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How to Toast Seeds

Cumin SeedsThere may be times where you see a recipe that calls for toasted seeds or seeds to be toasted, as an ingredient or topping.

Seeds are a very healthy part of your diet, even if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan…Seeds can accentuate not only the flavor profile of a dish, but increase the nutrients, and make your dish more aesthetically pleasing.

All kinds of seeds can be used such as sesame seeds (white & black ones), pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cumin seeds, dill seeds, poppy seeds, chia seeds, fennel seeds and the like.

In fact, many ethnic recipes call for seeds to be toasted before grinding up a spice mixture or pulverizing it with a mortar & pestle.

This is very simple to do, so don’t let it be a bigger job in your head than it really is.


  1. In a clean, dry frying pan on medium heat, add desired amount of seeds to be toasted.
  2. Shake the pan back and forth frequently, keeping a keen eye on them in the pan, so they don’t burn. You will see the seeds start to toast. Try to toast them evenly by continuing to shake pan back and forth.
  3. Then, remove from the pan as soon as they are the desired color.

You will be able to smell the aroma of the spices. Toasting seeds changes the not only the color, but the flavor and the texture of them.


I hope you enjoyed this How to Cook post on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…

Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com.

Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos.

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