Candied Pecans Recipe (2024)

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Candied Pecans . . . these sweet little nuggets are easy to make, and perfect for tossing in salads, or just for snacking!

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I love ordering salads at restaurants that come with candied nuts of any kind. They add such a yummy crunch and hint of sweetness that I just can’t resist! I decided it was high time I started making them at home so I can add them to salads any time I want.

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I found several recipes for candied pecans online, but some of them had too much sugar, some had to be baked in the oven, some of them just looked too complicated. So I came up with my own recipe.

How to make Candied Pecans on the stove:

It is so simple to make candied pecans with this method. Just toss all the ingredients in a non-stick skillet, then cook over medium low heat until the pecans start to brown.

In a few minutes you will have a pan full of absolutely scrumptious candied pecans.I discovered that these babies are good for more than tossing in salads. They are incredible just on their own.

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I should have made a double batch, because I can’t stop eating them, and neither could the rest of my family. They are a perfect snack, especially if you struggle with eating enough protein like I do.

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How to store candied pecans:

-Candied pecans should last for about two weeks if stored in an airtight container, but they are best fresh. They will last a couple weeks longer if stored in the fridge. You can also store them in the freezer for about 2 months.

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Yield: 1 cup

Candied Pecans

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Easy cinnamon sugar roasted pecans made in a skillet.

Prep Time2 minutes

Cook Time10 minutes

Total Time12 minutes


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup pecans


  1. Combine all ingredients in a non-stick skillet. Cook and stir over medium low heat for 5-10 minutes, till sugar butter mixture is no longer runny, and pecans are starting to brown.
  2. Pour onto a silicone pan liner or parchment paper to cool.


I found that using a bamboo spatula works best for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 254Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

Recipe originally publishedOct 24, 2016, updated 11/2018.

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  1. Candied Pecans Recipe (7)Genanne Young

    Sssoooooooo Simple and Yummy!!! Saw the recipe and made them ingredients to cool enough to eat in 15min. Wow!! I love the fact that they are egg free.


  2. Candied Pecans Recipe (8)Ann Almendarez

    How much sugar is used in your recipe?
    Thank you.


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (9)Kara Cook

      So sorry. My site crashed and now that it’s back, the recipe cards aren’t working. I can’t access them either, and I don’t have this recipe written down anywhere else. 🙁


  3. Candied Pecans Recipe (10)Ann Almendarez

    I am not able to pull up the ingredients used to make the Sugared Pecans. Can you please
    send that to me?


  4. Candied Pecans Recipe (11)Rachel

    Great and quick!! Don’t let it fool you how fast it is to produce something super yummy!! I did substitute 1/4 tbs with Mexican vanilla.


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (12)Kara Cook

      One of my good friends just gave me a bottle of Mexican vanilla, and I am loving it! That stuff is tasty, and I bet it was delicious with these pecans. 🙂


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (14)Kara Cook

      This recipe doesn’t have any eggs, and you could definitely leave out the cinnamon. 🙂


  5. Candied Pecans Recipe (15)Heather Luckhurst

    These are amazing – thanks for the recipe! I’ll be making this up as food gifts for the holidays!


  6. Candied Pecans Recipe (16)Amy Huntley

    I love candied pecans!! I can’t wait to try this recipe!


  7. Candied Pecans Recipe (17)Jocelyn

    I absolutely love how simple these are to make in a skillet!! Perfect to fill jars with and give as holiday gifts!


  8. Candied Pecans Recipe (18)Liz

    I love how easy these pecans are! And they would make great gifts too!


  9. Candied Pecans Recipe (19)Allyson Zea

    I love making these at home because it saves so much money! People love them as gifts!


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (20)Kara Cook

      So true! They are so expensive at the store.


  10. Candied Pecans Recipe (21)Rachael Yerkes

    I can’t stop munching on these pecans! so good!!!


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (22)Kara Cook

      They really are addicting, aren’t they?


  11. Candied Pecans Recipe (23)Becca

    Ooooh adding these to salads is a GREAT idea!


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (24)Kara Cook

      Oh yes, they make just about any salad even tastier!


  12. Candied Pecans Recipe (25)Billy

    I love candied pecans. They are such a great easy way to take a simple salad recipe to the next level!


  13. Candied Pecans Recipe (26)Heather Luckhurst

    These look so yummy!! Perfect food gift idea for the holidays too!


  14. Candied Pecans Recipe (27)Penelope Smith

    My grandmother really loves pecans, and I have been thinking about making her some pecan treats. It is good to know that can use some simple ingredients to candy them. I might just have to try out this recipe.


    • Candied Pecans Recipe (28)Kara Cook

      You should give them a try. They really are simple, and I bet your grandmother would love them!


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