Savory Spiced Pecans

I love to have quick ideas for homemade food gifts, especially during the holidays. Sometimes I opt for sweet treats like cookies, but many times I like to make munchie treats too like my microwave chex mix or the recipe I’m sharing here today for savory spiced pecans. And even though I usually use pecans, this recipe for spiced nuts could probably work with walnuts, peanuts, or mixed nuts too!

A bowl of homemade savory spiced pecans

How To Make Savory Spiced Nuts

To make your own savory spiced nuts, you’ll start by melting 4 tablespoons of butter and then adding some spices. To the melted butter I add 2 tsp of Tabasco sauce, 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of salt, and a ½ tsp of garlic powder. One thing I’ve always liked about this recipe for spicy pecans is that this combo of spices does indeed make the nuts a little spicy, but they have just the right amount of flavor without being too strong or overpowering.

Pouring melted butter over pecans to make savory spiced pecans

I then pour the spiced melted butter mixture over about 3 cups of nuts (I use pecans). You’ll need about 10 to 12 ounces of pecans to equal about 3 cups. Then everything gets stirred around so that all the nuts are coated with the savory spicy butter mixture.

The buttery spiced nuts are then spread out on a baking sheet and toasted for 15 minutes at 325 degrees. When they are done toasting, you can spread them out on paper toweling to cool.

A sheet pan of spiced pecans to be toasted in the oven

Spicy Nuts Are Great for Gifts or Just Munching!

Even if you don’t have much time for making homemade food gifts, you can still whip up a batch of these spiced nuts with very little hands-on effort and only 15 minutes of toasting time in the oven. You can then package your nuts in little jars or bags and you’ve made your own holiday spiced nuts!

A jar of spiced pecans for gift giving

And these spicy nuts don’t necessarily have to be gifts either. They’re great for sharing at gatherings with friends or family, or to use as an appetizer, or just to enjoy munching on something a little special at home.

This post was originally published December 2013 and updated November 2022.

Savory Spiced Pecans

These pecans have just the right amount of spiciness and are perfect for holiday gift giving.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Gifts, Pecans, Savory Nuts, Spiced Nuts
Yield: 3 cups
Author: Beverly


  • 4 Tbl Butter (melted)
  • 2 tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt (I usually use sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 cups Pecan Halves (about 10 to 12 ounces)


  • Place the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds to melt.
  • To the melted butter add the tabasco, worcestershire, salt, and garlic powder.
  • Place the pecan halves in a larger bowl.  Pour the butter mixture over the pecans, stirring well to coat all the nuts.
  • Spread pecans evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and spread on paper toweling to cool.

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  1. These turned out perfect! Exactly the taste I was hoping for. I used smoked sea salt for my salt and chipotle tobasco for hot sauce. Delicious! Thank you!

  2. I am totally in favor of homemade gifts. Your recipe is on our must-try list for the weekend. We have some Christmas mugs that we want to fill. Not much time before Christmas so gotta get going. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Be well.

    1. There are many Christmas seasons that I make these spicy nuts too. They are always delicious and make great gifts!

  3. These look good! They’d make a cute quick gift. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.