4.34 from 75 votes

Air Fryer Candied Pecans

This homemade snack recipe is quick and easy to make in minutes in your air fryer! Air Fryer Candied Pecans are perfect for salads, holiday snacks or gift giving. Each bite is crunchy, sweet and delicious.

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I use my air fryer for many of my favorite recipes. I always think I can air fry this! Candied Pecans can also be air fried and guess what? They are ah-mazing!

I love making candied nuts over the holidays. They are perfect for gifting and also to serve as a snack when friends come for a visit. 

These Air Fryer Candied Pecans are delicious! I love their crunch sweetness. They are so addicting though! I usually have to stop myself from eating too many.

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Why You’ll Love This Candied Pecans Recipe

  • Made in minutes
  • The perfect edible gift for a foodie
  • Crunchy and sweet
  • Uses real maple syrup
  • Can be used for a snack, in salads or other desserts
  • Minimal prep work and the air fryer does all the work
  • Contains only a few simple ingredients
  • Long storage time

Ingredients for Air Fryer Candied Pecans

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    • Brown sugar: You can switch this out for granulated sugar if you prefer.
    • Egg white
    • Maple syrup: You can use honey or agave nectar instead, though maple syrup goes best with pecans. I highly recommend Maple Lifestyle maple syrups. So good!
    • Allspice: If you don’t have allspice, cinnamon, or nutmeg are good alternatives.
    • Salt
    • Pecan halves
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    How to Make Air Fryer Candied Pecans

    Step One: Preheat the air fryer to 350F.

    Step Two: Combine the brown sugar, egg white, maple syrup, allspice, and salt in a bowl and mix until fully combined.

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    Step Three: Toss the pecans into the brown sugar mixture. Make sure it is well tossed and coated.

    Step Four: Carefully line the preheated air fryer tray with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.

    Step Five: Pour the pecan mixture into the air fryer basket. Cook for 3 minutes and then stir the pecans gently around. Cook for another 3 minutes.

    Step Six: Let the pecans cool off for about 20 minutes before plating and serving.

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    Equipment Needed to Make Candied Pecans

    What to Serve with Candied Nuts

    Christmas Drinks

    Christmas Desserts

    Christmas Snacks

    a jar of air fryer candied pecans

    Variations

    • Try using granulated sugar instead of brown sugar.
    • Substitute honey or agave nectar for the maple syrup
    • Use cinnamon or nutmeg in place of the allspice.

    Storage Instructions

    Best Way to Store Leftover Caramelized Pecans

    Store these air fryer candied pecans in an airtight container either in the fridge or at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks. 

    Can I Freeze Candied Nuts?

    Yes, you can freeze candied nuts. Air fry them as instructed and let them cool completely. Then transfer them to airtight container or a freezer bag. Store the nuts in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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    What do I do with Candied Pecans?

    Candied pecans can be used in a lot of different ways. Some people love to toss them into salads to add a little extra sweetness and crunch. 

    Some people like to munch on them as a snack.

    They are also a great addition to baked goods like cookies or cake. 

    You can even use them in a savory recipe like with chicken or fish.

    Tips and Tricks

    • These pecans turn out delicious, but a bit moist. If you prefer them drier, put them back in the air fryer for 2 to 3 more minutes.
    • Putting the aluminum foil makes for an easy clean up job and keeps the pecans from sticking to the air fryer. I don’t recommend using cooking spray directly on the air fryer since most cooking sprays can cause air fryer baskets to chip.
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    What is the difference between glazed and candied pecans?

    Candied pecans typically use sugar and an egg white while glazed pecans are made with brown sugar, corn syrup and butter. Both are deliciously sweet!

    Do you eat candied pecans warm or cold?

    You can eat candied pecans warm, but bear in mind that they may be stickier. They will harden as they cool with a crispy, sugary coating.

    Personally, I prefer eating them at room temperature (not cold). I don’t recommend refrigerating them.

