Oh These Nuts? Toasted Hazelnuts Recipe

I LOVE toasted hazelnuts (and stuff they come in, like Nutella) – they’re an amazing topping for sassing up any basic veggie dish, salad, oatmeal, or dessert in a flash.

But when you buy hazelnuts they usually come with those pesky skins still on them.

Luckily, they’re easy (and fun) to remove.

So check out this week’s recipe to see how to toast and skin hazelnuts (and make your kitchen smell heavenly) in 5 minutes.

Toasted Hazelnuts

Here’s the How-To…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place 1 cup of raw hazelnuts on a dry baking sheet.
  3. Roast hazelnuts in the oven for about 5 minutes until skins turn dark and start to blister.
  4. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, then pick up all the nuts in a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Wrap the nuts in the towel and rub your hands together for about 10 seconds — all the skins should just rub right off!
  6. Enjoy whole as a snack or roughly chop the hazelnuts to enjoy on top of salads, veggie side dishes, oatmeal, or yogurt all week!


  • Liz says:

    Love it Heather, Simple and quick! Hazelnuts are getting added to my shopping list.

  • Harvey Weber says:

    That’s exactly what I do as I also love hazelnuts ….. except I roast them for ten minutes in a smaller toaster sized oven.



  • Beth says:

    Thank you for the info on hazelnuts. I’ll use them now that I know the easy way to skin them.


    I like the method, the hazelnuts are difficult to crack, I put them in a plastic bag and gently hit them with a mallet. Worked perfectly.

  • Carolyn says:

    I’ve been using Julie Child’s tip for yrs, very simple. Bring 2 cups of water to boil then add 3 TB of baking soda & 1 cup of hazelnuts, boil 3-5 mins & drain, skins come off easily. Toast nuts in a 350 oven between 14-15 mins

  • Craig Seaton says:

    I do this on hot summer day if oven is not desired. Place on plate in microwave a cook. you will first smell the aroma of fresh hazelnuts – Stop and stir. Restart and then that fresh smell will change to a roasted smell. At that time stop and drop in cloth lined bowl as you video and rest. The nut are still roasting. After awhile then rub as in your directions. If you add a small amount of salt it will help break the skin. Just not to much. Note I always must make a pact or call a friend to have enough for the recipe :-). i.e. Make more that what the recipe calls for.

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