How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds
Don't throw away those seeds!
Pumpkin seeds taste great, plus they are really good for you. You can add these yummy seeds to salads, or keep them handy for a healthy snack.
These are two great methods for cooking pumpkin seeds. These methods are both easy and quick. Enjoy!
Did you know that pumpkin seeds are high in fiber?
The first thing you want to do is wash the seeds well. Put them in a strainer, then rinse under running water. Make sure you remove all of the pumpkin strings. Once the seeds are clean, blot them dry.
After drying the seeds, you will want to season them. Sprinkle them with the herbs of your choice, salt, and/or pepper. You can experiment with the flavors you like.
- Ever tried them with cinnamon?
- Or an Italian Herb mixture?
- Or, maybe, a bit of cayenne powder?
- Or pumpkin pie spice?
Method #2: Stovetop
Heat 2 tbs. butter in a skillet. Add 2 cups of seeds, tossing to coat them in the butter.
Add the seasonings. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring, until the seeds are crips. Cool on paper towels before eating.
Method #1: Oven
Preheat oven to 250º.
Toss seeds with a bit of oil, enough to coat them. Sprinkle on seasonings, toss everything together.
Spread seeds on a baking sheet until crispy, about 40-60 minutes.
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How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds, Step by Step
- Cut the pumpkin in half.
- Scoop out the seeds. Using a spoon will help cut the strands away, but don't be afraid to get your fingers dirty.
- Try to pull out the larger pieces of pulp from your collection of seeds.
- Place the seeds in a colander.
- Rinse well, then blot dry.
- Mix with oil and desired spices.
- Spread out on a baking sheet.
- Enjoy the yummy, healthy seeds.
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