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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Updated on August 19, 2012

How to Make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I love pumpkins. I like roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin lattes, etc, etc. Here's my tribute to Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and all of the different ways you can make them yummy. If you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share with the 'world', please feel free to add it to the guest book.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The reward of gardening is enjoying the fruits and vegetables of your labor. You may be overlooking a delicious and nutritious crop that right under your hoe - roast pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkins have been a popular part of vegetable gardens for centuries. The word comes from the Greek word "pompon," which means large melon. Native Americans ate roasted pumpkin and wove dried strips into mats. Today, we include pumpkins in our vegetable gardening mainly for their decorating and pie value. We often throw the seeds away.

Next time you carve a jack-'o-lantern or cook a pumpkin for pie filling, save those seeds. They make nutty-flavored snacks that are a good source of protein, fiber, iron and phosphorous.

Below is an easy, fun recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds. The whole family will enjoy making and eating this new treat from the garden. Some people like to wash the seeds before roasting. Others leave any pumpkin particles for added flavor and nutrition.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 8-10 Minutes

Total Time: 40-50 Minutes

Serves: Varies


  • 2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 Quart Water
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Melted Butter or Vegetable Oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
  2. Bring water and salt to a boil. Add the seeds and boil for 8 to 10 minutes
  3. Drain the seeds in a colander and spread them on a paper towel to dry.
  4. Melt the butter. Put the dry seeds and butter in a large bowl and toss until the seeds are evenly coated.
  5. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until they reach a light, golden brown color. Stir seeds every 10 minutes during cooking.
  7. Cool the seeds completely before eating.
  8. You can remove the hulls from the seeds after roasting or eat the seeds hull and all. Keep roasted seeds in airtight containers.
  9. Gardening Tip: Set a few seeds aside before roasting. These free seeds will start next year's pumpkin patch.
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  11. Dave Truman writes about vegetable gardening for where he provides valuable tips and advice about seed companies, garden accessories, container gardening and other vegetable gardening topics. Article Source:
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Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Picture the Seasons)
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Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie follows Apples for Everyone in the Picture the Seasons series. This beautifully photographed picture book about everybody's favorite fall treat is sure to please kids both young and old. The glossy, festive images and lively text are sure to get your family in the mood to celebrate the season.

Pumpkins! Who can resist the sight of big, round, orange pumpkins ripening in a field? Children piling off school buses to pick one out. Carving out funny faces, smiles, or scary frowns to illuminate Halloween doorsteps. Making room for that last piece of pumpkin pie after a delicious Thanksgiving feast. In this book, pumpkins aren't just a fruit, they're a symbol, a scent, a flavor of the entire season.

Celebrate the flavor of fall on every page of this beautifully photo-graphed picture book. Follow along as National Geographic takes you from seed to sprout, pumpkin to pie. Envelope yourself, your family, or your class in the season by reading and learning all about pumpkins.


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Winter Squash & Pumpkins From Seed To Supper
Winter Squash & Pumpkins From Seed To Supper

Part of a series From Seed To Supper for what to grow, how to grow it and what to do with it once it's grown, the subject is winter squash and pumpkins. Winter squash (and pumpkins), a warm weather crop is called 'winter' because with their hard shells, they can be stored well into and through the winter. Hills and drills of squash will produce an abundance of fruit (and a heap of blossoms) that can be prepared on their own or transformed into side dishes, pies, cakes, puddings, preserves, ice cream and even pickles. Squash were first cultivated in pre-historic times for their nutritious seeds. With more than 85 recipes and procedures from seed planting to harvest and on to sweet buttered squash, pumpkin pie or seed eating, this book tells how!


