If pumpkin seeds are properly toasted they are wonderfully crunchy to eat, boiling the seeds in the stated amounts of water will create the best crunchy pumpkin seeds --- you will use 2 cups water to every 1/2 cup seeds and about 2 teaspoons of salt to every 2 cups water --- yield is only estimated it will depend on how much seeds you get from one medium pumpkin.
- Set oven to 400 degrees.
- Set oven rack to middle position.
- Cut open the pumpkin.
- Use a strong metal spoon to scoop out the insides of the pumpkin.
- Separate the seeds from the stringy core.
- Rinse the seeds under cold water.
- In a small saucepan add in the seeds to the water and salt (the amount of water and salt you will need is listed in the heading) bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes (set timer to for this, and start timer when water is at a full boil).
- Remove from heat and drain well.
- Place on a paper towel and pat the seeds fairly dry (they do not have to be completely dry!).
- Brush about 1 tablespoon olive oil in the bottom of a cookie/baking sheet.
- Spread out the seeds onto the cookie/baking sheet in one layer.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the seeds begin to brown.
- When the seeds are browned to your liking then remove from oven and let the pan cool on a rack.
- Sprinkle with salt if desired.
- Either crack open to remove the inner seed or eat whole.
I am snacking on this wonderful treat right now, fresh out of the oven! Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly (except for using vegetable oil, since i was out of olive oil ) and they turned out perfectly! My pumpkin yielded about 2 cups of seeds, so I used 4 cups of water and 4 teaspoons of salt. I cooked them in my toaster oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and it was the perfect amount of time. Would recommend this to anyone! Thanks for the recipe Kittencalskitchen! YUM!
These are delicious. A sweet pumpkin yielded 1/2 a cup seeds in all. I am giving this 4 stars rather than 5 because both times I have tried this recipe the seeds burnt slightly at about half the amount of time. I did dry mine very well. I feel 400F is too high. Maybe my oven runs higher..?!! The olive oil was giving off a burning smell. I used a good quality unrefined extra virgin olive oil (maybe because it was virgin, I think that is what I used both times, but previously using a refined version!) I sprinkled on a little sea salt. DD (toddler) loves them, she likes all kinds of seeds a lot. I will try this again at a lower temperature or with way more seeds.
I made these tonight after carving our pumpkins. I have never boiled the pumpkin seeds before toasting them until now. They turned out crunchy and very tasty. I used half the salt when I boiled the seeds (trying to reduce sodium) and added some chili seasoning for flavour when I toasted them. I also used my stone bakesheet when I toasted them. I'm not sure if that made them any crispier than a cookie sheet would, though.