Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pecans

  • Author: Dana Gerard
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Condiment
  • Cuisine: American
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pecans are a fast appetizer and salad condiment you'll make and adapt over and over again! Recipes and ideas at

Spice up your salad or cheese plate with these sweet and spicy roasted pecans.


  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (generous) freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less for mild and more for spicy)
  • 3 cups pecan pieces (or any unsalted nut combination)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper sprayed with oil.
  2. Set aside another large piece of parchment or foil (to cool the nuts after baking)
  3. Toast pecans (plain) for ten minutes, then let cool completely.
  4. Combine honey and spices in a large, microwaveable bowl.
  5. Heat in microwave until bubbly, 30 – 60 seconds, then stir well to dissolve salt and spices.
  6. Add honey mixture to cooled nuts, mix well, then spread out on baking sheet.
  7. Bake five minutes, then stir to coat pecans with the melted honey spice mixture.
  8. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes, until golden and bubbling.
  9. Transfer roasted pecans to clean foil or parchment and separate pieces with a fork.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Make up to three days ahead and store at room temperature in an airtight container.


Adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans and Mark Bittman’s Roasted Nuts in How To Cook Everything The Basics