There’s nothing like feasting on crisp Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans when trying to curb your hunger or satisfy that beastly snack attack. They’re a no-guilt munch that pleases most with simple preparation and easy storage, but knowing some particulars gets you a consistent outcome every time.
Before roasting, let’s survey some of this nut’s unique qualities.
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Interesting Pecan Food Facts:
- Technically the pecan is not a nut but a drupe, similar to the peach and plum.
- Pecan trees produce full crops every two years.
- They are native to the good ole’ USA! (where most are grown)
- It takes 12 years for a pecan tree to begin producing fruit growing up to 150 feet, 3 feet in diameter, and living up to 300 years.
- This nut tree has mammoth qualities.
- Pecan shells were roasted and substituted for coffee grinds during WWII. (Tea, please!)
- They have a thousand different varieties.
- It has its own day of observance on April 14th, National Pecan Day, and July 12th is National Pecan Pie Day. Lest we forget!
- Albany, Georgia, is the Pecan Capital of the WORLD! (growing more than 600,000 pecan trees)
- They are full of fiber and healthy fat, contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Texans claim the pecan as their state tree and invented butter pecan ice cream. Thank you, Texas!
- French people in New Orleans came up with the pecan pie, of course!
- Wood from the pecan tree is used for furniture, flooring, paneling, and smoking meat.
- Pecans can be ground and made into nut milk, pressed into oil, and processed into pecan butter.
- The word pecan can be pronounced 2 ways. I prefer the way that doesn’t sound like a facility to relieve oneself.
Now For The Roasted Pecans
Roasting is a cooking method known to deepen and enrich food flavors. This recipe is simple, but there’s a sure way to consistently achieve satisfactory results of crisp Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans.
So first things first! Melt 3 1/2 tablespoons of salted butter. Not 3 and not 4. Three and one-half! That’s the magic combination. I find 4 leaves your hands and the container too greasy, and 3 isn’t enough butter flavor. So there!
Next, place 3 cups of pecan halves in a large bowl. That’s just the right amount so that they aren’t fighting for space on the sheet pan, and they don’t fly out when giving them a toss in the middle of roasting. Then pour butter over the nuts and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. Now, stir, stir, stir to coat every pecan with flavor.
Your next step is to line the sheet pan with parchment paper, place the pecans in a simple layer on the paper and bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 12 minutes. Pull them out of the oven and use a long-handled set of tongs to turn the nuts over and stir them around to help each get an even roast. Place them back in the oven and roast for another 10-12 minutes, checking the color towards the end. You don’t want them to turn dark brown and have an overdone taste.
Lastly, let them cool then store in a tightly covered container or ziplock bag either in or out of the refrigerator. I usually don’t refrigerate because they get eaten up so quickly.
If you like your snacking with a bold punch of taste, try my Cajun Roasted Pecans. You may be surprised to discover where they get their spicy Louisiana flavor from. Try liquid Concentrated Shrimp And Crab Boil. Oh, yeah!Print
Follow these particular instructions for crisp, Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans every time for a guilt-free snack or addition to your favorite dishes.
3 cups pecan halves, shelled and cleaned
3 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place pecans in a large bowl.
Melt butter and pour over pecans.
Sprinkle nuts with salt and stir all of the ingredients together several times, making sure pecans are all coated with butter and salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes then take out of the oven and turn the nuts over with long-handled tongs.
Return to oven for another 10-12 minutes being careful to not over-roast.
Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container like a glass jar with a screw-on lid or zip-top bag.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: roasted pecans
More Than Snacking
Using Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans adds more flavor to other recipes like these:
- Easy Charcuterie Appetizer Boards
- Fresh Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cajun Cake
- Pimento Cheese, Classic, Pecan, and Jalapeño
- Chicken Salad Your Way
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
Of course, only if you have any leftover pecans or succeed in hiding them for later!
Let me know in the comments the ways you like to cook with or roast pecans and if you have any questions about my recipes. I love hearing about your cooking adventures!
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