Mom Knows Best : An Easy Way To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

An Easy Way To Roast Pumpkin Seeds


    I love carving pumpkins with my boys as it means I get lots of yummy pumpkin seeds to eat. I have a simple recipe to toast those seeds.  I toast my pumpkin seeds on the stovetop instead of the oven. The seeds only take 5 minutes to toast and are so crispy and easy to chew. So carve your pumpkin and save those seeds.  After scooping out the goop and seeds from the pumpkin, all you have to do is remove the big pieces of goop from the seeds. Then wash the seeds and drain them. There is no need to soak the seeds or thoroughly dry them like the oven method requires. Don't worry if a little orange goop remains on the seeds, it will cook off.





  Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add 2 teaspoons oil. Place the washed pumpkin seeds into the pan and add some salt. Stir the seeds with a spatula for about 5 minutes or until toasted.  They are toasted when they are lightly brown. Taste one to see if they are crunchy.


   I love the pan toasted method as it is so easy and quick. I love not having to turn on the oven either. If you want a sweeter pumpkin seed, add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon instead of the salt while you are toasting them in the pan. You can add the salt also to make a sweet and salty seed version of pumpkin seeds.

Stovetop Pumpkin Seeds

2 tablespoons oil
Pumpkin seeds
salt

Instructions: 
Scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin. Then remove large pieces of the orange goop. Wash the seeds and remove any large stringy pumpkin pieces. Place the pumpkin seeds in a strainer to remove excess water. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the seeds and salt to taste. Stir the seeds in the pan for about 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Taste one to see if they are to your desired crunch. Remove from heat and enjoy.


25 comments:

  1. I wish we would have done this with the pumpkin that we carved last night! Growing up, I remember it being a hassle to toast the seeds...we have one more pumpkin and I will try this! I love the idea of using cinnamon.

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  2. Oh yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this-I have always wanted to do this!

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  3. This used to be something we did every year - memories!!

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  4. Thanks for the tip on cooking pumpkin seeds. I may have to make some sweet and salty ones here in just a few with my kids. I'm trying to hold out until my husband gets home to do it, but I may not have that option because it's getting later and later.

    We got wrapped up in doing other things that we didn't get to it yesterday.

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  5. We like to use garlic salt fo a little extra flavor!

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  6. Oh man that sounds so much better than baking them, I have a pumpkin we didn't carve and I think I'm going to do this instead - thanks for sharing!

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  7. Ooooh, this looks delicious. I love pumpkin seeds and roasting them always brings out so much flavor! I would love to try this method for sure.

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  8. My mom and sister used to do this every year after we carved our pumpkins and they are delicious. I can't believe I forgot about that! I'm such a slacker. I can't believe I have never done this with my kids. Thank you so much for the awesome reminder! :)

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  9. Roast pumpkin seeds are delicious! I used to put garlic, salt and pepper and it was awesome.

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  10. Mm, I need to do this. I haven't had roasted seeds in forever.

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  11. Such a great way to "roast" pumpkin seeds! I'll have to try this with the kids. (Posting for Jay Simms)

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  12. This is easy to make and good advice. I have never tried roasted pumpkin seeds.

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  13. I never thought to do it this way, but it does seem easy. I'm craving pumpkin seeds now!

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  14. Wow. This is a must-try for me. I love pumpkin seeds!

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  15. We love pumpkin seeds!!! We are making some this weekend when we carve pumpkins, I love making them this time of year.

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  16. Your timing couldn't be more perfect! I have seeds and I just needed a recipe!!

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  17. These look delicious! Now I want pumpkin seeds LOL

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  18. I love roasted pumpkin seeds. Such a healthy snack, too!

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  19. Yum! I love pumpkin seeds! I haven't made them on the stove top, but I think I should try it!

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  20. I love pumpkin seeds. I just baked some the other day. I've never tried them in a pan before.

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  21. We are making seeds today. I've never done it on top of the stove. I will have to give this a whirl!

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  22. Oh that's a new way for me! I usually roast them in the oven. I have two pumpkin so we are going to try this!

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  23. Rosted pumpkin seeds on a salad with almonds is so good! You should try it!!

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  24. There's nothing like munching on freshly roasted pumpkin seeds in Autumn. I am so delighted that you shared these healthy and delicious roasted pumpkin seeds with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I'm Pinning and sharing this!

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  25. I was away for Halloween and my daughter didn't get to make roasted seeds. We have one pumpkin that wasn't carved ...got to do this tonight.

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