This Soy Sauce Pumpkin Seeds recipe was shared with me when I visited some friends in Gig Harbor, Washington. I wanted to roast a whole pumpkin for some recipes I was working on and Kristi shared this unique way of roasting pumpkin seeds that her mom always used. I loved it and learned to do it with her and she gave me the blessing to share it with you here.
The process is simple but the flavor is HUGE! I was so impressed. I love when the simplest ingredients provide the biggest impact.
Cleaning your pumpkin seeds
Scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin and place them in a bowl of water to help remove the membrane.
Press the seeds away from the pulp of the pumpkin and rinse them until they are clean.
Soak the cleaned pumpkin seeds in just enough soy sauce to cover them. Do this by simply placing them in a bowl and dousing them with soy. This will vary slightly by how big your pumpkin was, but I was cooking two small pie pumpkins and we used about ¾ cup of soy sauce.
You can let the seeds soak up to overnight, but at a minimum soak them for 30 minutes. Then toss them on a sheet pan, liquid and all, and roast at 350 for about 35-45 minutes.
Stir the seeds every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and to know when they are done. If they are still glossy, they arent done yet.
They are done when all the liquid has evaporated, leaving behind a crips seed and a dry coating of soy sauce.
You know they are done when all the seeds move freely on the pan and you don't see any visible shine on them. The roasted pumpkin seeds can be stored at room temperature in a covered dish for up to a week. If they get tacky at all, that's if they last that long, you can re-toast them for 5 minutes in the oven to bring the crunch back.
More Pumpkin Goodies
For more pumpkin goodness take a look at the pumpkin section of my blog. You will find recipes there like my delicious Pumpkin Chili, and my OUTSTANDING Pumpkin Spiced Iced Chai Latte, featuring my famous Pumpkin Milk. But dig deep and get my Perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe, it is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, and way better than pumpkin pie!
Thanks to my friend Kristi Thigpen of Gig Harbor, Washington for sharing this recipe with me and allowing me to post it here. Her mother Jayne created lasting impact on her that is being emulated to this day through Kristi. I can see that she had an adventurous spirit that focused on her family by the way Kristi lives today, and I cherish every moment of it that I can soak up.