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How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds

Updated on March 27, 2011
Baked Pumpkin Seeds
Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Don't throw away those seeds!

Pumpkin seeds taste great, plus they are really good for you. You can add these yummy seeds to salads, or keep them handy for a healthy snack.

These are two great methods for cooking pumpkin seeds. These methods are both easy and quick. Enjoy!

Did you know that pumpkin seeds are high in fiber?

The first thing you want to do is wash the seeds well. Put them in a strainer, then rinse under running water. Make sure you remove all of the pumpkin strings. Once the seeds are clean, blot them dry.

After drying the seeds, you will want to season them. Sprinkle them with the herbs of your choice, salt, and/or pepper. You can experiment with the flavors you like.

  • Ever tried them with cinnamon?
  • Or an Italian Herb mixture?
  • Or, maybe, a bit of cayenne powder?
  • Or pumpkin pie spice?

Method #2: Stovetop

Heat 2 tbs. butter in a skillet. Add 2 cups of seeds, tossing to coat them in the butter.

Add the seasonings. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring, until the seeds are crips. Cool on paper towels before eating.

Method #1: Oven

Preheat oven to 250º.

Toss seeds with a bit of oil, enough to coat them. Sprinkle on seasonings, toss everything together.

Spread seeds on a baking sheet until crispy, about 40-60 minutes.

Baked Pumpkin Seeds: Photos Step by Step

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Cut the pumpkin in half.Scoop out the seeds.  Using a spoon will help cut the strands away, but don't be afraid to get your fingers dirty.Try to pull out the larger pieces of pulp from your collection of seeds.Place the seeds in a colander.Rinse well, then blot dry.Mix with oil and desired spices.Spread out on a baking sheet.Enjoy the yummy, healthy seeds.Pick your pumpkin!
Cut the pumpkin in half.
Cut the pumpkin in half.
Scoop out the seeds.  Using a spoon will help cut the strands away, but don't be afraid to get your fingers dirty.
Scoop out the seeds. Using a spoon will help cut the strands away, but don't be afraid to get your fingers dirty.
Try to pull out the larger pieces of pulp from your collection of seeds.
Try to pull out the larger pieces of pulp from your collection of seeds.
Place the seeds in a colander.
Place the seeds in a colander.
Rinse well, then blot dry.
Rinse well, then blot dry.
Mix with oil and desired spices.
Mix with oil and desired spices.
Spread out on a baking sheet.
Spread out on a baking sheet.
Enjoy the yummy, healthy seeds.
Enjoy the yummy, healthy seeds.
Pick your pumpkin!
Pick your pumpkin!

How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds, Step by Step

  1. Cut the pumpkin in half.
  2. Scoop out the seeds. Using a spoon will help cut the strands away, but don't be afraid to get your fingers dirty.
  3. Try to pull out the larger pieces of pulp from your collection of seeds.
  4. Place the seeds in a colander.
  5. Rinse well, then blot dry.
  6. Mix with oil and desired spices.
  7. Spread out on a baking sheet.
  8. Enjoy the yummy, healthy seeds.

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      5 years ago

      I love your simple, easy to follow article

      I messed up on the baking part, as I preheated my oven to 250 degrees CELSIUS

      I see my error now after they are black after 10 minutes.

      Would be helpful to add the F and C temp to the baking directions :-)

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      8 years ago

      Some say put on a sheet and let dry over night before cooking, so don't. What is correct?

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      8 years ago

      I love them so much

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      9 years ago

      we have made made pumpkin seeds since i could remember we always salt them and soak them in really salty water well me im thirteen now but yea

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      Ryan Clinton 

      9 years ago from

      Oooh ya baby I miss those pumpkin seeds - brings back my childhood - health benefits are nice as well. Booo

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      Annalea P 

      9 years ago

      yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa sooooooooooooo ggggggggoooooooddddddddddd

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      scaffolding tower 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Glad I found this hub. I've read that pumpkin seeds are high in fiber but had no idea how to enjoy them, apart from buying them in plastic bags from the grocery stores.

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      10 years ago

      its ure choice u pick which way to eat them i personally like them whole but sometimes are hard to swallow haha

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      10 years ago do you eat them like a sunflower seed (throwing out the outer shell) or do you eat them whole?

