When you learn How to Toast Pecans, you have the perfect addition to so many recipes! It is quick and easy to roast plain or seasoned pecans in a pan in the oven or on the stovetop in a skillet until they are crispy with a delicious crunch. You only need 10 minutes for this healthy and simple snack.

Toasted pecans on a large baking sheet that are going to be roasted in the oven.

Roasting Pecans

Toasting pecans in the oven brings out so much of their natural, nutty aroma and crunchy bite. While pecans taste great raw, roasting them in the oven or in a pan can really take them over the top!

Add them to healthy recipes such as Pecan Honey Chicken, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, Chopped Kale Salad, or Pumpkin Overnight Oats.

Or enjoy the sweeter side by mixing them into desserts and baked goods like this Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie.

No matter how you eat them, taking the extra 10 minutes to pop them in the oven is definitely worth the time! (Just like when roasting almonds, making toasted pine nuts, or toasting walnuts.)

Ingredients

  • Pecans. The only necessary ingredient! When purchasing pecans at your grocery store you will have the option of buying either raw pecans or already toasted pecans. Make sure you pick the raw pecans if you are planning to roast them in the oven at home.
  • Butter or Oil. Toss them in melted butter or olive oil before baking for a buttery taste.
  • Salt. Add a bit of sea salt to give the nuts more flavor.
  • Seasonings. Garlic salt, cinnamon, paprika, Blackened Seasoning or Taco Seasoning would be great on them, too.
A baking sheet with a layer of pecans showing how to roast pecans in the oven.

How to Toast Pecans in the Oven

1. Coat with Seasonings

If you are adding any butter, oil, or seasoning ingredients, toss the pecans in that mixture before roasting.

2. Roast in the Oven

Baking in the oven is ideal for batches larger than 1 cup.

Line a large, lightly colored, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place pecan halves in a single layer on the sheet.

Toast them in a preheated oven at 325°F for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

If you’re roasting pecan pieces, they’ll be done in 4-5 minutes.

Toasting pecans in a medium ceramic skillet.

How to Toast Pecans in a Pan

If you are preparing a smaller batch of pecans, using a medium or large skillet on the stove is an easy way to do it.

1. Heat a skillet

Keep the pan over a medium heat and add no more than 1 cup of pecans to the skillet in a single layer.

2. Toast for 3-5 minutes

Stir occasionally. You’ll know the pecans are done toasting when you begin to smell their nutty flavor and aroma.

A baking sheet with a layer of pecans showing how to toast pecans in the oven.
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FAQs

Are pecans good for you?

Yes, pecans are good for you as a healthy snack option that are full of fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats. A single ounce serving of pecans contains 196 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 20 grams of fat. Other health benefits of pecans include phytonutrients, zinc, and flavonoids.

Are pecans tree nuts?

Yes, pecans are tree nuts. Other tree nuts include almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, and walnuts.

How to pronounce pecan?

There is no one way to pronounce pecan. Some people — including Merriam Webster’s dictionary pronounce — pronounce it “puh – kaan,” while many others use “pee – can.”

How to store pecans?

To store pecans, simply place toasted pecans in an airtight container. They will last for up to 3-4 months if stored at room temperature, or up to 6 months if stored in the refrigerator

To freeze pecans, seal in a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to a year.

Tips & Tricks

  • Go raw. Make sure to not purchase already roasted nuts, otherwise you’ll end up double-cooking them!
  • Get creative. Coat the nuts with butter, salt, or a variety of seasonings for added flavor.
  • Use parchment paper. Not only does lining your baking sheet make cleanup a breeze, but it will add to the crispness!
  • The nose knows. When you smell the nutty aroma, the nuts are done.
  • Freeze ’em. Keep roasted pecans on hand by storing them in the freezer for up to a year.
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These recipes all taste incredible with a bit of roasted pecans on top:

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How to Toast Pecans

When you learn How to Toast Pecans, you have the perfect addition to so many recipes! It is quick and easy to roast plain or seasoned pecans in a pan in the oven or on the stovetop in a skillet until they are crispy with a delicious crunch.
A baking sheet with a layer of pecans showing how to roast pecans in the oven.
Yield 8 servings
Prep 2 minutes
Cook 8 minutes
Total 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1-4 cups pecans raw
  • Butter or oil optional
  • Salt or seasoning ingredients optional

Instructions 

  • If using butter, oil, or seasoning ingredients, toss pecans in the mixture until lightly coated.
    1-4 cups pecans, Butter or oil, Salt or seasoning ingredients

Toasting Pecans in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Line a large, lightly colored baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pecan halves in a single layer on the sheet. Toast in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    1-4 cups pecans

Toasting Pecans in a Pan

  • Heat a medium to large, non-stick dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add no more than 1 cup of pecans to the skillet in a single layer. Toast pecans for 3-5 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
    1-4 cups pecans

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Notes

Storage Instructions:
 Place toasted pecans in an airtight container. They will last for up to 3-4 months if stored at room temperature, up to 6 months if stored in the refrigerator, and up to a year in the freezer.
Recipe Tips:
  • Go raw. Make sure to not purchase already roasted nuts, otherwise you’ll end up double-cooking them!
  • Get creative. Coat the nuts with butter, salt, or a variety of seasonings for added flavor.
  • Use parchment paper. Not only does lining your baking sheet make cleanup a breeze, but it will add to the crispness!
  • The nose knows. When you smell the nutty aroma, the nuts are done.
  • Freeze ’em. Keep roasted pecans on hand by storing them in the freezer for up to a year.

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Potassium: 116mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Joyce! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    Great easy instructions. The oven method used here calls for a slightly cooler oven (325 degrees) than most online recipes. It works great and greatly reduces the risk of burning your nuts. (Did I say that?)

    1. LOL! So happy to hear it worked out well for you, Norm. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and rating 🙂