Honey Roasted Pecans

honey roasted pecans

The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins

Believe it or not, the secret to hot, fresh honey roasted pecans is thinly coating pecans with honey, and then roasting them. Indeed, this method is so foolproof, that there is absolutely nothing preventing you from creating your own lifetime supply of these lightly sweet and crunchy toasted nuts. No longer will you have to trudge all the way to the zoo and fork over six to eight dollars for a tiny wax paper bag of these yummy gems. Instead, keep them on hand at home and office, and enjoy them in salads, on oatmeal, yogurt and ice cream, or mixed with popcorn. You can even tuck some into your children's lunch box for a healthful, yet kid-friendly homemade snack.

Unfortunately, this method isn’t quite as foolproof with other kinds of nuts. Something about pecans (maybe their naturally high oil content) allows them to attain the perfect roast level just before their light coating of honey becomes overly caramelized and bitter.


  • 1 cup pecan halves, or halves and pieces
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of fine salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an oven safe dish or a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the honey and pecans until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and toss once or twice more.

  3. Bake for up to 15 minutes. Take care not to over-caramelize the sugar, which will taint the honey flavor.

  4. Cool at least 10 minutes, and serve. Store in a sealed container for up to six months.