Spiced Nuts


For Toasting

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups pecans (walnuts or peanuts also work well)

To Finish

  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat
  2. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute
  3. Add cayenne pepper, black pepper, sugar, sea salt and mix until ingredients are blended
  4. Add pecans and mix until pecans are well coated and start to brown just a bit, stirring constantly.  This should take about 2-3 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly (but not completely; you want them to be warm for the next step) in the saucepan for 3-4 minutes
  6. Spread mixture out onto a cutting board. Sprinkle with sea salt and sugar and mix together with hands. Transfer to a bowl and serve


  • Can be stored for 2-3 days in a covered container
  • For a sweeter version, substitute cinnamon for garlic and cayenne pepper