Sweet and Spicy Asian Pecans

  • Yield: 16 servings

Combine nuts that are roughly the same size, so they are cooked at the same time. Chinese five spice powder can be found in many supermarkets and Asian stores. It contains cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, ginger and fennel seeds. You can substitute curry powder or garam masala, Indian spice mixtures.


2tablespoons peanut or olive oil
4cups pecan halves
1/4cup light brown sugar
1 1/2tablespoons Chinese five spice powder
1/2teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4cup tamari or soy sauce
2tablespoons white or black sesame seeds
1cup chopped dried fruit, optional


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the pecans and cook, stirring often, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the sugar, five spice powder and cayenne pepper. Continue to cook, stirring, 2 minutes until the sugar turns to caramel and the nuts are fragrant. Remove the pan from the heat, continue to stir a few minutes while adding the soy sauce, sesame seeds and dried fruit, if using. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 244
  • Fat 24g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 331mg
  • Carbohydrate 8g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 3g