Easy Roasted Pecans Recipe (2024)

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posted by Amy Johnsonon September 9, 2014 (updated Feb 6, 2019) 10 comments »

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An easy Roasted Pecans Recipefor making a batch of irresistible nutty goodness that is perfect for appetizers, snacks or sharing as an edible gift.

The bowl of nuts still in their bumpy shells, accompanied by a variety of nut extraction tools, was always there, right beside the pair of black pleather recliners. Walnuts, filberts (aka hazelnuts), brazil nuts, almonds, and always pecans. Always pecans. My grandparents were nuts about nuts. It’s a good thing. Every holiday, every family gathering, every time there were more than the two of them in the house was reason enough to roast pecans. The house would fill with a glorious aroma of buttered nuts, sprinkled with a little bit of salt. It was all we could do to wait until they cooled just enough to grab a handful to gobble up. What a treat!

If you’ve never enjoyed Roasted Pecans, you are missing out, and should get to making a batch right away. That’s an order! Of course, I jest. But you should put it on your list of food to try. Roasting pecans, or any other nuts for that matter, is so easy and not only makes for a great addition to a party menu, but a terrific edible gift to share all year round. Package a few cups of roasted nuts in a clear cellophane bag, tied up with string and that new neighbor will be your new best friend. Send a bag to school with your kids and put a smile on their teacher’s face. Try it and see for yourself.

Three simple ingredients are all that is needed to roast a batch of nutty goodness: butter, nuts, and salt. That’s it, plus about 20 minutes of total cook time. It doesn’t get much easier than that. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get to roasting!

Easy Roasted Pecans Recipe

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Easy Roasted Pecans Recipe

Yield: About 4 cups.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

These easy roasted nuts are perfect for adding to a party spread or sharing as an edible gift.


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound pecan halves (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Add butter to a large baking sheet, place in oven for a couple of minutes to melt butter.
  3. Remove baking sheet from oven, add pecans and salt, toss to coat, and spread in even layer.
  4. Return baking sheet to oven and bake for 15 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking time. Watch and be careful not to burn nuts.
  5. Store in a tightly sealed container or zip top bag until ready to serve.

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originally published on September 9, 2014 (last updated Feb 6, 2019)

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10 comments on “Easy Roasted Pecans Recipe”

  1. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life BlogReply

    I can just imagine how AMAZING your kitchen must smell as these roast!!

  2. Natalie | Paper & BirchReply

    These look perfect to go on our dinner tonight – thanks Amy! 🙂

  3. JessicaReply

    Yum! Add Rosemary and you have perfection!

    • Lori

      I tried this and 350° is way too high. The pecans were burning up in less than 8 minutes. I’ll try again sometime with the temperature at 275° – 300°.

  4. Nancy RamsayReply

    This is our family recipe from at least 4 generations with the exception that we roast in a slow oven (275 degrees) for about 4-6 hours or until desired tenderness. My mother-in-law’s family used to own a pecan grove back in the late 1890s and this was the same ingredients in our family recipe. A tip from my mother-in-law, start a Christmas Club in order to purchase these pricey pecans….we have to have enough to gift out to our doctor, minister, neighbors, etc. and have plenty on hand for holiday visitors.

    • Goodforall

      275 is the only way to go! Any higher will burn them. Usually takes between 35 and 45 minutes.

  5. Andrea MurrayReply

    Thank you for the recipe. Turned out great! Christmas pj party today. Merry Christmas!

  6. SASReply

    Bringing these to your house tomorrow! Merry Christmas, Sista!

  7. Michelle AtkinsonReply

    My husband has been begging me for SEVERAL years to make roasted pecans for him. I have never had a recipe for them……..Until now!!! Thank you SO much for posting!!

  8. Jody Lynett Mayes SandersReply

    I’ll have to find my picture from 2019-2020. I make these every year from my dad. I added apple pie flavored sugar last year.

