Candied Pecans on the Stovetop – Perfectly Caramelized in 4 Easy Steps!

The smell of caramelized pecans just make the holidays come alive to me! They are always sold at the malls near me. Since that where we seem to be during holiday shopping, I guess that's why the smell correlates to holidays. And spending money. HA!

You can whip up a delicious batch of these candied pecans in 4 easy steps! The ingredients are items that are already in the pantry and fridge, so you can start right now. Yes, right this minute!

This recipe explains how to make caramelized pecans on the stovetop. However, I include the oven recipe suggestion as well since so many people have asked. Either way, they turn out great!

Candied Pecans Ingredients

  • 4 cups, Pecans
  • 1/2 cup, Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBS, Butter
  • 2 TBS, Water
  • 1/2 tsp, Cinnamon
  • Pinch, Salt

Candied Pecans How To

  1. Add your brown sugar, butter, water, cinnamon and salt to a large sauté pan.
  2. Mix your ingredients over medium-low heat and mix in your pecans.
  3. Cook and toss for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour onto a sheet on parchment paper to cool and enjoy.

It's super fast to prepare a small batch of candied pecans on the stovetop, especially when a craving hits (and you don't want to fight the crowds at the mall). Over the years, I have gotten questions on how we make our candied pecans that I also want to share to help as well!

Why are my candied pecans sticky?

If you have this issue, there could be a few issues. First, make sure you don't have too much brown sugar mixed it. I know, I know, it's so easy just to add without topping off the excess, but this can be the problem.

Secondly, make sure you're tossing the pecans so they cook evenly throughout the pan. The heat will help to caramelize the pecans so they are hardened more and less sticky.

How long are candied pecans good for?

Well, they don't last long around here! However, they would be good to keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

How to store candied pecans? 

I always store them in a mason jar and keep refrigerated.

Do candied pecans need to be refrigerated?

The pecans should be caramelized and hardened, however, if they get in a warm environment they could become sticky. I always stick them in the fridge.

How to make candied pecans in the oven?

Yes, you sure can! Depending on how large of a batch you have this is a great alternative. Bake at 250 for around 1 hour. Toss every 15 minutes so they don't stick together. This also allows the pecans to get evenly caramelized.

Are candied pecans gluten free and vegan?

Yes, these pecans are gluten free! However, they would only be vegan if you used a butter substitute.

Print

Candied Pecans on the Stovetop – 4 Easy Steps!

This recipe explains how to make caramelized pecans on the stovetop. However, I include the oven recipe suggestion as well since so many people have asked. Either way, they turn out great!

  • Author: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 4 cups, Pecans
  • 1/2 cup, Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBS, Butter
  • 2 TBS, Water
  • 1/2 tsp, Cinnamon
  • Pinch, Salt

Instructions

  1. Add your brown sugar, butter, water, cinnamon and salt to a large sauté pan.
  2. Mix your ingredients over medium-low heat and mix in your pecans.
  3. Cook and toss for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour onto a sheet on parchment paper to cool and enjoy.

Leave a Comment





This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.