Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans

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You’re gonna love this madly addictive gourmet treat: Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans! Perfectly Sweet-Spicy-Salty Maple Sriracha Pecans with a little kick. Makes great homemade Christmas gifts if you manage to not eat them all. 😉

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The spicy, sweet, savory, nutty pecan with a delicious bite. Oh~ the explosion of flavors, the crisp-bite texture. These Firecracker Candied Pecans are ultimate finger food satisfaction that’ll have you dive instantly for a second handful. ohhh yaasssss!!

Seriously. I’m warning you. You wouldn’t be able to stop at one.

Last Christmas, one of our International students (who knew we’re crazy foodies..hehe~) gave us a bag of handcrafted Maple Sriracha Pecans from a local vendor.

Jacky & I literally popped the whole bag within minutes! And there’s No . Turning . Back .

We knew we had to recreate this madly addictive gourmet treat with our Instant Pot to share with you!! 😀

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Instant Pot is a one pot wonder that is so much more than just an electric pressure cooker. One of its awesome features is that you can saute straight in the Instant Pot.

This Saute function is great especially for users living in dorm rooms, RV, boats, on the road, traveling, or camping. Or those who simply don’t want to dirty many pots and pans.

And this Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans Recipe highlights this Saute function beautifully. But you can also easily make this on the stovetop if you wish. 🙂

Have fun & enjoy these addictively delicious Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans!

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Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans

You're gonna love this madly addictive gourmet treat: Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans! Perfectly Sweet-Spicy-Salty Maple Sriracha Pecans with a little kick. Makes great homemade Christmas gifts if you managed to not eat them all. 😉
4.97 from 29 votes
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Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (220g, roughly ½ lb) pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt

Maple Sriracha Sauce

  • ¼ cup (63ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) sriracha

Instructions

  • Make Maple Sriracha Sauce: Mix ¼ cup (63ml) maple syrup and 1 tbsp (15g) sriracha together.
  • Heat up Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Add in 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter and let it briefly melt.
  • Make Firecracker Candied Pecans: Add in all maple sriracha sauce and give it a quick mix. Once the mixture starts to bubble, add in 2 cups (220g) pecan halves and ¼ tsp fine salt. Stir and coat pecans well with maple sriracha sauce. Taste & adjust seasoning accordingly. Let the pecans caramelize in the mixture for roughly 3 - 4 minutes. 
    *Pro Tip: pecans are done when you see the maple sriracha mixture darken.
  • Serve Firecracker Candied Pecans: The pecans will stick together once they are chilled. So, spread them apart and let them cool completely in a single layer on a parchment paper in a tray. Get ready to be madly addicted to these firecracker candied pecans! Dive in & enjoy!~ 🙂
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Note: You can also easily make these Firecracker Candied Pecans on the stove top if you wish.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: candied pecans, instant pot appetizers, instant pot holiday gifts, instant pot party recipes, instant pot pecans, instant pot recipes, instant pot snacks, maple sriracha pecan, pressure cooker snacks, spiced maple pecans, spiced nuts, spiced pecans
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Step-by-Step Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans Cooking Guide

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Super simple ingredients for this Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans recipe 🙂

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1

Make Maple Sriracha Sauce


Mix ¼ cup (63ml) maple syrup and 1 tbsp (15g) sriracha together.

Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans | Glazed Pecans | Spiced Pecans Recipe: How to make maple sriracha sauce

2

Heat up Instant Pot


Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté function.

How to use Instant Pot Saute Function

Wait until it says HOT (takes roughly 8 minutes).

Add in 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter and let it briefly melt.

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3

Make Firecracker Candied Pecans


Add in all the maple sriracha sauce and give it a quick mix.

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Once the mixture starts to bubble, add in 2 cups (220g) pecan halves and ¼ tsp fine salt.

Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans | Glazed Pecans | Spiced Pecans Recipe: add pecans in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Stir and coat pecan halves well with maple sriracha mixture. As usual, taste & adjust seasoning accordingly. 🙂

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Let the pecans caramelize in the maple sriracha sauce for roughly 3 – 4 minutes.

The pecans are done when you see the maple sriracha sauce darken.

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4

Serve Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans


The pecans will stick together once they are chilled. So, spread them apart and let them cool completely in a single layer on a parchment paper in a tray.

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  1. These were a big hit! I added twice the amount of sriracha sauce and the spice level was great. This recipe will be a standard for parties.

  2. I used 2 Tablespoons sriracha sauce. Boiled it down some then added nuts. Stirred over low heat until sauce was coating nuts, no loose sauce.

  3. I am new to the instapot. Questioning how using an instapot for this recipe would be different than using a sauté pan on the stovetop. Would I get the same results in a stovetop sauté pan?

    1. Hi Aimee,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      Hehe, not much different for this recipe. Both ways will work about the same.

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi JC,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      The flavor profile will be different, but it should taste fine!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Melinda,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    1. Hi Marcia,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Hehe I agree!!! Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  4. This recipe was really good and the kids enjoyed helping. I bought some cute glass jars and printed the Christmas gift tags. I have received a lot of compliments on how good the pecans were.

  5. I have plenty of salted butter left over from Christmas. Can I use salted butter and leave out the salt or would I still add some salt?

    1. Thank you! I went ahead and made them using the salted butter without adding the additional salt. They were awesome and a hit at our New Year”s Eve party.

  6. These are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I cut back on the spice just a bit because some of my family is sensitive to hear. I’m not a big fan of maple syrup, but these are phenomenal!

