Chinese Five-Spice Pecans

Photo: Sang An
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
5 cups

Chinese five-spice powder typically combines cinnamon, star anise, anise seeds, ginger, and cloves. The combination gives the pecans a sweet, bitter, salty, and pungent flavor that's great.


  • 1 large egg white

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • cup packed dark-brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • Coarse salt

  • 4 ¾ cups pecans (1 ¼ pounds)


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Whisk egg white in a large bowl until foamy, about 30 seconds. Whisk in sugars, soy sauce, five-spice powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add pecans, and toss to coat using a rubber spatula.

  2. Transfer pecan mixture to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and spread into a single layer using rubber spatula. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes.

  3. Transfer sheet to a wire rack, and let stand until cool and hardened, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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