How to Toast Pecans

An easy recipe for how to toast pecans in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of pecans, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods like my Pecan Pie or Hummingbird Cake, and more!

An easy recipe for how to toast pecans in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of pecans, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods, and more!
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Toasting pecans is an easy way to enhance their flavor and an extra step you should put on auto-pilot: Just do it. Toast the pecans.

Whether you toast them in the oven or on the stove top, it only takes a few minutes and you can dramatically improve the taste of your pecans. If you're going to eat them, you might as well make them the best they can be!

How do you toast Pecans in the oven?

  1. First, decide if you want to toss the pecans in fat (oil or clarified butter are both good choices) before toasting. You can also add salt, sugar, or other spices if you want to.
  2. Toast pecans in a preheated oven on a rimmed baking sheet for 7 to 10 minutes. Stir or shake the pan occasionally so the nuts brown evenly without burning.

An easy recipe for how to toast pecans in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of pecans, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods, and more!

How do you toast Pecans on the stove?

If you have a small quantity of pecans to toast, this is a really great way to get the job done.

  1. First, decide if you want to toss the pecans in oil or add any spices.
  2. Next, add the pecans to a skillet and toast over medium-heat until browned (one shade darker than they originally were) and fragrant.

An easy recipe for how to toast pecans in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of pecans, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods, and more!

What are some good seasonings for toasted pecans?

Mix any of the following spice combinations with 1-2 tablespoons oil or butter for 1 cup pecans:

  • Cinnamon and sugar blend: 1/4 cup sugar +1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Chex-Mix flavors: 1-1/2 tsp. Worcestershire + 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt + 1/4 tsp. garlic powder + pinch onion powder
  • Cajun seasoning blend
  • Sweet & spicy blend: 1 tbsp. sugar + 1/2 tsp. salt + 1/4 tsp. cumin + pinch cayenne
  • Pumpkin spice: 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp. pumpkin spice + pinch salt
  • Chili seasoning blend
5 from 2 votes

How to Toast Pecans

An easy recipe for how to toast pecans in the oven or on the stove. Enhance the flavor of pecans, then add to salads, snack mixes, baked goods, and more!
Course Appetizer, Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword pecans
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 (1/4 cup) servings
Calories 188kcal
  • 1 cup pecans or more
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or clarified butter, optional
  • Salt optional

To toast pecans in the oven:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • Toss pecans in oil and salt if desired. Arrange in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Toast until browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 7 to 10 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

To toast pecans on the stove:

  • Toss pecans in oil and salt if desired. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat pecans until browned and fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from skillet and chop or use as desired. Or, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal

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  1. Karla

    Please stop calling great food crack. Think about it . Thank you.

    1. Marcel Kincaid

      Aside from the fact that you posted your complaint on the wrong recipe, the complaint is absurd because that’s what the stuff is called, and it was called that long before the drug. Think about it.

    2. meggan

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      -Meggan

  2. Robin

    Excellent and easy.5 stars

  3. Peyton Adkins

    FINALLY an easy way to do this without fancy equipment! Any suggestions on desserts to add these to!?5 stars

    1. Stacie

      Peyton,
      Besides snacking on this delicious treat, you can used them in snowball/ Mexican wedding cookies. Adding them to salads is great too! Enjoy.

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