You can taste the difference with toasted pecans! Heating nuts makes them crunchier and enhances their nutty flavor. Here’s how to toast pecans: two ways.

Toasted pecans

If you’ve ever made toasted pecans, you know: the aroma alone will cause your family, friends, and neighbors come flocking! Why toast nuts? It does two things: it makes the nuts crunchier, and enhances their nutty flavor. Try a toasted nut vs a raw one, and you can absolutely tell the difference! Toasted pecans are perfect for garnishing recipes of all kinds: soups, roasted vegetables, oatmeal, pancakes, and even desserts! It’s quick to whip up a batch: and you can make them on demand. Here’s how to make toasted pecans: two ways!

Toasted pecans: on the stove

Make toasted pecans on the stove when you have a small quantity of nuts and want to make them quickly.

  • Pros: This method is so fast: it takes only 5 minutes!
  • Drawbacks: Toasting nuts on the stovetop can cook unevenly. You can also only fit about 1 cup in a skillet.
  • Basic stove method (go to recipe): Place the nuts in a dry skillet (don’t add oil!). Heat over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Do not leave the stove because the nuts can burn very easily. We know from experience!
How to toast pecans on the stove

How to toast pecans: in the oven

Make toasted pecans in the oven when you have time to preheat the oven! This method is also nice for quantities of pecans over 1 cup.

  • Advantages: This method cooks the nuts more evenly than the stovetop method, and you can cook lots of nuts at once.
  • Drawbacks: You’ll need to wait for the oven to preheat: about 10 to 15 minutes!
  • Basic oven method (go to recipe): Preheat to 350 degrees and bake the nuts on a baking sheet about 7 to 8 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Again, don’t leave the oven because they can burn easily.
Toasted nuts in the oven

Ways to use toasted pecans

The best part: how to cook with toasted pecans! Pecans are so versatile: add a handful to amp up a salad, roasted vegetables, or a grain bowl. Or, use them on sweet recipes like oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles…even desserts! (Or, go more decadent with Candied Pecans!) Here are some ideas on where to start:

Storage info

Once you’ve got those toasted pecans (and your kitchen smells amazing), you can use them immediately! Here’s how to store leftovers, if you have them:

  • Cool fully and place in a sealed container. We use a small glass container with lid.
  • Store at room temp for 1 week OR
  • Store refrigerated for 2 months.
  • Freeze to extend the life even further, up to 6 months or more.

Another use for leftover toasted nuts? Make Homemade Nut Butter!

Toasted pecans

Pecan fun facts!

The pecan is a mighty little nut! Here are a few things that might inspire you to make more pecan recipes. Pecans are (source):

  • Nutrient dense. Pecans have lots of plant based protein and fiber (good for staying full). They’re among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats, and have flavonoids and essential minerals (copper, manganese and zinc).
  • Grown in America. Of all the major tree nuts eaten in the US, pecans are the only ones indigenous to America! They were originally grown wild and enjoyed by Native Americans. Now they’re harvested in over a dozen Southern states.
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Toasted pecans

How to Toast Pecans

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


You can taste the difference with toasted pecans! Heating nuts makes them crunchier and enhances their nutty flavor. Here’s how to toast pecans: two ways.


  • 1 cup whole pecans or pecan pieces (or any quantity; for any more than 1 cup use the oven method)


  1. Stovetop method: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stay at the stove because the nuts can easily burn! Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 7 to 8 minutes until fragrant and slightly darker brown, stirring once. Do not stray far from the oven, since the nuts can go from toasted to burned quickly. Remove immediately and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  3. Use immediately. Or, allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week and refrigerated at least 2 months. (You also can extend the life by freezing nuts.)
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Nuts
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Toasted pecans, How to toast pecans

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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