Southern Pecan Pie Recipe

This Southern Pecan Pie Recipe is knock your socks off delicious! Filled with tons of crunchy pecans baked with a sweet filling, this beautiful pie will steal the show on your holiday dessert table.

Pecan Pie recipe in a white pie plate.

Hey all! Sam back from The Culinary Compass with this great Southern Pecan PieRecipe! It’s a staple for my Thanksgiving dessert and hopefully will be for you too!

My dad’s side of the family lives in Georgia and sends us a huge box of pecans every year around Thanksgiving. Every year, when I see the giant box on the front porch I know there’s one thing that I’m required to make and that’s a classic Southern Pecan Pie.


A whole pecan pie in a white pie plate.

As a kid, I was never too thrilled about pie mostly because it was usually fruit filled and not slathered in chocolate, but this pecan pie recipe changed the game for me. The brown sugar based filling was as good as candy!

Brown sugar is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with just because of the great sweet, molasses flavors that it brings. The same holds true for this pecan pie! It goes great with the nutty pecans with a touch of vanilla and salt in the filling.

This Pecan Pie recipe is really easy to whip up and bakes in just one hour. The second step may feel a little like candy making, which can be a daunting task, but I assure you it’s just a simple melting step that creates the base of the pie.

A slice of pecan pie on a white plate.

You only need a total of 7 ingredients to make Pecan Pie. A pinch of salt will finish it off.

  1. Prepared pie crust – This can be one that’s already pressed into a pie pan like this one, or one that comes prepared as a flat sheet that you roll out and form to your own pie plate.
  2. Butter
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Corn syrup
  5. Vanilla extract
  6. Eggs
  7. Pecans (of course)


You’ll start your pie base by melting butter and brown sugar on the stove. This doesn’t take long and should be done at a medium to medium-low heat so as not to burn the sugar. Corn syrup is added, and then eggs. Be careful not to add the eggs too quickly or you will cook them before they can be incorporated into the mixture.

Get your pie crust ready and sprinkle pecans to fill the bottom of the plate before pouring the brown sugar mixture in. You can move the pecans around until you are satisfied that it’s pretty enough for your dessert table.

Cover the pie with foil before baking, but you will want to remove the foil during the last 20 minutes. This is to ensure that the inside has plenty of time to bake through without burning the top.

The pie will harden as it sits and cools, until it’s creamy and crunchy and oh so tasty.

Two photos of pie crust with pecans.


My favorite way to serve pecan pie is absolutely heated up a little with some good ole vanilla ice cream because the ice cream begins to melt and gets all mixed up with the ooey gooey crunchy pie. There usually aren’t too many leftovers with this pie when my family gets a hold of it, but if there are for you, I’d recommend not heating it too long in a microwave or else the awesome gooey center just melts! It still tastes great with ice cream, but it loses all the structure of the pie.

This pecan pie recipe can be served chilled, at room temperature or warmed and with ice cream or whipped cream or just on it’s own. If refrigerated, let come to room temperature on the counter for 30 minutes before serving.


Unless you are planning on serving the pie within a couple hours of baking, refrigerate the pie until you are ready to serve. A refrigerated pecan pie will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

A slice of pecan pie topped with whipped cream.

Here are some more Thanksgiving desserts to try:

And how about some Thanksgiving Side Dishes?

Looking for more things to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner? Try out my Roasted Acorn Squash with Sausage, Fennel, and Mushrooms! If you’re looking for an adult only dessert, try these White Chocolate Pumpkin Martinis!

Southern Pecan Pie Recipe with a slice in a pie dish.

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A piece of Pecan pie with whipped cream

Southern Pecan Pie

This classic Pecan Pie Recipe is knock your socks off delicious! Filled with tons of crunchy pecans baked with a sweet filling, this beautiful pie will steal the show on your holiday dessert table.
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 pie


  • Prepared pie crust
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add in brown sugar and stir until melted. Stir in corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in brown sugar mixture until incorporated.
  • Place prepared pie crust into a pie dish. Sprinkle in pecans evenly around the bottom of the dish. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the pecans. Move pecans around if any spots look empty.
  • Place aluminum foil over the pie and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 20 minutes. Watch the pie the last 10 minutes to ensure that the edges and top doesn't burn.
  • Let sit for an hour to harden. Serve and enjoy!

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This Southern Pecan Pie is a classic recipe for Thanksgiving dessert!

This Southern Pecan Pie is a classic recipe for Thanksgiving dessert! This Southern Pecan Pie is a classic recipe for Thanksgiving dessert!

This Southern Pecan Pie is a classic recipe for Thanksgiving dessert!

This Southern Pecan Pie is a classic recipe for Thanksgiving dessert!




Sam is the blogger behind The Culinary Compass where she loves to try new dishes and ingredients from around the world. She hopes to bring experiences of new cultures to her readers without having to leave their home!

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  1. HI, in order to make this ahead of time, do I bake it as usual and then refrigerate until ready? How do I reheat it when I am ready to serve?

    1. Hi Jill, You can make this pie a day in advance, let it cool completely, then cover and store on the counter. You can also freeze it, wrapped tightly and thaw it in the fridge. Serve at room temperature.

  2. I just made this recipe, Actually it just came out of the oven. Was reading comments (after making the pie) and noticed you are to loosely pack the brown sugar. I packed the brown sugar. Is that going to make a difference to the out come and taste to the pie?

  3. So sad it was soo pretty but my filling is still gooey and liquify and never formed up! Should I bake it longer?? I also used chopped pecans not sure if the hurt or helped the recipe.

    1. The chopped pecans shouldn’t matter. Not actually seeing it, I’m assuming it would have needed to bake longer. So sorry it didn’t turn out for you!

  4. Hi there, This recipe was easy to bake but I only left it in the oven for 50 minutes. The crust was dark and the pie appeared to be done. Hopefully I didn’t pull it out too soon. I have a tendency to leave food in too long as I’m not used to this oven. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.