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The perfect crunchy Air Fryer pecans, great for a Keto friendly snack, salads, grain bowls, pastry, ice cream or baked goods. A small batch recipe and you don’t even need to turn your oven on.

A glass bowl with Air Fryer pecans

No, pecans should not be used only to make pie for Thanksgiving. These healthy and low carb nuts taste super delicious, especially when toasted and seem to be a little under appreciated at times.

There is nothing better than the smell of toasted walnuts (or pecans) on a winter day. I love snacking on these or topping my salads with them. 

Manage your cravings with this protein packed healthy treat. Nuts, especially lower carb ones are perfect for a snack. With only 14 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams, they are rich in healthy fats, and important nutrients like thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

How to roast pecans in the Air Fryer

This recipe is not for “candied” Air Fryer pecans, because I only use salt on them, so they are perfect for Keto and low carb lifestyle. If you’d like to, you can add extra spices like cinnamon, paprika, Cayenne pepper and also sugar to make them sweet. 

There is no need to use egg whites to coat the nuts and help the seasoning stick to them. With using a little oil, the salt sticks perfectly to the pecan halves.

Egg whites are generally used to help bind flavorings to the nuts and create a crunchy coating. When egg whites are used, nuts often stick together into crunchy clusters.

An air fryer basket with crunchy pecans


  • Raw pecan halves (If you happen to find quarters, which are often cheaper, these could be used as well)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt (Sea Salt or regular Iodized salt will work)
  • Optional seasoning like – paprika, Cayenne, cinnamon or sugar
An air fryer basket with pecans


In a bowl combine the pecans, oil and salt.

Turn the Air Fryer on and set to 300 F (150 C).

Add the nuts in a single layer (preferably) and cook for 14-17 minutes. Shake the Air Fryer basket every 5 minutes.

How to store Air Fryer Pecans

Store air fried pecans in an airtight container or zip lock bags at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. Pecans are non perishable and could be stored at room temperature, but you can put them in the fridge, if you’d like to.

No Air Fryer, no problem! Check this post out from Evolving Table How to toast pecans.

Recipes, where you can use roasted (Air Fried) pecans:

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A glass bowl with Air Fryer pecans
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Air Fryer Pecans

Simple to make, salty, crunchy and flavorful Air Fryer roasted pecans, made with just 3 ingredients
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or less to taste


  • In a bowl combine the pecans, oil and salt.
  • Turn the Air Fryer on and set to 300 F (150 C).
  • Add the nuts in a single layer (preferably) and cook for 14-17 minutes. Shake the Air Fryer basket every 5 minutes.
  • Take out of the Air Fryer and let them cool down completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.



Calories: 373kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 21g, Sodium: 291mg, Potassium: 203mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 28IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Hi! I'm Mira.

I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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  1. Thanks for sharing air fryer pecans recipe. This dish looks very delicious. I will surely try this recipe very soon.

  2. Should you boil the pecans before air frying them to make them softer? All of the fried pecan recipes call for boiling 1 minute and drain before frying them.