How To Toast Pecans

Sometimes you don’t want candied pecans, sometimes you simply want toasted pecans either for a recipe or a snack. Knowing how to toast pecans in a few different ways an help you find the method you like the best so you can whip them up in no time at all.

Toasting pecans is easy and this simple act of toasting them brings out different flavors in these already tasty nuts. Toasted pecans have a rich, toasty almost buttery flavor that can be used to easily enhance a number of different recipes. Toasted is healthier than candied pecans or glazed pecans too because they don’t have any sugar or added calories.

How To Toast Pecans In The Oven

Toasting pecans in the oven is incredibly easy. All you need is a baking sheet, pecans and an oven or even a toaster oven.

Preheat the oven to 325 or 350 degrees F. If your oven runs a little hot toast them at 325 degrees as they can easily burn with too high of heat.

Spread the pecans in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. For best results place them on a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake them for 10-12 minutes or until they are slightly browned and they are emitting a nice, toasty aroma.

Don’t over bake them as they can easily burn. They will continue to toast a little even after you take them out of the oven.

When toasting pecans in a toaster oven preheat the toaster oven to 325 degrees and toast them for about 8-10 minutes. Keep a close eye on them because they can burn easier in a toaster oven because the coils are closer.

Oven toasting pecans is the best way to get uniform results, and to me it is the easiest way to toast pecans.

How To Toast Pecans On The Stove

Toasting pecans on the stove is pretty easy too, but it will require more supervision and stirring. You’ll need pecans, a skillet or non-stick pan with a heavy bottom, a spoon and of course a stove.

Using a skillet or pan with a heavy bottom will help the pecans toast more evenly because the pan will sit on the heat source and heat more evenly. Place skillet on a burner, turn to medium heat and add pecans. If you want to use butter or oil add it and spread evenly along the bottom of the pan or skillet before adding the pecans. Stir and flip pecans often so they don’t burn on one side; toast for about 5 minutes or until they start to brown and become fragrant.

Skillet toasted pecans won’t brown as evenly as those toasted in the oven, but some people like to use this method so they can add butter to enhance the flavor. Pecans that are more heavily toasted in some areas have a character and flavor that some people like also.


How To Toast Pecans In The Microwave

If you love cooking everything you can in the microwave you’ll be happy to know you can microwave toast pecans too. When toasting pecans in the microwave all you need is the pecans, a plate and a microwave.

Spread the pecans evenly on the plate. Microwave for one minute on the high setting. Stir and check the progress. Microwave pecans for one-minute intervals until they are fragrant and toasted to the desired level. They will continue to toast slightly after they have been removed from the microwave.

How To Toast Nuts Other Than Pecans

The same principals work when toasting other nuts, but the times may vary a little depending on the type of nut you are toasting. Here are some guidelines for oven toasting nuts.

  • Pecans and Walnuts: 10-12 minutes
  • Almonds: 10 minutes
  • Hazelnuts: 12-15 minutes
  • Macadamia nuts: 12-15 minutes
  • Pine nuts: 5 minutes

Keep in mind times may vary depending on oven temperatures and placement of the oven rack, so check periodically when toasting nuts.

Toasted nuts taste best fresh, but you can store toasted pecans or other nuts in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. Nuts can start to get rancid, especially after they have been heated, so it is best not to store them too long.

How To Use Toasted Pecans

Toasted pecans and other toasted nuts can be enjoyed plain or they can be added to other foods to enhance the flavor. Toasted or candied work wonderfully in baked goods like cookies, muffins and quick breads.

Toasted or spiced pecans are great on salads. They can also be added to pilafs, stuffing, sandwiches, pasta dishes and in stir fry.

Learning how to make candied pecans or toasted pecans is incredibly easy and the results are well worth the minimal effort. Knowing how to toast pecans is a skill you’ll be able to use for both cooking and baking to make your food stand out from others.