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Here are all the best pecan recipes to use this super nut…that aren’t pecan pie! Try everything from glazed to energy bars to granola.

Pecan recipes

Looking for tasty recipes that use pecans? This tasty super nut is so delicious, and there are so many ways to use it outside of the traditional pecan pie. Use it to top your salads, grind it up and put it in energy bars, or use it for maple pecan flavored healthy granola (yum)! You can even use it in savory dishes like stuffed squash, pizza, and frittatas. Is there anything a pecan can’t do? Not really.

Here are all our best pecan recipes to use up the last of your bag! Here’s how to use this nutrient dense and protein-packed nut to the best of its potential.

And now…our best pecan recipes!

Pecan fun facts!

Here are a few interesting things about this tasty nut that may inspire you to make even more pecan recipes! Not only are pecans full of good fats and protein, they’re the only nuts indigenous to America. Here’s what to know about pecans:

  • Pecans are nutrient dense: full of good fats, protein and fiber. Pecans are nuts that are among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats. They contain lots of plant based protein and fiber: ¼ cup pecans has 2.5 grams protein and 2.7 grams fiber. They also contain flavonoids and essential minerals like 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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Candied Pecans

Top 13 Pecan Recipes: Candied Pecans & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This candied pecans recipe is easy with classic flavor: sweet, spiced and a little salty! They store well and are extremely versatile.


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) pecan halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Whisk the granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white, water and vanilla extract until foamy. Toss the pecans with the egg white mixture with a spatula until well coated. Add half the sugar mixture and stir with a spatula until fully coated, then add the remaining sugar mixture and stir until coated.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the nuts in an even layer on top. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the tray from the oven and stir (the nuts will look foamy at this point). Bake for another 15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool about 10 minutes before eating and completely (about 45 minutes) before storing. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 2 months. 


*Doubles easily, so feel free to do 4 cups to make a large-sized pecan butter jar. 

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Pecan Recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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