I adore candied pecans or any nut for that matter and I am very lucky because Ken enjoys making them. He wanted to try a different method than oven roasting so out came the cast iron pan to do these Stovetop Spiced Pecans. These are always wonderful for the holidays, a sure fire hit to take as a hostess gift or part of a basket. We served these for Thanksgiving and they all disappeared quickly, almost before the company came, whoops!!
We have done Herb Roasted Cashews, Cinnamon Candied Pecans and Swedish Nuts before but Ken wanted to do something a little spicier. Still sweet but with a slight kick of heat. We also have granulated orange peel as one of our spices and I love to use it over the holidays, it adds just a hint of orange to these nuts. It is an optional ingredient so you don’t have to add it.
These nuts have the perfect balance of sweet heat. They are very addictive, you cannot only have just one. Men tend to love candied nuts for gift giving, always a welcomed treat. A homemade gift is treasured more I believe as someone has taken the time to make something just for you!
Finally, putting these out at parties for the holidays too will also make everyone very happy. A little candied nut goes great with cocktails and they can be made ahead of time and stored in an air tight container. They will still be great 2-3 weeks out.
Stovetop Spiced Pecans
And easy Stovetop Spiced Pecan that is perfect for holiday gift giving or entertaining.
- 4 cups pecan halves
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. granulated orange peel (optional)
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. water
- Line a sided cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, cayenne, cinnamon, and orange peel and set aside.
- Place a cast iron pan over medium heat and add the pecans. Stirring frequently, cook the pecans for 4-5 minutes until they start to brown and become aromatic. Add the butter and stir to melt. Add in the spice mixture and continue stirring. Add in the sugar and water and stir to coat all the nuts. Cook for approx. 2-3 min. Place the nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet, separate them with a fork and allow the nuts to cool completely. Can be stored up to 3 weeks in an air tight container.
Comments & Reviews
Hali @daytodayMOMents says
We can’t have it because of allergies but this recipe is so simple and sounds delicious! What a great way to snack healthy. 🙂
I just love pecans, they are a great snack. And these spiced versions look amazing so very easy and I am sure so very delicious!
Audrey McClelland says
Those sound so good! Pecans are my favorite nut, and I love trying new recipes with them.
That looks yummy. I love fall.
That looks delicious! I wish my family would eat nuts because I would love to make this for them! I will have to make it when I have friends over one night so I don’t eat them all myself!
The fresh roasted almonds, pecans, and peanuts are one of my favorite smells. I will definitely have to give this a try and maybe use the finished product in a dessert, too.
These would be amazing in a few recipes. I will have to make some and try it on ice cream first.
Lisa Bristol says
I love baking with pecans. I will have to try this spiced pecan recipe. I bet it smells amazing when it is baking.
I never would have thought to make something like this. I love pecans and so does my husband. Thanks for the great idea.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is a great idea, I have never made my own spiced nuts before. I will have to give it a try. They would be great in trail mix.
Lisa Favre says
There’s nothing like toasted pecans during fall’s cool, crisp weather. Nice recipe! I’ve been meaning to make my pecans this weekend!
Janeane Davis says
I am a big pecan fan. I have never had spiced pecans so this seems like a great time to try your recipe.
Amy Desrosiers says
This looks like a delicious snack that I would love! I love pecans but they have been so pricey lately.
Those look amazing. I do love pecans too. I can’t wait to try these ones out. Yum!
Claudia Krusch says
I just love pecans, they are a great snack. I can’t wait to try the spiced version!
Liz Mays says
I can practically taste these already. What a feast for the senses!
Toni | BoulderLocavore.com says
This looks addicting! I surely can’t stop munching on these! And I love that it is very easy to make!
Jocelyn Cañasa Brown says
Yum! I love pecans and these look so good. Thanks for the recipe, I have to try it!
Dawn gibson-thigpen says
oh my.. these sounds sooo good. i know it is in the am..but i would totally eat 2 big handfuls right now if i had them in front of me. lol
Reesa Lewandowski says
My husband is OBSESSED with pecans! I need to show this recipe to him!
Papa G says
Just tried these. AWESOME is the only word that can describe them. Many thanks
Tara Noland says
So glad you liked them and thank you for telling me!
Holly Hilt says
I just tried these. Followed the recipe exactly. The sugar mixture never crystalized. It stayed very sticky and gooey. I’v made candied pecans for years and they always turned out. I spoke to a chef friend and he said the butter is what stops it from crystalizong. Very disappointed.
Tara Noland says
I am sorry you were not successful, I had no issues and others have made them with success too.