Here are all the best pecan recipes to use this super nut (that aren’t pecan pie)! From glazed to energy bars to granola, there’s no end the tasty options.
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 mayinspire you to make even more pecan recipes. Pecans are:
- Nutrient dense. They’re among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats. They contain lots of plant based protein and fiber (good for staying full). They also contain 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.
Glazed pecans add the perfect crunch to salads, or snack on them by the handful! These sweet and salty nuts are covered in a coating of maple syrup.
- 1 cup raw whole pecans
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- Add the pecans and maple syrup to a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. When the maple just starts to bubble, reduce the heat to low but still slowly bubbling. Simmer for about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In the last minute when the maple syrup is mostly evaporated, stir continuously until the liquid is totally cooked out and the nuts start clumping together (but watch so that it doesn’t burn or go too far and become powdery, not glossy!*). Immediately remove from the heat.
- Transfer the pecans to a sheet of parchment paper in a single layer. Sprinkle with the salt and allow to cool to room temperature, about 5 minutes if eating right away and about 15 minutes if you want to store them for later use. Store in a covered container at room temperature.
*If this happens, don’t worry! They still taste great, they just look more like sugared pecans.
- Category: Essentials
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Pecan Recipes
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.