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A trey of lightly candied pecans scattered on it. The pecans have just a touch of brown sugar and are lightly sweet and crunchy.
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3.62 from 80 votes

Lightly Candied Pecans

Lightly candied pecans with a subtle sweet, crunchy crust. Ideal for snacking, salad topping or to serve alongside dessert. I love them with pumpkin pie and whipped cream! This is a five minute stove top recipe and it is egg free!
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stovetop candied pecans, egg free candied pecans, egg free candied pecans, easy homemade gifts
Servings: 6
Calories: 220kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Line a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Measure sugar and set aside.
  • In a large sauce pan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the pecans with a wooden spatula.
  • Add sugar and salt. Stir constantly for two minutes.
  • Spread candied nuts out on prepared sheet pan. Use the spatula to separate them so they are not touching.
  • When the nuts are completely cool store in a airtight container at room temperature for one week or in the refrigerator for up to four weeks.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg