Just in time for the holiday season, here is a super easy recipe for crunchy and sweet Air Fryer Candied Pecans. Make this special treat for parties or as an edible gift. These candied nuts are great for snacking or for putting on salads.

a bowl of candied pecans

Normally candied pecans are made in the oven or on the stovetop, but this time I used my air fryer and the results were delicious!

Not only are they made with pantry staples, but candied pecans are straightforward and easy to make. You just stir the ingredients together and then pour into the air fryer and let the hot air work its magic.

These sweet and salty nuts are perfect for salads, desserts, cheeseboards, or snacking! Glazed pecans don’t usually last more than a day around here, but they stay fresh for up to two weeks in an airtight container.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s only four ingredients, three of which are pantry staples. If you keep eggs, sugar, and butter on hand then all you have to do is purchase pecans. See my full clean eating grocery and pantry guide.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
  • Air fryer candied pecans are a breeze to make. Just stir everything together and let the air fryer do the rest.
  • Candied pecans from specialty shops can be pricey. Homemade candied pecans are just as delicious and more affordable too.

Key Ingredients

Pecan halves – Pecans do go rancid after a while, so be sure to check the expiration date on the package. Taste one before making this recipe. If it tastes good, then you are good to go.

Coconut oil or butter – Either will work great in this recipe, but you can use coconut oil for a dairy-free version.

Egg white – The egg white is essential for this recipe. It acts similar to a meringue and gives the pecans their crunchy sweet texture.

Sugar – Regular sugar works perfectly but you can use brown sugar for a more caramelized flavor if you like. You can also use coconut sugar for a slightly lower glycemic version.

ingredients for candied pecans

Recipe Steps

Step One

Line your air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Cut a few slits in the foil to let the air circulate.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

In a medium bowl, combine the pecans, coconut oil, egg white, and sugar. Stir well until combined.

pecan and sugar mixture

Step Three

Pour the pecans into the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 to 18 minutes.

Stop to shake the basket twice during the cooking time. This will prevent them from burning.

coated pecans in air fryer

Step Four

Transfer the nuts to a serving dish and let them cool for at least 10 minutes before devouring.

The candied nuts will crisp up as they cool.

candied pecans in air fryer

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using.
  • You can use whatever type of nut you like in this recipe, including almond or cashews.
  • You can easily double this recipe depending on how big your air fryer is. Try not to crowd the nuts in the basket too much.
  • The total time for this recipe includes 10 minutes for the nuts to cool and crisp up.
  • You can add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the mixture before air frying for a festive holiday take!

FAQs

Can I eat the pecans hot?

It’s best to let them cool first. Not only can hot sugar burn you but they crisp up as they cool. Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before devouring.

What are some ways I can use candied pecans?

Besides snacking, candied pecans are great on salads, cookies, ice cream, chicken, salmon, oatmeal, or sweet potatoes.

candied pecans in a white bowl on a table

Other Air Fryer Sweet Recipes You Might Like

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Air Fryer Candied Pecans


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Description

Just in time for the holiday season, here is a super easy recipe for crunchy and sweet Air Fryer Candied Pecans. Make this special treat for parties or as an edible gift. These candied nuts are great for snacking or for putting on salads.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup pecan halves (you can also use almonds or cashews)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted (use coconut oil or vegan butter for dairy-free diets)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup sugar (you can use coconut sugar for a lower glycemic version)

Instructions

  1. Line your air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Cut a few slits in the foil to let the air circulate.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the pecan halves, coconut oil, egg white, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour the nut mixture into the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 300°F for 16-18 minutes, stopping to shake the basket at least 1-2 times during the cooking time (be careful to not let them burn). The nuts should be a dark amber color when they are done.
  4. Transfer the nuts to a serving bowl or plate and let them cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. The nuts will crisp up as they cool.

Notes

  1. Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using.
  2. You can use whatever type of nut you like in this recipe, including almond or cashews.
  3. You can easily double this recipe depending on how big your air fryer is. Try not to crowd the nuts in the basket too much.
  4. The total time for this recipe includes 10 minutes for the nuts to cool and crisp up.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer candied nuts, air fryer candied pecans, healthy candied nuts

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