Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by laurenpacek
These spicy candied pecans are, as the name implies, both spicy and sweet. Made with only 3 ingredients, they come together in a flash! They’re great for snacking or as part of a cheese board.
Old Bay is life
Truer words were never said. Don’t @ me.
I think I’ve talked about it on here before, but prior to living in Baltimore, I didn’t understand just how amazing this spice blend was. After spending 6 years there, though, I am a full convert to the Church of Old Bay.
It’s great on seafood of all kinds, obviously. But also really good on basically all fried foods, roasted potatoes, and even to rim a can or glass of cold cold National Bohemian beer. (Pro tip: It’s called a Dirty Boh)
AND NOW, with these spicy candied pecans, we’ve established that Old bay is fabulous with sweet foods, too. What can’t it do?
And no, this isn’t an ad. I just love Old Bay. But Old bay, get at me, because I’d love to work with you.
What ingredients go into these candied nuts?
Here’s one of the best things about this recipe: it only requires 3 ingredients!
- Pecans – I used pecan halves, but you can feel free to use other nuts instead or in addition! Walnuts and cashews would be really good here, too.
- Maple syrup – Please. I beg of you. Use real maple syrup here. The good stuff. You will be rewarded.
- Old Bay – Yes. You read that right. Old Bay seasoning. Trust me! It really works with maple syrup. The spicy-sweet combination is *chef’s kiss* so good.
And that’s it! Just 3 little ingredients.
How do these spicy candied pecans come together?
Recipes don’t get much easier than this. Truly.
All you need to do is place your pecan halves, maple syrup, and Old Bay in a large bowl. Next, toss everything around with a spatula until the nuts are evenly coated.
Last, spread the pecans onto a baking sheet in an even layer and bake for only 15-20 minutes. Then you’re done!
Looking for other recipes that use Old Bay?
They’re all delicious and all make great use of delicious Old Bay.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the pecan halves, maple syrup, and Old Bay . Use a spatula to stir everything around until the nuts are evenly coated.
- Spread the pecans on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, tossing the pecans around with a spatula about halfway through, or until the maple syrup has begun to crystalize on the pecans (they won't be as sticky and wet).
- Allow the pecans to cool completely. Break them apart, if necessary, and eat!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 346mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g
Do I need any special gear to make these candied pecans?
- Real maple syrup is a must!
- Old Bay, for sure
- A baking sheet
- Silicone spatulas work really well for tossing the sticky pecans around (I have so many of these spatulas and love them)
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