How to Roast Pecans

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Roasted pecans bring out the festive spirit at a party or a holiday fair. However, they are an easy snack to keep around the house year-round. It’s a big bonus that the act of roasting them fills the house with a rich, buttery scent.


  • 1 lb. (453g) pecan halves
  • 4 tbsp. (57g) salted butter
  • 1 tsp. (6g) salt

Optional Ingredients for Sweet Roasted Pecans

  • Up to 1 cup (200g) of white sugar (optional)
  • 2 egg whites (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. (30ml) water (optional)
  • 3 tsp. (7.8g) ground cinnamon (optional)


[Edit]Prepping Your Pecans

  1. Crack pecans if they are still in the shells. Remove them and separate the pecan halves in a bowl. You can also purchase shelled pecan halves at the grocery store.
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  2. Choose if you want to sugar your pecans as you roast them. You will need a few extra ingredients if you want them to be both sweet and salty.
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  3. Mix the water and egg whites if you are making sugar roasted pecans. Beat the mixture until it is fluffy. Fold in the pecans to coat them.

  4. Spread the pecan halves onto a large rimmed baking sheet.

  5. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (149 degrees Celsius).
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[Edit]Seasoning the Pecans

  1. Mix your dry seasonings together. If you are doing simple, salty pecans, this will consist of only salt. If you are doing sweet pecans, mix the sugar, salt and cinnamon.[1]

  2. Pour the dry ingredients into a shaker or just carefully shake the seasonings onto the baking sheet by hand.

  3. Cut the butter into small pieces. Place them on top of the pecans in even intervals.[2]

[Edit]Roasting the Pecans

  1. Place the pan in the preheated oven. Cook for 10 minutes.

  2. Stir the pecans with a large spoon or spatula. Return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.

  3. Watch the oven until they look perfectly browned. Remove them from the oven when ready.
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  4. Set them on a cooling rack. After they have cooled slightly, transfer them to airtight containers to store.



  • To reduce the chances that the sugar browns too quickly, you can reduce the heat of the oven to 225 degrees (107 Celsius) and cook the pecans more slowly for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Shaker
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Timer
  • Airtight containers


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