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Roasted Pecans Recipe

One of our favorite snacks and a perfect little nibble for the holidays, tailgating events, or other parties are these simple roasted pecan halves. They really are so simple to make that I’m not sure I should even call it a recipe. I had never thought of including them here on my blog because they are so simple, but then a friend called me the other day and asked me how I made them. A few days later we made a big sheet pan of roasted pecans for my husband to take with him to the local college football game. He came home with an empty container telling me how much the guys loved them and that they asked him how they were made.

If you already know how to make these little bites of deliciousness, then you could take a few minutes to check out some of our other great tailgating recipes or appetizers instead. I’ll understand.

But if you haven’t made these before, you really should pick up some pecans soon to make these roasted pecan halves.

I’m roasting up a large batch of them so that I can grab them as a snack instead of all that Halloween candy that is mocking me in my pantry. I know it is in there and it sure is tempting me.

These roasted pecans also make a great addition to a salad or even a big bowl of oatmeal. I have another special treat coming up soon with them that is just perfect for the holidays. So be on the lookout for gorgeous pecan halves in your area.

You know, roasted pecans really just can’t be beat in my book. It may be because we fight the squirrels for them tooth and toe nail all throughout the fall so when we have enough pecans that I can roast or include in a Southern Pecan Pie, I know we’ve won a portion of the battle – for now. But it’s more than that. Pecans are good for you, too.

Did you know that a one ounce serving of pecans includes over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and zinc? Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ranked pecans in the top 20 out of 100 foods for antioxidant capacity. At 196 calories and 2.7 grams of dietary fiber, pecans are a great natural food to include in our diets. To learn more about the health benefits of pecans, visit the Georgia Pecan Commission.

By the way, the Georgia Pecan Commission doesn’t know who I am. I just love pecans and love sharing about this wonderful nut and supporting pecan growers, because they probably have even bigger squirrel issues than I do.

Here’s how I make these simple roasted pecan halves.

4.86 from 21 votes

Simple Roasted Pecan Halves Recipe

Appetizers 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 12
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Roasted pecans make everything better. A quick, delicious recipe for roasted pecan halves that are great as an appetizer, snack, or on your favorite salad.


  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place pecan halves on a half sheet pan or cookie sheet, being sure to spread evenly on the pan.
  • Break pats of butter into small pieces and place on pecan halves.
  • Sprinkle salt all over the pecans.
  • Place pan into oven and bake for 10 minutes, then stir gently, turning the pecans as you stir.
  • Cook another 10 minutes, watching carefully to make sure they do not over brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these with ghee using raw pecans, roasted and unsalted, and roasted and salted. Beginning with roasted and salted pecans and roasting them again was actually my favorite. I added Celtic grey sea salt.

  2. Thank you for simple but marvelous recipes. So enjoyed the pecans. W live in southeast Texas next to a town called Groves ( as in pecan tree groves). Lucky me!

    1. You are so lucky, Maggie, to live so close to those pecan trees. So glad you liked the roasted pecans.

  3. Just made them, and they look and smell scrumptious – wonder if I could sprinkle granulated sugar substitute on the pecans before baking to make them a little sweet treat.😋

    1. I haven’t tried sprinkling sugar substitute on them as they bake, Sally. If you do try it, let me know how they turn out. I do have a recipe for Sugar Coated Nuts you may want to try later.

  4. These are a family fave every Fall. I add minced rosemary fresh from the garden. Maybe a Tbsp? I do walnuts with just butter and salt… SLURP!!

  5. Love the very easy & delicious recipe.
    Made them many times & great for a holiday gift for friends or for card playing snacks.

  6. I have been making your cake recipes for about 6 years now. They are my go-to for cakes, for every birthday. I finally bought your cookbook a couple years ago (love your jambalaya recipe). So when I was looking for a recipe to make my own roasted and salted pecans rather than buy them at Trader Joe’s, I was surprised and delighted to find that you had this recipe. I wasn’t sure about butter—that didn’t seem quite right to me—but I trusted you and went with it.

    Oh my goodness these pecans. They’re not the same as Trader Joe’s—they’re a million times BETTER. I’m going to have to try hard to be moderate about eating these. (They’re an especially wonderful snack for me right now because I’ve cut added sugar and wheat from my diet for eight weeks (minimum), for health reasons.) I just followed the recipe (although I didn’t measure the salt, just eyeballed it). So good. Thank you for yet another out-of-the-park home run recipe! (Or, since it’s football season, maybe I should say 80-yard-touchdown-pass-with-a-successful-two-point-conversion recipe?)

    1. Thanks, Kim. I love to hear from people who have been using my recipes for years and love them. I’m so glad you now have added the roasted pecan halves to recipes that you love.

  7. 5 stars
    I was going to make my version of turtles and wanted to toast the pecans for a change. I used Kerry Gold butter. I set the pecans on paper towels afterwards so it didn’t make my caramel too runny. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Made these exactly according to the recipe. Excellent. Plan on giving out bags of them along with homemade cookies for Christmas.

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