How to Toast Pecans


Take ordinary pecans to extraordinary.  The best way to toast pecans for extra flavor and healthy snacking or holiday baking.

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I have something really easy yet delicious for you today!  Holiday baking is just around the corner and you may find recipes that require toasted pecans.  I was making an amazing side dish yesterday (will share soon) that called for toasted pecans, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share this little tip.

If you haven’t ever toasted pecans, you’re in for a treat!  They fill your home with the most delicious aroma and baking them, adds a delightful bit of crunchiness to them.

You can just pop them in the oven to toast them……..but you know the saying “everything’s better with a little butter” ?  Well that certainly applies here!


You can melt a little butter and pour over pecans, or I like to just give them a few sprays with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and stir them up a little to coat.

Then, my friends, you have turned ordinary pecans into extraordinary pecans!!  Delicious right out of the bowl or in your favorite recipes!


just in case you want to print it up……..

How to Toast Pecans

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

How to Toast Pecans

Summary: Ordinary pecans go to extraordinary when toasted for extra flavor


  • 1 cup pecans (chopped or whole)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted (or 5-6 sprays of spray butter)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Place pecans in small bowl and toss with butter until even coated.
  4. Bake in center of oven for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Cool before using/eating.

So lets hear it… you say PEE-can or Pa-con?


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24 Responses to “How to Toast Pecans”

  1. Tickled Red posted on October 24, 2011 at 8:22 am (#)

    Perfect tip for the holidays…we go through bushels around here during the holidays.

  2. Kim ~ Recipes To Run On posted on October 24, 2011 at 8:32 am (#)

    Great tip Cheryl! Thanks. I’m committed to making this a great holiday season…. and bookmarking tips like this to make things go smoothly. Have a super start to your week!

  3. Shaina posted on October 24, 2011 at 8:48 am (#)

    I love toasting nuts for recipes. It gives it that little something. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve!

  4. Maria posted on October 24, 2011 at 9:00 am (#)

    Toasted nuts are the best! Great post!

  5. Cookin' Canuck posted on October 24, 2011 at 9:59 am (#)

    When you say “enjoy alone”, you mean that I should hide out in a closet and eat these all by myself, right?

  6. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:04 am (#)

    Great tip, thanks for sharing! There is nothing better than toasted pecans in recipes!

  7. naomi posted on October 24, 2011 at 11:16 am (#)

    Gret tip! I love toasting my nuts to bake or just for snacking. I

  8. JulieD posted on October 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm (#)

    I say Pa-can because I was corrected by my father-in-law once. Great tips, Cheryl!

  9. marilyn posted on October 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm (#)

    Yummy, what a great idea…love it.. :))
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  10. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on October 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm (#)

    great tip!! Hope you had a nice weekend!

  11. SweetSugarBelle posted on October 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm (#)

    GREAT tips! It’s so easy to mess this up.

  12. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on October 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm (#)

    I say pa-con, I wonder how many people say it each way. I love Dara’s comment by the way – too funny!

  13. Kristen posted on October 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm (#)

    Such a useful post, especially for this time of year when pecans are in recipes all over the place. Thanks for the tips!

  14. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on October 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tutorial on this. I am bookmarking it for my upcoming holiday baking!

  15. Simple Girl posted on October 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm (#)

    I’m a northern girl that says pa-con living in a southern world where it’s definitely PEE CAN! :-) Toasting nuts is a definite must! Thanks for the tips!

  16. Cookbook Queen posted on October 25, 2011 at 11:51 am (#)

    Very cool trick!! I never thought about spraying my pecans with butter before toasting, but it makes total sense and sounds WAY yummier!!

  17. Georgia Pellegrini posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm (#)

    Toasting nuts is one of those little things that makes a big difference. I’ve never added butter before, but I may have to try it now…

  18. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired posted on October 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm (#)

    This looks so easy! We do something like this every year at the holidays. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  19. michele@hellolovelyinc posted on October 30, 2011 at 10:34 am (#)

    mmmmmmmmm. and i can smell em!

    visiting via TTJ and so glad to find your post! would love to have you stop by for my shabby chic giveaway!

    best to you.


  20. Stephanie Van Horn posted on June 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm (#)

    I am trying this with the butter today. Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie Van Horn
    Children’s Book Author

  21. Edwina posted on December 23, 2013 at 7:05 am (#)

    Not sure to put butter or no butter on pecans for toasting for using in a pecan pie. What would you do. Need advise!!!

  22. Edwina posted on December 23, 2013 at 7:07 am (#)

    Need advise on weather to toast or not toast pecans for a pecan pie. I have been reading both ways but which is beast?


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