How to Toast Pecans

Toasting pecans is a simple way to bring out the nutty flavors and crunch. Learn how to toast pecans in the oven or in a pan to add to your favorite dishes. Toasting pecans takes the ordinary and turns them into extraordinary.

Toasted pecans are the perfect snack, in addition to a dessert or a salad. They also make a great gift when added to a pretty jar and tied with a big bow. 

It’s the holiday season, and pecans usually find their way into my kitchen and many dishes I prepare for the season. They are great in sweet and savory dishes and do a fabulous job enhancing the flavors.

Toasting pecans is quite simple, and with just 3 ingredients, you too can have them at your fingertips to do as you desire. In addition, toasting pecans brings out a nutty flavor, and that is perfect for snacking, baking, or adding to salads.

Toasted Pecans
Toasted Pecans

Ingredients for Toasted Pecans

 Look for fresh pecan halves at the grocery store or farmer’s market. 

Pecans– Always use fresh pecans. 

Oil– Use 1 Tablespoon oil

Salt– Use 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Toasting Pecans on the Stovetop

This is the method I prefer the most. It’s fast, easy, and you can regulate the heat as needed.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet, add 1 cup pecans and 1/4 teaspoon of salt—Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes stirring and flipping every minute until done. Cook until golden. You will begin to smell the toasted pecans, and you will know when they are done by the color and smell. Do Not walk away because they will burn quickly.

Toasting Pecans in the Oven

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Melt butter or use oil.

Place pecans in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle with butter or oil. Stir to ensure all pecans are evenly coated.

Roast in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. About halfway through the cooking process, flip the pecans over.

Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with salt. 

Let cool completely. Store in an air-tight bag, jar or use as desired in a recipe.

Toasted Pecans
Toasted Pecans

Why Should I Toast Pecans?

Toasting nuts will draw the natural oils to the surface. It also adds to a deeper color, brings out the flavor and crunchiness. As a result, toasted nuts improve the flavors in many dishes.

How Long Do You Toast Pecans?

The cooking time will vary depending on the flavors used in the recipes below. A good rule of thumb is to watch closely and never walk away from toasting pecans. You will know when they are done by the aroma and the color- golden brown. Cool completely before popping into your mouth or storing in a bag or jar.

Can I Toast Pecans with Butter or Oil?

Yes, you certainly can toast your pecans in oil or butter. The choice is entirely up to you. If you want to add salt to your pecans, the oil and butter will help the salt stick. Add a tablespoon of butter or oil to the skillet with 1 cup of pecans.

Variations and Add-Ins

Keep in mind all cooking times vary. Keep an eye on your pecans and never walk away. You will know when they are done by the golden brown color and the aroma. Best when cooled. Once pecans have cooked, spread them out on a sheet of parchment paper and let them cool completely before adding to a jar, bag, or air-tight container.

Spicy Pecans: To the skillet, add 1 cup of pecans, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or less), depending on your taste. 

Cinnamon and Sugar: My favorite! To a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter, add 1/4 cup white sugar, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, give a good stir and add 1 cup pecans. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring almost continuously. The sugar will melt and mix with the cinnamon.

Garlic and Herb: To the skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, some fresh herbs of your choice, such as rosemary, and 1 cup of pecans.

Sweet, Salty & Spicy: To the skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1 cup of pecans.

Toasted Pecans
Toasted Pecans

How To Store Toasted Pecans

Once pecans have cooled completely, store them in an air-tight bag or container at room temperature or a cool dark place for up to a week or a month. Or, store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Mine never, ever, last that long. 

Keep in mind the flavor, and the nuts can go bad over time. So use rather quickly after toasting for the best flavor.

For the best flavor, toast as needed. They only take minutes to prepare and are worth the flavor and freshness.

Recipes You Will Love Using Pecans

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Toasted Pecans

Toasted Pecans

Gina Abernathy
Toasting pecans is a simple way to bring out the nutty flavors and crunch. Learn how to toast pecans in the oven or in a pan to add to your favorite dishes. Toasting pecans takes the ordinary and turns them into extraordinary.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon oil/butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

Toasting Pecans on the Stovetop

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet, add 1 cup pecans and 1/4 teaspoon of salt—Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes stirring and flipping every minute until done. Cook until golden. You will begin to smell the toasted pecans, and you will know when they are done by the color and smell. Do Not walk away because they will burn quickly.

Toasting Pecans in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Melt butter or use oil.
  • Place pecans in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle with butter or oil. Stir to ensure all pecans are evenly coated.
  • Roast in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. About halfway through the cooking process, flip the pecans over.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with salt. 
  • Let cool completely. Store in an air-tight bag, jar or use as desired in a recipe.
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love pecans! Why do I only think of them during the holidays?? I can’t wait to make the sweet and spicy version!

  2. 5 stars
    I love simple snacking recipes as simple as something like this, super yum!!! I can’t even have nuts, but I know tons who can that would love this! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I have roasted slivered almonds but never toasted pecans. Thanks for giving two easy ways to toast them, along with sweet and savory variations. I’ll have to give these a try!

  4. 5 stars
    I think the sugar and cinnamon version would be my favorite! I can imagine the kitchen filling with the aromas of candied nuts and cinnamon! Did you ever try roasting them with bacon bits? That’s our home version. Yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    It’s amazing how a couple of minutes of toasting can make such a huge difference to a simple nut! But toasted nuts are so amazing! Thanks for these easy instructions to use for any person who wants to toast pecans!

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