If you’re a keen gardener, you’ll want to make the most of all those delicious ingredients that grow in your garden – this roasted marrow seeds recipe is one of the best recipes when it comes to getting the best out of your ingredients.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- It’s really simple and only involves a few ingredients
- You can adapt the seasonings to your personal taste
- They make for a delicious healthy snack
Equipment needed to make this recipe
Before you begin this recipe, there are a few kitchen items you’ll need to hand:
How to make roasted marrow seeds
Step 1: Parboil the seeds
Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Place a lid on the saucepan to boil the water faster. Once you’ve got a rolling boil, add your scooped marrow seeds and boil them for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Remove the guts
Once they’ve boiled, remove all the guts from the seeds, then rinse them in a colander.
Step 3: Dry the seeds
Dab your seeds dry with a paper towel. The less moisture, the better they’ll roast. Once you’ve partially dried them, arrange the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Leave your seeds to dry completely. This should be at least overnight, but preferably for 24 hours.
Step 4: Season the seeds
Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F), then drizzle oil over your marrow seeds, while sprinkling them with a pinch of salt. (This is your opportunity to get creative with your seasonings, such as curry powder, peri peri, etc.)
Step 5: Bake the seeds
Bake the seeds in your preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until crisp and light golden brown. If your seeds are larger, you might need to roast them for up to 45 minutes.
Step 6: Cool down and eat!
Leave to cool slightly, then serve immediately. Enjoy!
Variations on this recipe
- If you’re not vegan, you can use butter instead of oil.
- For the seasonings, you can get really creative. Use one of the following spice mixes:
- Salt and pepper seasoning – a wonderfully earthy Asian fusion spice mixture that’s popular with takeaways up and down the UK
- Old Bay seasoning – the legendary US spice mix works with pretty much everything, including roasted marrow seeds
- Cajun seasoning – a delicious spice mixture with a pleasant kick
You could also use any number of Indian spice mixtures, like garam masala or standard curry powder.
This recipe relies heavily on what the state of the marrow seeds are in. The older, bigger and harder the exterior of the marrow is, the better the chances are that the seeds would have matured and hardened. If you open up your marrow and discover the seeds are soft, fret not, you can still make use of them. Check out my Sauteed Marrow Seeds recipe!
What kind of marrow seeds are the best to roast?
There are two states of a marrow seed. When they are younger, they are large, soft and pliable. This is when they are best suited for sautéing in butter. As they mature, they become harder and much more suitable for roasting.
What can you do with roasted marrow seeds?
They make for an amazing snack! Not only are they extremely tasty, but they’re good for you too.
How long does it take to roast marrow seeds?
It depends on the size. Usually, it only takes around 30 minutes to roast marrow seeds. However, if the seeds are on the larger size, it might take around 45 minutes.
How do you store roasted marrow seeds?
The roasted seeds will keep for a week in an airtight container.
Can you freeze roasted marrow seeds?
You can freeze them for up to a month but it may affect the crisp factor after thawing.
More marrow recipes
- Sautéed marrow seeds – the best recipe to use for younger marrow seeds
- Marrow chutney – a delicious chutney recipe that’s easy to make
- Roast marrow – the perfect side dish for your Sunday lunch
- Marrow soup – a wonderfully warming winter soup
You’ve used up the rest of the marrow and don’t know what do do with the seeds? Turn them into this tasty snack and make Roasted Marrow Seeds.
- 120g (1 cup) raw whole marrow seeds
- 15ml (1 tbsp) coconut or avocado oil
- 1g (¼ tsp) salt
- Boil the scooped seeds for 20 minutes in salted water.
- Remove all the guts from the seeds, then rinse under a running tap.
- Dab with a paper towel, then arrange the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Leave to dry overnight, but preferably 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F).
- Sprinkle the seeds with the oil and a pinch of salt. (This is your opportunity to get creative with your seasonings, such as curry powder, peri peri, etc.)
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until crisp and light golden brown. They may need roasting longer if they’re bigger in size.
- Leave to cool slightly, then serve immediately. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Snack
- Method: Roast
- Cuisine: American
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