How to salt unsalted nuts? (+3 Tips)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to salt unsalted nuts?”, discuss the detail of every method that is used to salt the unsalted nuts and what kind of nuts can be salted using a particular method.

How do you salt unsalted nuts?

Here is how you can salt the unsalted nuts. 

  • Take water in a pan and boil it. 
  • Put a strainer over it to make sure it does not dip in the water. 
  • Add the unsalted nuts to it and let the steam coat the water for 30 seconds
  • Remove the nuts and sprinkle salt on them 
  • Steam will allow the salt to stick; air dry before serving

There are many other ways to salt unsalted nuts. You can try to heat them in a preheated pan with few splashes of oil in it. Toss the nuts in it and sprinkle some salt over them. This can also be achieved by steaming the nuts, soaking the nuts in brine, and roasting the nuts in the oven.

4 quick ways to salt the unsalted nuts

Buying salted nuts can be so costly so it will be better for you to salt them by yourself. Salting the nuts by yourself can help you have a check on the amount of salt to be added and it also helps you to use and avoid additives and oils that you do not want to eat. For salting the plain nuts, heating them in the pan is the quickest way. While steaming is the healthiest, soaking them in brine is best for shelled nuts, and roasting is best for maximum crispiness. The details of each method are given below, you can try any one of these depending on your choice:


Heating is the quickest way to salt unsalted nuts. In this method, you need to preheat the pan first. Add some oil, enough to coat the nuts, to the pan. Toss the nuts in the preheated and oiled pan. Sprinkle the required amount of salt on the nuts. Keep tossing the nuts for 1 to 2 minutes. After this, let them cool for a while and then you can eat them and ENJOY.

This method is also good for already roasted nuts. Moreover, you can avoid adding oil to the nuts while heating, as the natural oils of the nuts, will be released during the process and they will help in sticking the salt on the nuts.


Steaming is the super healthy way to salt unsalted nuts. In this method, you need to boil some water in the pan. Then you have to keep the nuts in a strainer over the boiling water for atleast 30 seconds. The steam generated by the boiling water will help you coat the nuts with a layer of sticky water. Stir the nuts thoroughly to ensure that all of them get exposed to the water. Meanwhile, sprinkle the required amount of salt on the steamed nuts and continuously toss them. Now, leave the nuts to be air-dried. Salted nuts are ready to be SERVED.


Soaking the nuts in brine when they are still in their shells is the only method to salt them. The brine tends to penetrate the shells of the nuts and soak them. The nuts with their shells removed can also be coated following this method. Since the nuts have been soaked in a concentrated solution of salt, you need to dry them. For this, you can place them in the oven on low heat or you can use a dehydrator.

In this method, you put the nuts in a deep bowl that is filled with brine solution. The bowl is then covered and kept in a dark place for some time depending on the type of nut you are salting. Once soaked, drain the brine. And dry the nuts in the dehydrator or oven. Let them cool before you eat them.

This method is especially used for raw nuts and when nuts are left to be cooled, they crisp up and their natural oil is reabsorbed.


This method is used to roast and salt the raw nuts at the same time. Following this method, you need to add some ingredients like oil, honey, or butter to make the salt stick to the nuts being roasted. Egg whites can also be used to serve the purpose.

In this method, you have to preheat the oven at low heat first. Spread an even layer of the nuts on the baking tray and spray the nuts with oil or any other sticking agent. Heat the nuts in the oven on medium heat. This step helps the natural oil of the nuts to come out and cover the surface of the nuts. Now take the baking tray out and salt the nuts. Put the nuts back into the oven and let them be roasted. Once roasted, let them cool a bit, and then you can enjoy salted and roasted nuts.

You can also use this method for pre-roasted nuts. But for this, you need to reduce the time for oven heating because this can result in burning the nuts.

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to salt unsalted nuts?”, discussed the detail of every method that is used to salt the unsalted nuts and what type of nuts can be salted using a particular method.