Dry Roasted Pecans
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Recipe Checklist:
  • 1 cup of Pecans (Whole and Shelled)
  • Salt (To Taste)
Tools & Equipment
  • Baking Sheet
Estimated Time
12 Minutes
8 oz of Roasted Pecans
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Preheat your Oven to 350° F (177° F). If you did not purchase your Pecans out of the shell, shell the Pecan Nuts. If you want a tip on how to more easily crack the shells see the Pecan Nut Resource on Smart Kitchen under the Culinary Use heading.

With the Pecans shelled, place them, spread out evenly, on a Baking Sheet to wait for the oven to reach the proper temperature.  Also prepare a holding plate, covered in a paper towel, as a place for the finished Roasted Pecans to cool.


With the oven at temperature, place the Baking Sheet of Pecans into the oven. The whole roasting process will take about 5 to 10 minutes but we will want to stir them around at least once, usually at the midpoint of the roasting.

Assuming that your oven cook times are similar to our ovens’, open the oven door at the 4 or 5 minute mark. Use Oven Mitts to carefully slide the Baking Sheet toward you. Use caution and stir the Pecans around on the Baking Sheet so that they will roast evenly. Return the baking sheet to the oven and close the door to allow the Pecans to finish Roasting.

Alternatively, you can just place the hot Baking Sheet on a heat proof surface and stir there, using the Oven Mitt hand to steady the Baking Sheet. Do whichever is easiest and safest for you.

The ultimate goal is fragrant, lightly Browned Pecans. We expect that the Pecans will be done in 10 minutes. Your oven may get the job done more quickly or more slowly. Adjust the cook time so that your Pecans are fragrant and only lightly browned. Overcooking the Pecans is a mistake to be avoided and there will be Carry Over Cooking once you remove them from the Oven.

Once the Pecans are Dry Roasted remove the Baking Sheet from the oven with Oven Mitts.  Place the Dry Roasted Pecans onto the holding plate with the paper towel to cool. Sprinkle them with Salt to taste and serve them up.

As you become comfortable with the basic recipe for Dry Roasted Pecans you can spice it up, literally by adding spices or herbs to your Salting stage. You could also take the extra step and try Wet Roasted Pecans as well, which we think has a bit more flavor.

Dry Roasted Pecan Nuts don’t have a great shelf life. They should be stored in an airtight container in a cold dark place for 2 weeks or so. Cool Pantries work, as do refrigerators.

A final note, remember when working with Nuts like Pecans, that some of your diners or guests may be allergic. Communicate with them to prevent any accidents.

 Some will argue that Pecans can also be roasted on the stove top, but we would define stove top cooking as Toasting which is different than Roasting. The Pecans can be salted, spiced or herbed after roasting.