion
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  1. What about Bunya nuts ??
    I’d like to roast – and try “dehydrating” ( to make flour)
    any time suggestions welcome !!

  2. Iam going to do cashews nuts in the airfrier when do you add salt to them as this will be my first time to try this

      1. Hi, I made this Nutella chocolate recipe, it turned out bitter, I used honey as a sweetener, any clue why

  3. 5 stars
    Almonds are wonderful in the air fryer! We don’t eat them any other way. They are not as hard either when they are air fried!

    1. Andrea, I haven’t tried it but since pine nuts are smaller in size, I would try 2 minutes and at 325F.

      1. I have soaked my raw almonds overnight to reduce physical acid in them. Then drain them for a day on the bench. Do you think 6 minutes for pre soaked nuts will be enough? And would your recommended temperature be ok? I’m trialing ot right now so time will tell lol.

      2. I’ve never tried with soaked almonds, so no idea how that’ll work. If you get a chance, please do come back and share your experience.

  4. 5 stars
    I often do curried cashews in my oven for 45 mins. If I do small batches in the air fryer will the curry smell taint the appliance?

  5. 5 stars
    This is a great way to do small-batch roasted nuts! I like to toast just what I need as I use them for a recipe or snack since nuts last longer when kept in their raw state.

    My air fryer has a rotating basket that makes this task a breeze.

    1. Sure you could do that too! Just coat it with a bit of oil so that the spices stick to the nuts.

      1. No, I don’t. I don’t use oil at all. They release their natural oils.