Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds – Are you excited to indulge in the crunch of Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds? This delicious snack captures the essence of fall with its harvested pumpkin seeds, melted butter, and a touch of salt.
I still remember the first time I made these after an evening of pumpkin carving during a cool autumn night. My kitchen was filled with orange hues and intricate carving designs. I must admit I was skeptical, about whether the air fryer could work its magic on these seeds. Guess what? They turned out to be a hit! My husband couldn’t resist munching on them and even my little one gave their grin of approval. Now they’ve become our go-to snack every fall.
What makes this Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds truly special?
Not only do these Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds take 25 minutes to make making them a quick and convenient treat but they also provide options for either rich flavor with butter or a nutty essence, with olive oil. And let’s not forget about their health benefits; pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrients. Using the air fryer method preserves all that goodness while giving you that desired crunch.
What You Need To Make This Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds Recipe?
Pumpkin Seeds: These little glories are not only the lead ingredient of this recipe. They also pack a punch of nutrients! Make sure to go for freshly harvested seeds to seize that essence of autumn.
Butter vs. Olive Oil: It’s like having to choose between two dance partners. Butter gracefully waltzes in with its creamy notes while olive oil takes on a slightly nuttier rhythm with its tango. Choose the one that fits your mood or even dare to blend them for a duet!
Seasoned Salt: Our salt is no salt; it’s Lawry’s seasoned salt, a blend that adds depth and character. But remember, it’s not about seasoning—it’s, about personalizing. Crave a salty kick? Go out! Prefer a whisper of saltiness? Adjust to your heart’s desire.
Steps To Make Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds:
Step 1: Start by giving those pumpkin seeds a good bath, removing them from the pumpkin’s embrace, and washing off any stubborn pumpkin bits. Fire up your air fryer, preheating it to a cozy 360 degrees for about 4 minutes.
Step 2: Spread the seeds onto paper towels, gently pressing them down. Think of it as tucking them in for a quick nap, ensuring they’re nice and dry.
Step 3: Now, for the fun part: melt that glorious butter and let it cascade into a bowl with the seeds. If you’re in the olive oil camp, go for it! Dust the seasoned salt over them and give everything a good mix. It should look like they’re having a buttery-salty party!
Step 4: Into the air fryer they go! Add a sprinkle of more of the seasoned salt, just for good measure. Secure the lid or close that drawer and let them fry for a total of 10 minutes. But here’s a trick: give the basket a little shake midway, at the 5-minute mark. It’s like reminding them to dance in there.
Step 5: Once done, check if they need a tad more salt to satisfy your taste buds, and there you have it. Dive in and let the crunchiness take over!
For an extra layer of flavor, try roasting the cleaned pumpkin seeds in a skillet for 2-3 minutes before air frying. This pre-roasting deepens their nutty flavor and ensures an even crispier end result when they dance in the air fryer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I don’t have Lawry’s seasoned salt?
No worries! You can substitute it with your favorite seasoning mix or even create a simple one with table salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Can I make a sweet version of these pumpkin seeds?
Absolutely! Instead of seasoned salt, try sprinkling a mix of cinnamon and sugar. It will give you a delightful sweet treat with the same crispy texture.
How do I ensure the seeds don’t clump together while air frying?
The key is to ensure the seeds are thoroughly dried after washing and to give them a good shake midway during the frying process. This keeps them separate and ensures even cooking.
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