Toasting Spices for More Flavor

Toasting spices is a great way to bring out their natural flavors and aromas, and it's a simple process that can be done in just a few minutes. Here's a step by step guide on how to do it. 

Toasting the following spices before using to enhance the flavor:

To release the flavor:

  • allspice
  • caraway
  • green cardamom
  • dill seed
  • fennel
  • Sichuan
  • star anise

To bring out the nuttiness:

  • ajwain
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • mustard
  • nigella
  • sesame

Spice Toasting Tutorial:

  • Heat a heavy-bottom, dry skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Add spices. We recommend stating with one spice at a time, as toasting time can be different. 

  • Stir constantly! Spices can burn very quickly and you want to make sure they are evenly toasted.

  • Toast for 2-3 minutes until they become fragrant and slightly darker in color.  Over toasting can make them bitter.

  • Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.  Transferring is important! If you leave them in the skillet they continue to toast. 

  • Store in an airtight container. 

Pro Tips:

  • Taste as you go! As you toast, pull a few seeds out so you can taste how the flavor changes.

  • Grind after completely cool. Wait until cool, otherwise the spices can get clumpy if you try to grind hot. If not using immediately, store as whole spices and grind just before use.

  • Toasting will intensify the flavor. You may want to try less of a toasted spice in a recipe.

  • You will burn spices! Don't be discouraged. Keep trying!!

  • Try toasting ground spices. Ground spices can be quickly toasted for about 30-seconds. Have a bowl ready to quickly transfer off of the heat. 

Toasting spices unlocks new flavors and aromas of your favorite spices. Give it a try and see how it can transform your dishes!