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Stovetop Candied Pecans with Brown Sugar

6 Minute Candied Pecans on Stovetop is chewy, crisp, salty, not-too-sweet and highly addictive!! They are perfect as snack or on salads, ice cream, yogurt, pancakes and as a homemade gift.

brown sugar candied pecans in a blue bowl.

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Continuing our Holiday vibes with a candied pecans made in stovetop which is a variation to our 5 Minute Caramel Walnuts recipe! This is so easy and delicious used in so many ways.

I love making quick and easy sugared pecans during holiday months. They are great for topping on salads, as a snack, breakfast and desserts. My favorite part is that it is ready in under 6 minutes, made with brown sugar (check out more brown sugar desserts), without cinnamon and uses no eggs, making it great for vegetarians.

This is a basic recipe, so feel free to play around with your favorite spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger to really make them your own. I love making them sweet and salty.

They are also incredibly easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients (water and salt not counted), naturally gluten-free and once you start snacking on these, it’s going to be hard to stop!

Stovetop Candied Pecans

Ingredients

Pecans – Raw pecan halves

Sugar – This recipe uses both golden brown sugar for lovely caramel flavor and white sugar at the end for a sweet crunch.

Butter – Unsalted butter (reduce salt if using salted butter) or use coconut oil to make it vegan / dairy free.

ingredients needed to make brown sugar glazed pecans.

How to make easy candied pecans?

This is a simple recipe and is made in just a few minutes

Cook in a skillet – Add pecans, brown sugar, water, butter and salt into a medium non-stick skillet, cook on high heat, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes.

When most of moisture evaporates, continue cooking on medium high heat, stirring constantly, until all moisture evaportes and then the nuts turn darker and glossy.

Cool – Transfer nuts to a parchment paper and spread around to seperate the nuts. Sprinkle more salt on top. Cool completely to harden.

Toss in sugar – Seperate the nuts and toss them in white sugar. Store in a sealed container.

glazed pecans in a round plate.

Expert tips

Non-stick skillet is a must.

Double the recipe – Simply double the ingredients and cook in a larger non-stick skillet.

Heat should be high for the first 4 minutes and medium-high for the remaining time.

The caramel gets very hot, so please make sure to not have children or pets around the stove top when making these nuts.

White sugar – This helps the nuts stay separate and gives a lovely sweet taste.

Make it vegan / Dairy Free – Use 1 tablespoon coconut oil instead of butter

Use raw pecans and not toasted nuts.

How to serve?

  • Great as a snack
  • Homemade Holiday gift
  • On cheese boards
  • With Ice creams
  • Top pancakes or waffles
  • With Yogurt or Oatmeal
  • For Salads (Skip the final step of tossing in white sugar)

How to store?

Store brown sugar glazed pecans in a sealed container for up to a week

Variations

  1. Toss ground cinnamon along with white sugar
  2. Give a spicy kick –> Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the white sugar
  3. Make it spicy —> Mix your favorite spices like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove or ginger.

Frequently asked questions

How long are they good for?

Candied pecans are good for a week, when stored in an airtight container at room temperature and in the freezer for a month.

Why are they soft and sticking to each other after cooling?

When you remove nuts right after the moisture evaporates then they tend to not get as crispy and stays soft even after cooling to room temperature. So, make sure to cook them until they turn darker and glossy.

Can I use different nuts in the recipe?

This recipe works well with walnuts.

How to package for a gift?

Wrap skillet candied pecans in a clear cellophane and then tie with a pretty ribbon <—- Great for teachers / friends / family.

Try adding these to the following recipes:

round blue bowl with skillet pecans.

More Holiday recipes

stovetop candied pecans in a blue bowl.

Stovetop Candied Pecans with Brown Sugar

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

6 Minute Candied Pecans on Stovetop is chewy, crisp, salty and highly addictive!! They are perfect as snack or on salads, ice cream, yogurt, pancakes and as a homemade gift.

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Place a piece of parchment on a dinner plate (approximately the size of the plate) or any other heat proof plate. Set aside.

2. Place pecans, brown sugar, water, butter and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium (9 to 10 inches) non-stick skillet.

3. Place skillet over high heat and cook, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes (most of the water will have evaporated by this time).
4. Reduce heat to medium high and continue cooking, stirring constantly for additional 1 to 2 minutes, until all moisture has evaporated, pecans gets darker, glossy and begin clumping together.
4. Immediately transfer nuts (scraping any remaining caramel from the pan) on the prepared parchment. Spread the nuts, so that they are in a single layer and separate them as much as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 pinches of salt on top. Cool to room temperature.
5. Break the nuts apart with your fingers. Sprinkle white granulated sugar on top and toss them to coat.
(Skip the final step of coating in white sugar if using for salads)
Store nuts in a container for several days

Notes

Non-stick skillet is a must.

Double the recipe – Simply double the ingredients and cook in a larger non-stick skillet.

Salted butter - Reduce salt if using salted butter

Use room temperature or cold butter.

Heat should be high for the first 4 minutes and medium-high for the remaining time.

The caramel gets very hot, so please make sure to not have children or pets around the stove top when making these nuts.

White sugar – This helps the nuts stay separate and give a lovely sweet crunch.

Make it vegan / Dairy Free – Use 1 tablespoon coconut oil instead of butter

Use raw pecans and not toasted nuts.

Mix ground cinnamon along with white sugar to make cinnamon candied pecans

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

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