how to roast and skin hazelnuts

How to Roast and Skin Hazelnuts

The flavor of hazelnuts (aka filberts) is greatly enhanced when you roast them in the oven. Unlike other nuts, they require the extra step of removing the excess skins. The following step by step instructions will take you through the whole process, leaving you with wonderfully toasted hazelnuts to snack on or use in your favorite recipes.

How to Roast and Skin Hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Shell hazelnuts (if necessary) and place raw hazelnuts on a rimmed baking pan.

Roast in preheated oven for 20 –  30 minutes. (depending on your oven temp and other factors, such as size)

raw hazelnuts

The hazelnut skins should be blistered and the inside golden brown before they are removed from the oven.

roasted hazelnuts

Immediately, while they are still hot, place the hazelnuts on a large, flour-sack type dish towel.


toasted hazelnuts on towel

Wrap them up in the towel, twisting the top, and allow them to steam for a few minutes.

hazelnuts steaming in towel

Leaving them wrapped in the towel, massage the hazelnuts to remove the skins that want to come off. They don’t usually come off completely.

toasted hazelnuts in towel

toasted hazelnuts on towel

Pick out the hazelnuts and discard the skins.

hazelnut skins

Now they are ready for Spiced Hazelnuts, salads, oatmeal. etc.

toasted hazelnuts with skins peeled off