Peppered Pecans


I like this roasted nut recipe because it doesn't use any added oil or butter - my husband likes this because it's nice and spicy! These have become a Thanksgiving tradition at our house, and make a tasty (albeit unusual) addition to salads, especially with the Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette from this site.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 1/2 cups of peppered pecans


  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground dried thyme

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®)

  • teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring (Optional)

  • 1 pound pecan halves


  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a large heavy roasting pan with cooking spray.

  2. Mix black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and dried thyme in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until foamy. Add Worcestershire, hot sauce, and liquid smoke flavoring and whisk to mix. Drop in pecans and stir to coat well. Pour coated pecans into a colander to drain off extra egg white mixture; return to bowl and add the pepper mixture. Stir well to coat each pecan with spices.

  4. Spread pecans in prepared roasting pan. Roast in preheated oven for 5 minutes and stir pecans; roast an additional 5 minutes and stir again. Turn off heat and roast pecans an additional 5 to 10 minutes until pecans are lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and serve at room temperature.

Cook's Note

You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika for regular paprika to add a nice smoky flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

161 Calories
16g Fat
4g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 111mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.