    How to Make Candied Pecans in the Oven

    • Step One: Preheat oven to 250F. Grease a baking sheet with butter or cooking spray.
    • Step Two: Combine the brown sugar, egg white, maple syrup, allspice, and salt in a bowl and mix until fully combined.
    • Step Three: Toss the pecans into the brown sugar mixture. Make sure it is well tossed and coated.
    • Step Four: Spread pecans on baking sheet. 
    • Step Five: Bake for 1 hour, stirring the pecans every 15 minutes. Let cool before serving.
    a jar of air fryer candied pecans

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    4.34 from 75 votes

    Air Fryer Candied Pecans

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 6 minutes
    Total Time 11 minutes
    This homemade snack recipe is quick and easy to make in minutes in your air fryer! Perfect for salads, holiday snacks or gift giving. Each bite is crunchy, sweet and delicious.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 1 large egg white
    • ½ tbsp maple syrup
    • ¼ tsp allspice
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 ¼ cups pecans

    Instructions

    • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
    • Combine the brown sugar, egg white, maple syrup, allspice, and salt in a bowl and mix until fully combined.
    • Toss the pecans into the brown sugar mixture. Make sure it is well tossed and coated.
    • Carefully line the preheated air fryer tray with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
    • Pour the pecan mixture into the air fryer basket. Cook for 3 minutes and then stir the pecans gently around. Cook for another 3 minutes.
    • Let the pecans cool off for about 20 minutes before plating and serving.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 154mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Snacks
    Cuisine American
    Keyword air fryer candied pecans, candied nuts, candied pecans, caramelized pecans, sugared pecans

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    19 Comments

    1. How can i do walnuts in an air fryer

      1. Hi Robin,

        You should be able to follow the recipe and just swap out the pecans for walnuts. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

      2. Hi I’m a diabetic and I love these pecans do you have a recipe that I could use as a diabetic substituting artificial sweetener instead of sugar and still have the same wonderful Aroma and flavor thank you

    2. I don’t have an air fryer.Can these be done in the oven or in a frying pan

      1. Hi Fern, I just updated the post with oven instructions.

        How to Make Candied Pecans in the Oven
        Step One: Preheat oven to 250F. Grease a baking sheet with butter or cooking spray.
        Step Two: Combine the brown sugar, egg white, maple syrup, allspice, and salt in a bowl and mix until fully combined.
        Step Three: Toss the pecans into the brown sugar mixture. Make sure it is well tossed and coated.
        Step Four: Spread pecans on baking sheet. 
        Step Five: Bake for 1 hour, stirring the pecans every 15 minutes. Let cool before serving.

      2. A convection oven does the same as an air fryer, just in case you have one.

      3. 5 stars
        I made these today . Super easy and wow I wanted to just sit and eat the whole batch , they are that good !! Will be making this many more times ! Thank you for this recipe .

    3. Can I use parchment paper instead of foil? If so, do I still spray the parchment?

      1. I haven’t tried then with parchment paper, but it should be fine. You want to make sure the sauce doesn’t leak out. I would spray it as well.

    4. What is the shelf life for the candied pecans if stored in mason jars?

    5. Can you use the paper air fryer liners instead of foil or does the foil effect the recipe?

      1. You should be fine with paper liners. Just spray it with cooking spray or oil so they don’t stick.

    6. Thank you! I made these many years ago in the oven before air fryers were common. Gave jars as gifts, and everyone loved them. Going to make a batch right now. Great reminder!

    7. Tamara Williams says:

      Does this recipe require real mapke syrup? Can I use something like Mrs Butterworth pancake syrup? Thank you!

    8. Could I swap the maple syrup out for honey?

    9. Nan Cross says:

      I tried the Candy pecans, They were really good and I followed the recipe to the letter, but mine were awful goodie, so I added more time to them, like 10mins more, they are less goodie a little sticky. But they are really good.

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