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      10 years ago

      MMMMM, so good! This is my favorite time of the year beacause I can roast my own pumpkin seeds. They are so expensive when store bought. After Halloween is a great time to scoop up pumpkins on the cheap at local markets!

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      10 years ago

      ya they rock! thanks to ure site my mom isn't mad at me anymore haha im 13 and she wus pissed cuz....i have no clue but i made these the way u said to and she loved them and now im off the hook ;) haha thanks again!

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      10 years ago

      can you use Cinamin as a spice?

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      10 years ago

      i love them so much!!!!

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      10 years ago

      ive never tasted them

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      10 years ago

      tastes great

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      10 years ago

      I LOVE IT

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      10 years ago

      OMG... i soooo love pumpkin seed's , they complete my life , haha not rele but they are sooooooo yummy! tomhas-the-choo-choo-train37 ... PEACE OUT!~!~!~!~ TEHEHEHEHEHE!

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      10 years ago

      oh my gosh i made them and they were awsome. the kids loveed them :)

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      10 years ago

      I add garlic powder and cin. it sounds gross, but its truly amazing. I've made pumpkin seeds every time I get a pumpkin, so every year. :]

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      10 years ago

      Try spreading a bit of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning on them. I'm just finishing off my first batch of the year.

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      11 years ago

      I bought some pumpkin seeds from a local grocery packaged in ziplock bags. There is a green flaky and gritty substance in the bag. These are fresh and not yet roasted and taste and smell ok. Is the gritty substance a problem?

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I cook them a on a bit higher temperature and quicker. I LOVE pumpkin seeds. Roasting the seeds after carving jack'o'lanterns became one of the first traditions I could claim with my step kids. My head really swelled the first time my husband's ex called and actually asked to speak to me...she wanted to know how to fix the pumpkin seeds for her son :-)

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      11 years ago from gillette wy

      i tried to do this. My problem was, i didn't know what tempture to bake them at, or how long to bake them. they finally ended up in the garbage, what a waste. wish i would have found your hubpage sooner. by the way. my Dad told us boys that eating these seeds would put lead in our pencils, how funny

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      11 years ago from USA

      Cooking pumpkin seeds is one of my favorite parts of Halloween :)

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      11 years ago

      hey nice

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      11 years ago


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      11 years ago

      I tried the stove top reciep with chilli pepper seeds and oragano. Result a yummy italian taste. Delicious

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      11 years ago

      mi hert iz pounding

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      12 years ago

      All the info I was looking for and more. Thanks!

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      12 years ago

      thank you soooo much this will help sooo much.. my dada used to make them when my parents were together,but now i can goo in his footsteps of making pumpkin seed this will help a lot thatnkyou soo much..HAPPY HOLLOWEEN!!!!!!!!

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      12 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Stacies, great Hub, nice photo illustrations, well done.

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      12 years ago

      I love this recipie for stovetop it is amazing quick and fun thanks.

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      12 years ago

      I love pumpkin seeds when they have butter and garlic on them!

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      12 years ago

      Yum! Pumpkins seeds are great! This is the first halloween we tried to cook them and it turned out wonderful!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      12 years ago from Seattle

      Add as much as you like. You'll see when you do it. It really comes down to preference.

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      12 years ago

      hey thanks its' sounds wonderful. but i don't know how much seasoning to add. guess i'll have to experiment!!! but i've only got 1 pumpkin!!!

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      12 years ago from Sault Ste. Marie

      Love them! Yum Yum!

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      12 years ago from Godforsaken, Iowa

      I don't think you'd want to eat the seeds raw, though. I've had them baked and absolutely love them. Plan to do it this year, too.. Oh how I love the Halloween season! :-D

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      12 years ago

      yes pumpkin seeds are great. plenty of omega 3. just wondering if roasting or heating them would destroy the goodness in it.

      thanks for th great hub..

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      12 years ago

      Heyy we this is me i am not aloud to put my real name on public websites so my name right now is me. ummmmm well i have never tried pumpkin seeds yet but my dad said that if find how to cook them then wee will eat them so now i am going to eat them because i found out how to make them!!!


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