How to Toast Pecans in the Microwave (with ease)


Quick Answer: How to Toast Pecans in the Microwave

Take a small number of pecans from its packaging. Place them on a microwave-safe plate and spread them out in an even layer. Switch on the microwave and set it on high. Cook at 1-minute intervals 3 or 4 times to get it golden and crispy. Keep stirring or tossing the pecans around between these intervals to evenly distribute the heat among the pecans. Repeat the heating process till the desired results are achieved.

This write-up is a comprehensive guide detailing the steps to toast pecans in the microwave.

Keep reading to find out the procedures needed to get pecans toasted in the microwave.

Home cooks and food bloggers alike recommend using the microwave to easily toast pecans. I have toasted pecans in the microwave many a time and it has always been a cakewalk.

Without further ado, let’s dive right into the details!

How to Prep Pecans Before Toasting in the Microwave

There is nothing specific to be done before toasting pecans in the microwave. Take the pecans out of its packaging, ready to be microwaved.

This would avoid any fuss at the last moment. Take care to use only a small number of nuts. Even them out in a single layer on the plate.

How to Toast Pecans in the Microwave

How to Toast Pecans in the Microwave

Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Take a small number of pecans out of its packaging. Take a microwave-safe plate and spread the pecans on it.

Remember to spread them out in an even layer rather than making them pile up.

Set the microwave on high power and toast at 1-minute intervals. In between these intervals toss the pecans around in the plate.

Repeat the process as many times as needed to get the nuts golden and crispy.


  • Pecans
  • Microwave-safe plate


  • Oven mitts


    1. Putting the pecans in the microwave: Take a handful of pecans out of its packaging and spread them out on the microwave-safe plate. Then, put them in the microwave.

    2. Adjusting the microwave settings: Switch on the microwave. Set the microwave to high power for 1-minute intervals. Repeat the process 3-4 times.

    3. Checking in between the process: Keep an eye on the pecans while it gets toasted. In between the 1-minute intervals, use oven mitts to take it out and toss the pecans around.

    4. Repeat the process till the desired result is reached: To gain the desired taste and texture, keep repeating the process.

Tips to Remember While Toasting Pecans in the Microwave

Review these points before microwaving to get perfectly toasted pecans.

  • The amount of time required to toast pecans depends on the microwave used. So there may be slight variation in the time needed according to the type, age, and power of the microwave used.
  • Make sure that you evenly spread out the pecans on the plate rather than piling them up. Try to have only a single layer of pecans on the plate.
  • Use a microwave-safe plate to toast your pecans in.
  • It is advisable to use oven mitts to take your pecans out of the microwave to protect your hands from getting burnt by the hot plate.
  • Adding a coat of butter and some salt to the pecans elevates the taste of the pecans to another level.

Alternate Ways to Toast Pecans

If using the microwave is not an option to toast pecans, it can also be done using an oven or by using a skillet.

Before toasting in the oven, spread out the pecans on a microwave-safe plate coat them in butter and salt. Bake at a temperature of 350˚F for 6-10 minutes.

Remember to stir in between to ensure even distribution of heat. While toasting pecans in a skillet, first melt some butter and add the pecans into the skillet.

Add some salt and toss it around to get it coated in the mix. Toast the pecans in the skillet on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

How to Toast Pecans quickly

Pecans can be toasted quickly by using the microwave. It only takes about 3 minutes to toast pecans in the microwave when toasted on high power.

Use 1-minute intervals to toast the pecans. Repeat the process 3-4 times to get them golden and perfectly toasted.

It is ideal to toss the pecans about to ensure the equal distribution of heat among the pecans.

Thus, the pecans can be effortlessly toasted in both the microwave and the oven.

How to Store Toasted Pecans

Toasted pecans can be stored in the refrigerator or in the freezer to prevent them from turning stale and unsuitable for consumption.

Roasting pecans make them more prone to turn stale. Hence they should be stored appropriately.

The most suitable way to store pecans is to put them away in the freezer or the fridge.

The pecans would stay fresh for almost a year if frozen and about 6 months if refrigerated.

If stored in a dry and cool place at room temperature, they will last 3-4 months.

Is it Safe to Toast Pecans in the Microwave?

It is perfectly safe to toast pecans in the microwave.

To be safe, cook the pecans at small time intervals. Use only a small amount of pecans to toast at a time. Spread the pecans in an even layer rather than piling them on one side.

Ensure that a microwave-safe plate is used for placing the nuts in as well.

How Long does it Take to Toast Pecans in the Microwave?

It takes 3-8 minutes to toast pecans in the microwave.

The time needed to toast pecans in the microwave depends on the number of nuts taken for microwaving and the power, age, and the type of microwave used.

Microwave at 1-minute intervals to avoid burning the nuts.


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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

1 thought on “How to Toast Pecans in the Microwave (with ease)”

  1. This is a great method for toasting pecans! I love that it doesn’t require any prep work and only takes a few minutes. The results are always consistent and the flavor is amazing.


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