How to Toast Pecans

Toasting pecans is just as easy as it sounds! You can really taste the difference when you toast them! It gives them a crunchier and really enhances their nutty flavor.

In this post we are going to show you how to toast pecans in two simple ways. You can either toast them in the oven or in a frying pan. They are so simple to make that you can either make a whole batch or you can make them on demand for whatever recipe you are making.

Toasted pecans are great as a garnish, on salads, in soups, or on a dish that just needs a little crunch added to the top.

If you haven’t had them toasted before I recommend you try them both ways and compare the difference.

raw and toasted pecans compared

Ingredients

  • pecans

Equipment

  • frying pan
  • sheet pan
  • spatula

How to toast pecans in the oven

raw pecans on a sheet pan

The oven is my preferred method when toasting pecans for a few reasons.

One being, that can leave them in the oven to do their thing. They won’t burn so easily.

Another reason that I prefer the oven is that they toast up more evenly without you needing to standby and flip them. They can still burn but they toast up nicely and give them a great nutty flavor.

Lastly, I use the oven because you can toast more at once. A sheet pan has more surface space to spread them out making it easier to make batches.

1. Preheat oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Try to cook in the middle rack so that you do not burn them and get an even heat.

2. Spread them onto a sheet pan

All you have to do is spread the pecans out evenly on a sheet pan. Make sure you only have one layer so that they toast evenly.

You don’t want the pan overcrowded or else you will get an uneven toast.

Do not add any oil to the pecans as they have enough natural oils that will come out when you are toasting them and will not stick to the pan.

3. Toast the pecans

toasted pecans on a sheet pan

Place the pecans in the oven for about 10 minutes. You don’t have to stand over them and watch them like you would if you were cooking them on the stove but still check them about 7 minutes in to make sure they are not burning.

Every oven is a little different.

You will see the change in color pretty quickly. You can always pull one out and test it to see if tastes “toasted”.

Once they are toasted, remove them from the oven and let them cook for 5-10 minutes and then ENJOY!

How to toast pecans on the stove

raw pecans in a frying pan

Toasting pecans in a pan is very easy to too and is a little faster than in the oven but I find that they do not toast as evenly. That might be what you are looking for though! They smell fantastic when they are toasted in a pan!

1. Place pecans in frying pan

Toasting pecans in a pan is so simple! You simply want to evenly spread out your pecans in your frying pan and cook them on medium heat.

Do not add oil! They have enough natural oils in them that they will not stick to the pan.

Make sure your pan isn’t overcrowded and that each pecan is touching the bottom on the pan so that they can toast up evenly. Keep a close eye on them so that they don’t burn.

2. Toss the pecans

After about 5 minutes see if they take a look at the bottoms, if you see any sign of burning you might want to pull them from the heat for a moment. They can burn very quickly.

Now start tossing them so they fall on the other side of the pecan and keep them moving so they do not burn.

Remember every stove top is different so yours may be ready to flip sooner.

Once both sides are browned a little go ahead and take them off from the heat and let them cool. Now the best part, ENJOY!

What about walnuts?

Read my post on how to toast walnuts.

how to toast pecans

Toasted Pecans

You can toast pecans two ways. This recipe will show you how to toast them on your stove top and in your oven. Both ways give them a little extra crunch and enhance their nutty flavor.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to toast pecans, Toasted pecans
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 342kcal

Equipment

  • Frying Pan
  • sheet pan
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans

Instructions

Toast Pecans in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 350 dgrees
  • Spread your pecans evenly on a baking sheet
  • Toast for about 10-12 minutes. Once they have a nice golden color go head and take them out to cool.

Toast Pecans in a pan

  • Place your pecans evenly in the pan. Make sure that each pecan is touching the botton of the pan so they toast evenly.
  • After about 5 minutes flip start tossing them so that they toast on all sides.
    You want to keep a close eye on the pecans while they are toasting so they do not burn.
  • Once the second side is toasted so ahead and remove them from the heat.
    Let them cool and then ENJOY!

Notes

Tip: watch the pecans closely so they do not burn.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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