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 baking sheet 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.

Simple Roasted Pecan Halves Recipe

4.98 from 38 votes
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.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 pound pecan halves
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher 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.


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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Hope you enjoy them!


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  1. 5 stars
    Break pats of butter……and place on pecan halves? Any chance I can put the pecans in a large bowl, pour melted butter and salt on them, lid the bowl and shake—and then follow your baking directions? I have 10 lbs. to bake for Super Bowl party. Thanks

    1. Dave, you can certainly make these with melted butter as you suggested. That’s a great idea for making a large quantity. Enjoy your party!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I’d been toasting pecans in a skillet or toaster oven for a salad or recipe (or using raw) and wanted to roast a larger batch to have on hand. These are so easy and delicious! I make them all the time. Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Best roasted pecans I have ever had!!!!
    Made a batch with 1/2 evoo & avocado oil for my vegan family they loved them as well

  4. 5 stars
    Exactly what Mom used to make when we were kids.
    We had 3 large pecans trees in our yard, Mom shelled and froze so we had year around. Delicious!!

    1. How lucky you were to have those pecan trees, Pamela! My family has always loved pecans roasted this way, too.

  5. I was born and raised in the South, and these are the easiest and tastiest Roasted Pecans I’ve ever made! I placed the pecans in a medium bowl and poured the melted butter over and salted. Then, I used the “folding in” technique used when adding whipped egg whites to a recipe. That will thoroughly coat the pecans prior to baking. Delicious!

  6. These are soooo delicious! I’ve also added other raw, unsalted nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, and peanuts! Super healthy snack! My aunt used to make the pecans and give them as Christmas gifts! It is a great tradition. Thank you so much!

    1. Joy, I love that you use this recipe to roast other nuts or combination of nuts for snacks. This has been a favorite in my family for years and is so easy.

  7. This is a perfect base for experimental seasoning. I melt the butter in a metal bowl in the oven while it’s preheating, then stir the pecans with a spatula to ensure even butter coating; everything else exactly as written here. I’ve added some East Asian spice blends and been very pleased with the results. This is an ideal ratio of butter to pecans. Thank you!