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Easy Roasted Pecans Recipe (2024)


What is the best way to roast pecans? ›

Your oven is also a great tool for toasting pecans. For this method, preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until they begin to brown and become aromatic, making sure to toss halfway through, 7 to 10 minutes.

What is the difference between roasted and toasted pecans? ›

Toasted pecans are not roasted pecans. Toasted pecans are cooked in a pan on the stove. I prefer to make roasted pecans in the oven because the pecans cook more evenly this way.

Why do you soak pecans before roasting? ›

Wet pecans allow the salt to stick easily to the nuts. Plus, soaking nuts helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors, which can harm your digestion, and reduce phytates, which decrease nutrient absorption. Just submerge your nuts in water while the oven is heating up and you'll be good to go.

How do you toast pecans on top of the stove? ›

Toasting Pecans on the Stove Top

Set a medium or large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the pecans. After 1 minute,stir the pecans occasionally until they are fragrant and mottled with golden brown spots, 6 to 7 minutes.

What is the best method for roasting nuts? ›

Hands down, the best method for toasting nuts is in the oven. In my experience, it produces the best flavor and yields the most even results, especially for large batches.

Should you always toast pecans before baking? ›

Answer: Yes, nuts are great as-is, but they can be better. Way better. Toasting nuts draws the natural oils to the surface, intensifying the rich nutty essence, creating a deeper color, and making the nuts crunchier. Toasting your nuts prior to adding them to a recipe can improve the flavor and texture of any dish.

Are oven roasted pecans good for you? ›

Roasted salted pecans are more than just a delicious snack; they are a nutritional powerhouse that can contribute to a healthy diet in various ways. From providing essential nutrients and antioxidants to promoting weight management and heart health, these nuts are truly worth incorporating into your daily routine.

Are oven roasted pecans healthy? ›

Absolutely! Pecans are full of healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber. Combined with the natural sweetness of maple, they're a healthier choice for a sweet treat or easy snack recipe.

Why are my roasted pecans bitter? ›

I started doing some research, and I found a little-known trick to making pecans taste sweeter: Soaking and rinsing the shelled nuts in lukewarm water before roasting removes the tannins and pieces of corky material that can cause pecans to taste bitter.

Should I toast pecans whole or chopped? ›

I recommend toasting pecan halves and then chopping after baking. Unfortunately chopped pecans are less likely to toast evenly and are more likely to burn. However, if you only have chopped pecans on hand you can use this method but check and stir the pecans after 3 minutes.

Can dogs eat pecans? ›

Why Pecans are Toxic for Dogs. Pecans contain juglone, a compound found in walnuts and pecans that is harmful to dogs and horses. Juglone can cause digestive issues, which usually results in vomiting. Pecans can also get a mold that contains aflatoxin called aspergillus.

Why are roasted pecans so good? ›

Roasting the pecan nuts helps draw out the natural oils, creating that nice crunchy texture. If you are worried about excessive oils, don't be. Most nuts contain enough oils which prevent them from absorbing more. Pecans contain monounsaturated fats which some studies indicate can lower your cholesterol levels.

How long does it take to roast nuts in the oven? ›

Spread them out in an even layer on a sheet pan, and pop them in a 350° oven. Generally speaking, lighter, more tender nuts like pecans, pistachios, and walnuts will take 6-8 minutes to get to a good place. Denser nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, and macadamias will take more like 8-10 minutes to finish toasting.

Why do people boil pecans? ›

Boiling pecans before cracking them can actually help prevent the shell from shattering. Here's how to boil them to loosen the shell but not cook the meat: ● Bring a large pot of water to a gentle boil ● Add the pecans and let cook for 10-15 minutes ● Drain and let cool ● Get to cracking!

How long do you soak raw pecans? ›

  1. Place the pecans and salt in a large glass or stainless steel bowl along with 8 cups of water. The pecans will swell during the soaking process, so you want enough water to keep them covered.
  2. Leave them on the counter to soak for 4-8 hours. ...
  3. After they are done soaking, drain and rinse in a colander.

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