Pan Roasted Pecans

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Transforming plain raw pecans into deeply flavorful delights in just 5-minutes? The secret lies in pan-roasting! Watch as they develop a rich, reddish hue and a flavor profile that’s nothing short of extraordinary.

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If food science isn’t your thing today, simply grab a sturdy saucepan, heat it over medium-high, and start toasting. We’re swiftly toasting here with a touch of olive oil and sea salt.

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You can also dry-toast your nuts! Just skip the EVOO and salt.

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How to Make Pan Roasted Pecans

Roasted Pecans

Pan Roasted Pecans

How do you take a sweet pecan from its simple raw state and develop a deep harmonious flavor in 5 minutes? You Pan Roast em'! Pan Roasted Pecans take on a deep foxy red hue and the character to match.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Mean Green Chef


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 cups (200 grams) pecan halves unsalted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher sea salt or to taste


  • Heat a large cast-iron or heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil and heat for 30 seconds, tilting the pan so the oil coats the bottom.
  • Add the pecans and spread along the bottom. Leave for 1 to 2 minutes until they start to brown and become fragrant.
  • Add the almonds and spread along the bottom. Leave for 1 to 2 minutes until they start to brown and become fragrant.
  • Continue cooking the almonds, stirring every 15 seconds or so, until they are nicely brown and have a deeply toasted flavor, about 5 minutes time in total.
  • Transfer to a piece of parchment paper until they’ve cooled to room temperature.
  • Store in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator.


  • Prep time is approximate. 
  • Roasted almonds will keep up to a year in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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    1. I appreciate the simplicity of this recipe. I had not thought of using a cast-iron pan so certainly will in the future. I also thought the download about flavor profiling that you provide after subscribing is fantastic! It will take me a while to discover all the good info there. Sorry if I subscribed twice because it seemed that was a new version, maybe?!

      1. Thank you, Beth, I’m so happy that you are enjoying our Flavor Profiling Download! No problem if you subscribed 2x lol we do scrub the list so you won’t get multiple emails. It has a few changes but for the most part, it’s in the original format. We’re giving the website a facelift and changing a few things up in the process 🙂

    2. This looks great. I like how simple it is. I can see these being great with ice-cream.

      1. They would be delish on ice cream, Erika! 🙂

    3. Normally I roast them in the oven. Does the cast iron skillet give them a different taste than in the oven? I will need to give this a try!

      1. In my opinion, it does, Morgan, I love the EVOO and sea salt they cook up so nice in cast iron! Let me know what you think after trying this out, please 🙂

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