Whip up Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans in 5 minutes! Pan-roasted pecans are a little bit sweet and spicy, and are a yummy snack or salad topper!
Whip up Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans in 5 minutes! Pan-roasted pecans are a little bit sweet and spicy, and are a yummy snack or salad topper!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy snack or salad topper, may I share this recipe for Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans with you today? I originally found the recipe quite a while ago, handwritten on an index card in an old recipe box. I made a couple slight changes to the recipe and the result is this simple recipe.

The pan-roasted pecans are not too sweet and not too spicy, in case you are wondering. They ARE a delicious snack, and taste fantastic tossed onto the top of a mixed green salad. The little bit of crunch, plus the subtle seasoning make them a delicious treat.

You will end up with 2 cups of toasted sweet spiced pecans, for a total of eight ¼ cup servings! Let me show you how easy they are to make, in just about 5 minutes!

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Make The Spice Mixture

In a small bowl, combine  the spices to make the seasoning mix. The seasonings used for this mix include sugar, paprika, chili powder, curry powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper, and are used in small amounts.

Stir these spices together, and you will have your seasoning mix ready to go! See how simple this is so far?

All of the spices to season the pecans are in a white bowl, ready to combine.A white bowl, filled with the spice mixture that will be used to season the toasted pecans.

Toast The Pecans

The next step is to pan-roast the pecans. Heat oil in a medium to large sized skillet on medium heat until very hot (but not smoking). Add the pecans to the skillet and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes, until they have browned. Try to make sure the pecans are evenly coated with the oil, so the seasoning mix will adhere when you add it.

Pecan halves are lightly toasted in a skillet with hot oil.

Add The Spices To Finish

Once the pecans have toasted and are browned well, sprinkle the seasoning mix over the pecans, and then stir, so they are coated evenly. Continue to cook the toasted sweet spiced pecans for 1-2 minutes, then remove the skillet from the heat.

Spices will be added to the oil-coated pecans in the skillet, then stirred to combine.Pecans are covered with seasoning, then stirred to combine while heating.

Drain And Cool Toasted Pecans Before Serving

Use a slotted spoon to remove the pecans from the skillet, and transfer them onto several layers of paper towels. The paper towels will help absorb any extra oil that remains on the pecans. Try to spread the pecans out just a bit, and let them cool slightly before serving.

Toasted sweet spiced pecans are removed from the skillet using a slotted spoon.Draining the toasted sweet spiced pecans on paper towels to absorb oil.

Time To Eat Some Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans

Once the toasted sweet spiced pecans have cooled for a couple minutes, they can be served. The pecans can be enjoyed, served warm or at room temperature. Both are delicious!

We enjoy snacking on the pecans, but also love them sprinkled on top of a mixed green salad. You should try adding these to your favorite mixed green salad! The crunch and subtle seasoning of the pecans really add an extra layer of texture and flavor to the green salad and other toppings!

A white bowl, full of toasted sweet spiced pecans ready for snacking.

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Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans
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Whip up Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans in 5 minutes! Pan-roasted pecans are a little bit sweet and spicy, and are a yummy snack or salad topper!

Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: toasted sweet spiced pecans
Servings: 8 (1/4 cup per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 221 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (ground)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander (ground)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Measure all spices into a small bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat until hot (but not smoking). Add pecans. Cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes, until they've browned. Make sure pecans are evenly coated with oil, so spices will adhere.

  3. Sprinkle spice mix over pecans; stir, so they're coated evenly. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove skillet from the heat.

  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove pecans from the skillet. Transfer them onto layers of paper towels, to absorb oil. Spread pecans out a bit; let cool slightly before serving.

  5. Pecans can be served warm or at room temperature. They're delicious as a snack or a topping for a green salad. Store pecans in airtight container. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Toasted Sweet Spiced Pecans
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 cup))
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 117mg3%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 178IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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