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Learn how to toast pecans on the stovetop or in the oven. These two, easy and foolproof methods bring out all the wonderful nutty flavor of pecans for salads, side dishes, and desserts. And don’t forget, toasted pecans make a great snack alongside your favorite beverage as well!
Until recently, I didn’t realize how many recipes I have that use pecans. They are “a thing” here in the South and are used on the regular in so many amazing recipes. So, when a sweet reader asked me to share how I toast pecans and how I use them, I was happy to put oblige.
These Toasted Pecans Are:
- simple to make with just 3 ingredients.
- can be used in savory or sweet recipes.
- store beautifully in the fridge for several weeks.
- great to give as a treat to neighbors and friends.
- perfect for meat and cheese appetizer boards
- a totally irresistible snack!
Oven Roasting Or Stovetop?
When it comes to roasting pecans, there are two main methods you can choose from: using the oven roasted pecans or the stovetop. Let’s explore the differences between the two approaches.
Both methods yield deliciously roasted pecans, but there are some differences to consider. Oven-roasting allows for larger batch sizes, making it ideal for roasting larger quantities of pecans at once. It also offers more even heat distribution, resulting in consistent roasting.
On the other hand, stovetop toasting is a quicker method and offers more control over the toasting process. It is well-suited for smaller batch sizes when you want to toast pecans for immediate use or when you prefer a hands-on approach.
Whichever method you choose, roasted pecans can be enjoyed as a tasty snack on their own or used as a flavorful addition to salads, baked goods, or various savory dishes. Experiment with different seasonings and find your favorite way to enjoy these delightful treats!
Tips For Easy Toasted Pecans
- Buying pecans: When purchasing pecans, choose shelled pecans that are fresh, plump, and have a smooth texture. Avoid any pecans that appear shriveled or have a rancid smell.
- Sugar mixture: While the pecans are toasting, prepare a sugar mixture. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (or to taste). Mix well to ensure the cinnamon is evenly distributed throughout the sugar.
- Cooling and storage: Allow the roasted pecans to cool completely on the baking sheet. Once cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and store at room temperature to maintain their freshness and crunchiness. They can last for several weeks if stored properly.
- Toss pecans in sugar mixture: Once the pecans are toasted, remove them from the oven and immediately toss them in the sugar mixture while they are still hot. The heat will help the sugar adhere to the pecans and create a caramelized coating.
What You Need To Make Toasted Pecans
- Raw Pecans
- Sheet Pans
- Parchment Paper
- Wooden Spoon
How To Toast Pecans
I use two different methods to make these pecans. One is on the stovetop which is more of a toasting process. The oven technique is akin to roasting since the pecans are cooked at a low temperature for a longer time. I use them interchangeably depending on how many pecans I need.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add pecans. Toss in butter and toast for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove pan from heat, sprinkle with salt and let pecans cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place pecans on pan and drizzle with melted butter. Roast in a 325-degree oven for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking time. Remove pan from oven, sprinkle with salt and let pecans cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
How Long Will Toasted Pecans Keep?
After toasting the pecans you’ll need to store them in an airtight container. They will keep in the refrigerator for about a month and frozen for up to 6 months.
Commonly Asked Questions
Absolutely! Toasted pecans make a wonderful topping for ice cream. The nutty flavor and crunchiness complement the creamy texture of the ice cream.
Toasted pecans can be used in various recipes such as salads, baked goods, granola, trail mix, toasted pecan pie. They add a delicious crunch and nutty flavor to many dishes, so feel free to experiment and get creative!
It’s best to allow the toasted pecans to cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring them to an airtight container. This ensures they retain their texture and don’t become soggy.
Recipes You’ll Love Using Pecans
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Cranberry Pecan Slaw
- Candied Pecans
- Sweet & Nutty Snack Mix
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Grape Salad
On The Stove Top
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add pecans. Toss in butter and toast for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove pan from heat, sprinkle with salt and let pecans cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
In The Oven
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Melt butter in a microwave-safe dish. Place pecans on pan and drizzle with melted butter. Roast in a 325-degree oven for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking time. Remove pan from oven, sprinkle with salt and let pecans cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.
To Increase The Servings:
- This recipe is easy to double or triple. Use a one to one ratio for the butter and pecans and make the recipe according to instruction.