Buttery Roasted Pecans Recipe

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These buttery roasted pecans make a delicious snack and are perfect for gifting! This delicious treat is made with pecans coated in melted butter and roasted to perfection. The pecans are salted to bring out their natural sweetness and enhance their flavor.

Salted roasted pecans in a glass jar.

These pecans are great on their own, but can also be added to salads, desserts, and more! They make a wonderful addition to any holiday meal or as an edible gift for friends and family.

Pecans naturally have 19 vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants, and a one-ounce serving of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber.
Pecans are a southern staple.

The pecan tree is the state tree of Texas and the pecan capital of the world is in Albany, Georgia. And pretty much every Southerner has had at least one slice of pecan pie.

The following recipe makes one large batch, which is perfect for sharing and keeping some for yourself. The savory, buttery pecans make great gifts – simply put them in a beautiful jar. They would also be a great alternative to salted peanuts for your next game night.


For this remarkably easy buttered pecans recipe, you need the following basic ingredients:

  • 2 pounds raw pecans (about 5 cups pecan halves)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

How To Make Oven-Roasted Salted Pecans

Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees.

Spread pecans on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with butter and salt; toss well. Bake for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the pecans are golden brown and lightly toasted.

Tray of salted pecans.

When making them, be sure to stir them periodically and remove them from the oven when they start to darken.

Tips and Notes

  • You can line your sheet with parchment paper if you like, but it’s not necessary.
  • You might find it easier to place the nuts in a large mixing bowl and then drizzle the melted butter on top and then stir before placing them on the baking sheet.
  • Store toasted pecans in an airtight container after they have cooled completely.
  • You can place them in a glass container like a Mason jar and top with a bow to make a delicious edible gift.

FAQ – What is the difference between roasting nuts and toasting nuts?

Roasting takes place in an oven and nuts are thoroughly cooked. Toasting normally is done over a fire or on the stove and is browning on the outside.

jar of salted pecans

Oven-Roasted Salted Pecans

These Oven-Roasted Salted Pecans are a delicious snack.  They’re lower in carbs than those old, stale cookies you have sitting in the pantry right now, plus they are full of nutty-goodness. 
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 – 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 410kcal


  • 2 pounds about 5 cups pecans
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Spread pecans on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with butter and salt; toss well.
  • Bake about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted.


Recipe excerpted from Mississippi Hometown Cookbook, copyright 2011, and reprinted with permission.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 424mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g
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Mississippi Hometown Cookbook

This recipe for Oven-Roasted Pecans is one of the many tempting recipes in Mississippi Hometown Cookbook by Sheila Simmons and Kent Whitaker. The cookbook is a collection of mouthwatering recipes from around the Magnolia state. From breakfast to dessert, there are recipes to please even the pickiest of palates.

Mississippi Hometown Cookbook.

The book is divided into 10 chapters:

  1. Appetizers
  2. Bread & Breakfast
  3. Soups & Salads
  4. Vegetables & Side Dishes
  5. Beef & Pork
  6. Poultry
  7. Fish & Seafood
  8. Cookies & Candies
  9. Cakes & Cobblers
  10. Pies & Other Desserts

Sprinkled throughout the book are personal stories about several of the recipes as well as information about some of the food events and festivals that take place across Mississippi.

A “taste” of some of the recipes in Mississippi Hometown Cookbook:

  • Watermelon Salsa
  • Mississippi Blue Crab Dip
  • Mississippi Gulf Oyster Fritters
  • Granny’s Sweet Cornmeal Muffins
  • Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
  • Bacon Tomato Gravy
  • Demaris’ Crawfish Bisque Soup
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Southern-Style Greens
  • Zesty Butter Beans
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Grenada Mustard BBQ Sauce
  • Dixie Fried Chicken
  • Easy Chicken Spaghetti
  • Catfish Parmesan
  • Meema’s Shrimp Thermidor
  • Crawfish Étouffée
  • Stephanie’s Mississippi Mud Cookies
  • Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Pound Cake
  • Mississippi Mud Pie
  • Stephanie’s Fried Apple Pies

That’s just a sampling of the recipes that are in Mississippi Hometown Cookbook. Look for it at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

Happy Eating!

If you like Southern recipes, be sure to check out these other delicious recipes:

  • Easy Hoppin’ John – This classic Southern side dish is often eaten on New Years, but it is perfectly acceptable to eat it anytime your heart desires. Plus, it’s a delicious way to eat some legumes.
  • Pecan Pie – One of the quintessential Southern desserts, this pecan pie is loaded with pecans and is totally yum!
  • Old Fashioned Tea Cakes – These sweet treats are not cake but rather cookies with a touch of lemon flavoring that you will find absolutely irresistible.

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  1. I was wondering, since this has butter on it should it be kept refrigerated in hot humid temp? I love, love salted pecans and i just have to try this.

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