Pumpkin seeds are known to be highly nutritious and flavorful. Also identified as Pepitas, these flat, dark-green seeds contain many healthy properties, being rich in essential minerals like phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. Pumpkin seeds can be added to sautéed vegetables or can be sprinkled on the top of green salads, to add to the taste. Many people even chop pepitas to add them to their favorite hot or cold cereal. It is amazing to know that ground pumpkin seeds can be added to even fast foods like burgers. You can get baked pumpkin seeds from food stores, but it’s also very easy to bake them at home. Read the article for some helpful recipes, on how to bake pumpkin seeds.
Baked Pumpkin Seed Recipes
- Fresh Pumpkin Seeds
- Vegetable Oil/Cooking Spray
- Kitchen Knife
- Baking Sheet
- Paper Towel
- Take a freshly carved pumpkin and separate the seeds from its stingy membrane. Rinse the seeds to clean them of any sticking membrane matter.
- Heat the oven to a temperature of 350 degrees F.
- Dry the seeds by placing them on a paper towel for a few minutes.
- Spray a butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray on a baking sheet, or brush it with a light coating of vegetable oil.
- Now, place the seeds on the baking sheet, in a single layer. Use the spray or oil to give them a light coating. Sprinkle salt over the seeds, if you want.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and cook the seeds for 10-20 minutes, or until light brown. Turn them once in between.
- Allow the seeds to cool before eating. Store the remaining baked seeds in an airtight container, for later use.
- 2 cups Salt
- Cookie or Baking Pan
- Bowl Lid or Tinfoil
- Non-stick Cooking Spray
- Separate the seeds from a freshly carved pumpkin and put them in a bowl.
- Fill the bowl with water and take off any of the sticking membrane by rinsing the seeds well. Drain out the water.
- Fill fresh water in the bowl of pumpkin seeds and add salt. Cover the bowl with a lid. Let the seeds soak water for a day.
- Preheat the oven to a temperature of 325 degrees F. Spray the cookie sheet with a non-stick cooking spray.
- Drain the water from the pumpkin seeds. Spread a layer of pumpkin seeds on the pan. Make sure that each pumpkin seed touches the pan. The seeds will not cook properly, if they overlap each other
- Sprinkle some salt over the pumpkin seeds and place them in the oven. Cook the seeds for a span of 15-20 minutes.
- Allow the seeds to cool down. Test the pumpkin seeds before baking another batch. The taste basically depends on individual preferences. Some people like less cooked pumpkin seeds, while others want them well-baked.