If you only have a few minutes and just want a quick toast before using your pecans in a recipe, skillet toasting is the way to go. Start by warming a non-stick skillet on high for a few minutes, then turning the heat do to medium. Then add the pecans and stir continuously until they begin to brown slightly and emit a warm nutty smell. You can also use a cast iron skillet but you will need to add a little oil to keep the pecans from sticking to the pan. Once brown, you will remove them from the skillet and place them on a paper towel to cool.
Another way to quickly toast pecans is in the microwave. Start by placing one cup of pecans in a glass pie plate and microwaving on high for 3-4 minutes. Then mix in two tablespoons of butter and seasoning you would like to flavor your pecans. We recommend a basic seasoning salt. Then place the dish back in the microwave on high for 30 seconds to one minute. Let cool before removing from the microwave as the glass pie dish will be very hot. Once cool, use as directed in your favorite recipe or serve for a great snack.
Oven-toasted pecans take a little more time than skillet and microwave toasted pecans, but they little extra time is worth it for a richer flavor. Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. Then spray a large non-stick cooking pan with your favorite oil or butter and spread the pecans in a single layer across the pan. If you’d like you can also add your favorite seasonings. Toast the nuts for ten to fifteen minutes, turning halfway through. The pecans will be done when they have started to brown and you smell a warm toasting scent. Remove from the oven and spread on a paper towel to cool. No matter how you decide to toast your pecans, they are a delicious treat. So the next time you buy a bag of Natchitoches Pecans, consider toasting them with these directions to enhance the flavor and perk up some of your favorite recipes.