Candied Pecans

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

bowl of candied pecans on a red checkered cloth

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.

bowl of candied pecans with pecans spilling out

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.

skillet with ingredients for making candied pecans

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.


dish of candied pecans

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.

stovetop candied pecans recipe collage

Stovetop Candied Pecans

Yield: 1 cup

Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans
Easy cinnamon sugar roasted pecans made in a skillet.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 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.

More recipes for you pecan lovers out there:

Pecan recipesToffee Pecan Sandies / Chocolate Chip Pecan Caramels / Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Recipe originally published Oct 24, 2016, updated 11/2018.



  1. We have always oven roasted my candied pecans. There seems to be more and more recipes for stove top. I like the idea of saving time because the cooking time is cut in half.

  2. Does any one have a recipe for candied pecans without Egg and without cinnamon

  3. Heather Luckhurst says

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

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

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

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

  7. Allyson Zea says

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

  8. Rachael Yerkes says

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

  9. Ooooh adding these to salads is a GREAT idea!

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

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

  12. 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.

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