Buttery, nutty, ooey gooey Pecan Pie is SO easy to make, and only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s a classic that is perfect all year!!
Not only is this homemade Pecan Pie a MUST at Thanksgiving dinner, it’s perfect year round! For more must-make pies try Banana Cream Pie and Crustless Pumpkin Pie.
Best Pecan Pie Recipe
Along with Chocolate Cream Pie and Butterfinger Pie, Pecan Pie is a favorite, and one we especially love to enjoy around the holidays.
We recently shared a recipe for Pumpkin Pie from a Luby’s cookbook that we have. This easy Pecan Pie comes from the same cookbook.
Because there are very few Luby’s Restaurants left, we thought you’d like this recipe, especially because it’s become a family favorite.
If you love the gooey corn syrup pecan mixture that is oh-so-popular this time of year, then you have to give this a try!
How to Make Pecan Pie
PREP. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pull out prepared store bought or homemade pie crust. Put the pie dough in a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
SYRUP. Whisk together sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a boil—be sure to stir constantly. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Then, mix in eggs until well blended.
BAKE. Place the pecans in the unbaked pie shell, and pour the pecan pie filling over pecans. Bake for 1 hour, and voila!
tips + variations
Pie pan. Bake in a 9-inch pie plate. I like to use glass because I can see the crust better to determine when it’s done, but ceramic is another favorite. If you use metal, be aware that the pie may cook faster than what is listed in the recipe.
The pecan pie is done when the center looks solid and does not shake. Insert a knife in the center, it should also come out clean. For good measure, use a cooking thermometer to make sure the internal temp is 200°F.
We suggest letting it cool on a wire cooling rack to finish setting, for at least another hour or two.
Toasted pecans. Use toasted pecans to help balance the sweetness of the pie.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the chopped nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Toast for 6-8 minutes until they turn a deep color and produce a delicious nutty aroma.
Incorporate chocolate. Sprinkle semi sweet chocolate chips in the pie shell, then add the nuts and sweet filling, and bake.
Season. Sprinkle it with sea salt before or after baking.
Toppings. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, scoop of ice cream, or drizzle of salted caramel.
STORE. Leave out for up to two hours, otherwise cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate. In the refrigerator, the pie can keep for 3-4 days.
FREEZE. Wrap tightly with foil or plastic wrap, or place in a Ziploc freezer bag, and eat within 2 months.
To COOK, thaw the pie overnight in the fridge, or reheat in a low oven for 20 minutes.
For more pecan recipes:
Pecan Pie Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 extra-large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell
- In a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil your sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Mix in eggs until well blended. Place pecans in pie shell. Pour sugar mixture over pecans.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
Adapted from Lubys cookbook
Hope this is good.. I always mess them up.
hey girl- this pie looks so yummy!
How much butter?
3 tablespoons. I fixed it in the recipe 🙂 Sorry, to have left that out. Enjoy!
A rich pie full of pecans. Easy to make and a great recipe for the holidays!
My dad loves pecans, he will love this recipe so much, thanks!
When i cooled the sugar/syrup to room temp it turned thick like carmel. I couldn’t mix in the eggs. I’m going to try another recipe that Doesn’t cook in a sauCe pan, instead Everything is mixed together and cooks in the Oven.
I am sorry it got too thick. It does thicken, but you should have been able to mix in the eggs. Thank you for giving it a try!
This just happened to me too. I swear I have made this pie before and it was the easiest recipe, but the sugar mixture turned completely solid. 🙁
I have learned to love pecan pie! I am more of a chocolate fan, but decided to branch out & this was very good! I liked the crust & the gooey-ness!
I love pecan pie!! It’s crunchy & gooey & so good! It’s a must at the holidays!
Pecan Pie is one of my Favorites! This recipe was super simple to follow. Turned out AMazing!
Im in charGe of pie at this years thanksgiving dinner. This recipe looks super easy and delicious. Thanks for posting.
I’m using large eggs. Should I use 4 l instead of 3 xl?
I have tried, but it should work 🙂
Do you use a deep dish pie crust
I did not. I haven’t tried, but you can definitely try.
This was my first attempt at making homemade pecan pie and it was so much easier than I thought and yummy to boot! It even impressed my mother in law!
I love how simple this recipe is AND it uses chopped pecans instead of halves. Can’t wait to make my pecan pie this year!
This pie was absolutely the best pecan pie I’ve ever made! Had company and they really enjoyed it and asked for recipe too!
Oh that makes me so happy to hear! So glad the pie was a hit!
Such a yummy treat for my family. Thank you!
Deep dish pie shell seems 2 work best
Do you put pecan halves on top before baking? The picture looks like you do.
My family asks for this every holiday season. It’s my favorite pecan pie recipe. I double the amount of pecans it calls for. Don’t overcook it on the stove or it will be too stiff to beat the eggs in. I’ve actually had to start over because of this.
I’m so happy to hear you love the pie!! Thanks for sharing your tip too!