Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Roasted Pecans with Chinese Five-Spice Powder

Nuts are my favourite snack. I love pecans, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia the most.  While these nuts are not so expensive in U.S and China,  they are quite pricy here in Singapore.  One pack of 250g roasted pecans can be sold close to S$10.

To enjoy pecans at home,  I usually buy raw pecans from local wholesale market, and roast them in my oven.  Toss with some salt, sugar, and Chinese five-spice powder,  homemade roasted pecans  rival the top-quality nuts brands. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, we can enjoy a handful of  crispy delicious pecans anytime of the day. 

While there are many good things about nuts,  try not to consume them in excess.   Nuts contain a high amount of omega 6. It's important to maintain a balanced omega 6 and omega 3 ratio (1:1) in your diet.  Study shows a diet that is high in Omega-6 but low in Omega-3 increases inflammation. So, just take nuts as delicious snacks, but not a major part of our diet, we should be fine.

(Recipe adapted from Maomaoma Kitchen)

  • 250g pecan halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  1. Preheat oven to 160 DegC.
  2. In a large bowl, soak pecans in boiling water for 15 seconds. Drain well.
  3. Sprinkle salt, sugar and Chinese five-spice powder over pecans.Toss to coat evenly.
  4. Spread pecans on a lined baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Take out the tray and stir with a wooden spoon. Bake for another 4-5 minutes , or until sides of pecans turn light brown.
  6. Let pecans stay in the oven for two more minutes before remove from the oven.
  7. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.


  1. I LOVE roasted pecans, Little Joy. I must try them with Chinese-Five-Spice Powder because I love that as well:) Thank you so much for sharing...

    1. Louise,

      yes, they are so delicious, I can't stop eating :)

  2. I will have to try your recipe, we just love Roasted Pecans. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

  3. Pecans are my absolute favorite kind of nut. I have a jar of five spice in my cabinet that I've been unsure of. Thank you for the idea! Thank you, also for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week.


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