How to Toast Pecans {Nuts}

Learn how to toast pecans without burning them! Using the oven or the stove top, these methods produce pecans with a rich nutty flavor perfect for enhancing all kinds of recipes.

Add some toasted pecans to our delicious Carrot Cake recipe. Or sprinkle some on gooey apple nachos for a tasty nutty treat.

Toasted pecans in a silver measuring cup.

Why Toast Pecans

We’ve all started following a recipe only to realize it calls for “toasted pecans.” While it may seem like an unnecessary extra step, toasting pecans is completely worth the tiny bit of extra effort.

  • Toasting pecans stirs their natural oils, bringing out a more robust nutty flavor and aroma.
  • The heat also makes the nuts crunchier without the need for adding extra oil or butter.
  • Using toasted pecans in recipes brings the flavor of the nut front and center!

You’ll love the perfect crunch toasted pecans add to everything from savory chicken salad to sweet cheesecake.

Both of these methods work with other nuts too. I use them regularly to toast sliced almonds and chopped walnuts.

How to Toast Pecans in the Oven

Pecans on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for the oven.

Toasting pecans in the oven is my preferred method when I need to make more than one cup of toasted pecans at a time.

You can easily make several cups of toasted nuts at once if your baking sheet is large enough.

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat the oven.
  • Place raw pecans on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring half way through baking time.

How to Toast Pecans in a Skillet

Pecans in a black skillet for toasting.

The dry skillet method for toasting pecans is perfect when you’re short on time. It’s my go-to way of toasting nuts when I need one cup or less.

  • Add pecans to a warm skillet on medium high heat.
  • Cook the nuts for several minutes.
  • Remember to stir frequently to prevent them from burning!

Pecans are done toasting when they’re more fragrant with a slightly darker color.

Keep a close eye on them as they cook. It only takes a few seconds for pecans to go from perfectly toasted to blackened and burnt.

Ways to Use Toasted Pecans

Once you know how to toast pecans you’ll want to add them to anything and everything.

Stir toasted pecans into this Cheesecake Dip for an easy party snack. They’ll add even more amazing flavor to this Hummingbird Cake too. You can even sprinkle on a little kosher salt on these and enjoy them on their own as a satisfying snack!

Carrot cake cookies with toasted pecans.

We love these carrot cake cookies sprinkled with toasted pecans. You can toast them as pecan halves, or you can toast chopped pecans!

Here are a few more favorite recipes that taste even better with toasted pecans:

How to Toast Pecans

5 from 4 votes
By: Aimee
Learn how to toast pecans without burning them! Using the oven or the stove top, these methods produce pecans with a rich nutty flavor perfect for enhancing all kinds of recipes.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup pecans
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How to Toast Pecans in Oven:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread pecans in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, stirring or shaking the pan at the halfway point.

How to Toast Pecans in a Skillet:

  • Heat skillet over medium high heat. Once warm, add pecans and cook until fragrant and slightly darker, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir pecans occasionally so they do not burn.


  • Swap out the pecans for walnuts or almonds.
  • STORE: store toasted pecans in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. Best flavor if used immediately in baking. Toasted pecans spoil faster than raw pecans, as you have released the oils.
  • Depending upon oven, cook times may vary. Keep a close eye on your pecans to make sure they do not burn.
  • When doing a small batch of pecans, I prefer the skillet method. If doing more than 1 cup of pecans, I toast in the oven.
  • The same methods can be used for sliced almond, or any chopped nuts. Keep your eye on the nuts as they will toast faster!
  • Make Candied Cinnamon Pecans or Maple Brown Sugar Pecans too!


Serving: 1Tablespoon, Calories: 45kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Fiber: 1g
Course: Basics
Cuisine: American
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Posted on March 18, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    Without fail, I always manage to burn my pecans when trying to toast… until now! I’ll never use another method, thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these yesterday to put on my salad and I almost ate them all before I even prepped my salad! So easy to make, thank you!

  4. I toast all of my nuts in the microwave. Works perfectly. I spread them out in a single layer on a paper plate and toast for about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes on high.

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