Savory Spiced Pecans Recipe
Every year we visit my grandparents in a little town outside of New Orleans, Louisiana for Christmas.
And every time my Nanny always has a big batch of her famous Cajun spiced pecans waiting for us to devour.
She packages them up in one of her vintage Christmas tins, alongside other tins full of her pecan pralines and icebox cookies.
A little sweet bite of a cookie – and then a handful of savory pecans – sweet, salty, repeat.
So this year I decided to take her savory roasted pecans recipe and give them just a little bit of a makeover. Encompassing that sweet and salty flavor all in one tasty bite.
I’m a glutton for punishment. And you must be, too.
Because lemme’ tell you, these things are addicting!
(If you’re more of a sweet and more sweet kind of spiced nuts guy or gal, then you’ll want to hop on over and take a look at the Cinnamon Sugar Spiced Pecans.)
One of the best things about this spiced pecans recipe is how quick and easy they are to make. All you’ll need is a few common spices, a bit of sweetener, and of course, pecans!
- Pecans – You’ll need 1 pound of whole, raw pecans for the recipe below.
- Butter – Melted butter helps to coat the pecans in the spice mix. You can also use a vegan buttery stick or even oil if you are dairy-free or vegan.
- Sweetener – While this ingredient is optional, a little bit of pure maple syrup helps to balance out the savory notes of the spices. You can also substitute this with honey, agave nectar, or even monk fruit extract if on a keto diet.
Cajun Spice Blend
These ingredients and amounts are flexible, and you can use your imagination if you want to get a little creative!
- Chili Powder – This warm spice makes up the bulk of our mix. Make sure you’re using a MILD chili powder and not a spicy one for the best results.
- Paprika – Regular paprika, and not smoked, was used when testing this recipe. If you’d like to get a little creative you can substitute 1/4 or 1/2 with a smoke paprika to change it up a bit.
- Cayenne Pepper – This is where the spicy kick comes in! If you prefer a milder roasted nut, simply leave this ingredient out. If you like your pecans on the spicy side, use the larger amount suggested.
- Garlic Powder – Make sure you don’t leave this one out. A bit of garlic powder goes a long way in complimenting the other rich spices.
- Cinnamon – A very earthy spice that will keep your taste buds guessing. Don’t overdo it with this one, you just need a little bit!
You can choose to buy a lighter variety or a darker variety – it’s totally up to you. Just make sure you buy nuts that you like the taste of BEFORE seasoning and roasting for the best finished product.
Also, better quality pecans will definitely taste better than lower quality in this recipe.
But since the pecans will be baked in the oven, and coated in spices, there is no need to break the bank.
Cook’s Tip: Make sure you buy RAW pecans, and not ROASTED. Sometimes these look very similar at the grocery store, so be sure to read the label carefully!
How to Make
Making homemade spiced pecans is an easy recipe to share with your friends and family.
You can add them to your favorite salad, munch on them for a snack, or package them up as a cute DIY food gift. (See below for more details!)
The step-by-step instructions are as follows:
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Whisk together melted butter or oil, syrup, and seasonings in a large bowl.
- Add pecans and toss until well coated.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pecans out in a single layer.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until nuts are toasted and aromatic.
- Toss nuts halfway through baking to ensure even roasting.
- Cool completely before serving.
Store spiced pecans in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can use a plastic tupperware container or Christmas tin.
You can also refrigerate them to extend the shelf life to 3-4 weeks.
However, the taste and texture will be slightly affected if refrigerated.
DIY Food Gift
These savory spiced pecans are one of the best food gifts to give for the holidays.
Not only are they naturally low-carb and gluten-free, but they can also easily be made dairy-free and vegan, too.
So just about everyone can enjoy them!
To make these into a mason jar gift:
- Add to a glass 8-ounce or 16-ounce mason jar.
- Tie a pretty ribbon around the neck of the jar.
- Optional: Attach a hand written recipe to the ribbon or a name tag.
What temperature and how long do I roast spiced pecans?
Baked in a 300°F oven for 25-30 minutes.
A lower oven temperature will allow the pecans to roast low and slow. This results in a more robust, naturally nutty flavor.
Are spiced pecans gluten-free?
Not all recipes are gluten-free since they may have flour as an ingredient.
However, the recipe you will find below is completely gluten-free and can be served to anyone with Celiac’s disease.
Savory Spiced Pecans
Savory Spiced Pecans are a sweet and salty treat that also have a bit of a spicy pepper kick! Raw pecans are tossed with chili powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper before being roasted in the oven to nutty perfection. Serve these simple roasted pecans for a quick snack during the holidays or package them up into a cute DIY food gift.
- 1 lb. pecans raw
- 4 Tbsp. butter melted*
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup*
- 1 ½ tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. paprika
- ¼ - ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 1 ¼ tsp. salt to taste
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Whisk together melted butter or oil, syrup, and seasonings in a large bowl.
Add pecans and toss until well coated.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pecans out in a single layer.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until nuts are toasted and aromatic. Toss nuts halfway through roasting.
Let cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Use vegan buttery sticks or a vegetable based oil if dairy-free or vegan.
- You can also use a few drops of liquid monk fruit extract if keto or leave the sweetener out completely.