Instant Pot Homemade Food Gifts (Christmas Edible Gifts): Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans Recipe

Instant Pot Firecracker Candied Pecans

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

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. ;)
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
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5


  • 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


  • 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.

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