  7. I’m sooo excited to try these! I KNOW they are going to be amazing! But I planned on giving some as gifts to family members who are vegan, can you recommend what would be the best substitute …coconut oil or vegan margarine?

    1. Hi Julie,

      Merry Christmas and thank you for your kind words & question 🙂

      I love coconut so coconut oil will be my go-to.

      Please take care & have a wonderful Christmas Holiday!
      Jacky

  8. I didn’t roast the pecans before making them and I found the finished texture to be too soft and the nut had no crunch, but the flavor was great. So I put the finished product on some parchment on a sheet tray and under the broiler for a few minutes on each side. The maple sugar and butter did an amazing magical glaze trick while toasting under the broiler and the finished taste was off the charts good. It’s an option worth trying if you want pecans that are a nutty, sweet, crunchy, buttery, spicy, salted explosion of deliciousness. We cannot stop eating them. They are sooo good!

  9. Just made a batch of Almonds Maple Siracha. I’m an Almond guy. Love them. Had to test it out before I make more for gifts. Thanks, you are the the best IP site. I tell all my IP friends to start here with you. ??

  10. Made these as presents for my coworkers and wow, these pecans are amazing! I could barely stop myself from eating it all. I roasted them at 350 degrees for 8 minutes prior to putting them in the instant pot. I left it out to dry overnight but they were still quite sticky so I stuck them back into the oven at 350 for 8 minutes and the pecans came out perfect. Crunchy and no longer sticky!

  11. Oh my goodness!!! These are so so delicious 🙂
    I am so happy I decided to give these a try. I did also try it with almonds but I should of known not to try something different than what you have posted as everything I have tried and cook turns out wonderful. Thank you and keep up the amazing work
    Natalie

  12. Am going to make these tomorrow. I note that some people say they are not crunchy, and yor reply was use roasted pecans. Is it your recommendation to roast the pecans first before adding to the maple syrup and srirracha???

    1. Hi Jean,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      I like them both ways.

      If you prefer a super crunchy texture, it is best to place them in oven after adding the maple syrup and srirracha.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  13. I have raw pecans.. will it be really different?
    How would i adjust the recipe to roast then “flavor” them?
    can you give me a couple of tips on roasting pecans

  14. These were amazing. I first made them in the Instant Pot and then took them out they were still sticky so I put them back in a 400 degree oven for 8 minutes and now they are fantastic.

  15. Can I use walnut for this?I did a dumb move all the while I was thinking I needed walnut when I went to the store to get what i needed.

  16. Made this for stocking stuffers for my family coming into town. They turned out really tasty!! I ended up baking the pecans to really set the caramel. Even after a day of sitting out, they remained sticky and never hardened. This might be because I doubled the recipe and the ratio of syrup/sriracha/butter to pecans was not quite right. However, after baking for about 8 mins at 350 the next day, they were perfect!!

    1. Hi Leah,

      thank you for your kind words 🙂

      I am thinking my home is cooler than most people as I usually leave the heat off.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. Love the flavor and simplicity! You describe them as having “crisp-bite” texture. One really didn’t come out crispy. Any suggestions?

  18. Hi! I made the Firecracker candied pecans yesterday. Is the candied part around the pecan meant to be crunchy? I think I may have just not cooked them long enough. They are kind of sticky. They are tasty, tho!

  19. I just made a batch using raw pecans. It’s not as crunchy as I expected, but the flavor is really, really good! Next time I’ll probably try roasted pecans for a crunchier texture. This is a great recipe. Thank you Amy & Jacky!

  20. Hi! I made the Firecracker candied pecans yesterday. Is the candied part around the pecan meant to be crunchy? I think I may have just not cooked them long enough. They are kind of sticky. They are tasty, tho!

    1. Hi Laurette,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can use your husband favorite’s hot sauce. Please taste and adjust accordingly.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  21. I made these on the stove. The taste is awesome, but they are not drying. I stirred them and when the sauce darkened 3 minutes later I dumped them on parchment and spread them out. Maybe I didn’t cook them long enough. Are they supposed to be gooey? Maybe it’s because I used pancake syrup?

    1. Hi Michele,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      They are not supposed to be gooey. There shouldn’t be a lot of leftover sauce.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  22. OMG – You are truly an evil genius! Now I will have gained 5 more pounds before the holiday season is over 🙂 I didn’t have red Sriracha sauce so I used the green I had on hand, which worked fine but is probably a bit milder. These are SO good that I ate half the recipe before they were totally cooled off. My husband ate the other half, so now I have to make more!!! Addicting is right. Thanks for a great recipe!

  23. Made half the recipe in a heavy, non-stick skillet (thank you for the tip!) I like things spicy so I added more sriracha. After tasting, I adjusted salt – added more during cooking and also lightly sprinkled on the cooling pecans. This is the easiest candied pecan recipe ever!! Thank you for what seems like a fool-proof recipe. Can’t wait to give some out during the holidays! (Love your blog and recipes!)

    1. Hi Charmian,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      I don’t see why not. Please feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  24. Is table salt ok? Wasn’t sure if the recipe was just indicating not to use coarse salt, or if a specific fine salt is required.

  25. I just tried this with almonds, I had just smoked 3 lbs for a friend and thought why not! OMG!!! The combination of the smoke flavor and this takes it over the top! You did not mention if the pecans are roasted or raw? Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Lori 🙂

      Happy to hear you enjoyed the flavor with almonds!

      Raw or roasted will work fine with the recipe 🙂
      The texture will be different and it’s a personal preference kind of thing.

      Please take care & have an awesome Sunday!
      Jacky

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