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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series)

This versatile and sincere story will teach math and science concepts while modeling kind behavior. When Mr. Tiffin brings three pumpkins into class for a math and science lesson, all the children guess how many seeds are inside. Charlie, the smallest kid in class, feels frustrated: "All the best guesses are taken." Then the class opens the pumpkins and counts the seeds. McNamara introduces the concepts of counting by twos, fives, and tens, and she includes pumpkin facts (the more lines on the pumpkin, the more seeds it will have). Charlie ends up with the correct guess and discovers that "small things can have a lot going on inside them." Karas' simple, effective illustrations, in the autumnal colors of a fall landscape, capture the multicultural students' feelings, especially Charlie's quiet confusion and eventual flush of pride and confidence.


Roasted Pumpkin Seed Flatbread with Feta and Sweet Onions

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    • davenjilli lm profile image

      davenjilli lm 

      4 years ago

      This is my favorite time of year, we love pumpkin seeds

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      5 years ago

      I was just telling my wife the other day, roasting/eating pumpkin seeds was the one think I look forward to about halloween. I'll have to try the recipes you have hear. Thanks!

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      Fox Music 

      5 years ago

      Pumpkin Seeds are the Best Part of Pumpkin Carving!! -- Thank you for this Delicious Lens "Roasted Pumpkin Seeds"

    • kare2share profile image


      5 years ago

      Wow, I was looking for something to do with the seeds from *one* pumpkin, but now I'll have to get several pumpkins just to try all these great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • VicPalombo profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks a lot! Was looking for a recipe like this to roast my seeds.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the recipes and ideas! Happy Thanksgiving! =D

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      6 years ago

      these definitely are yummy ... thanks for the suggestions

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      6 years ago

      I just had these last weekend, yum, I've tried several recipes, but I prefer the butter and salt method.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I've been roasting pumpkin seeds awhile, and I think I'm going to enjoy your recipes. Do you have any tips for hulling them easily and quickly? Our grandchildren don't care for the hulls.

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      Close2Art LM 

      6 years ago

      my wife got me to try them and they were very good...thanks for the recipe.

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      pimbels lm 

      7 years ago

      I have never tried pumpkin seeds, but will definitely try your recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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      Linda Pogue 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      I love roasted pumpkin seeds, but have never made them myself. I can't wait to try some of your recipes!

    • photofk3 profile image


      7 years ago

      Pumpkin seeds are healthy, I like it.

    • Philippians468 profile image


      7 years ago

      thank you for another delightful lens! cheers

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      surfer1969 lm 

      7 years ago

      I loved pumkin seeds and pumkin pie.They are very healthy for you too.

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      surfer1969 lm 

      7 years ago

      I loved pumkin seeds and pumkin pie.They are very healthy for you too.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      7 years ago

      I used to eat pumpkin seeds when I was younger. Roasted.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      7 years ago

      I love pumpkin seeds, but usually buy the already roasted ones. The flatbread looked good, though....

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago


    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      Lensrolled to 7 Cancer Fighting Warriors because pumpkin is one of them and seeds are a great way to get it!

    • Judy Goldsberry profile image

      Judy Goldsberry 

      7 years ago

      Very nice lens, I tried roasting my squash seeds for the first time this year and they were surprisingly delicious. You have inspired me to try roasting my own pumpkin seeds.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      Love this lens! I love roasted pumpkin seeds as well, I wish I would have had this recipe before when I roasted them as I would have tried it! I featured this lens on my own titled "Top 10 Halloween Pumpkin Designs"

    • delia-delia profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing...I love Pumpkin seeds.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Thanks for the blessing. And thanks for visiting.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks. I love seeds, too.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks. Which recipe did you try? How did it go?

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      7 years ago

      Well done. Love seeds.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @MirandaBrooks LM: Thanks for visiting.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Teddi14 LM: Thanks. Did you make one of the recipes? Which one?

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @jmsp206: Thank you.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @kimmanleyort: Thank you very much. Starbucks makes a pumpkin cream cheese muffin that has pumpkin seeds sprinkled on's incredible.

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Enigmaa8: How did your dad like the roasted pumpkin seeds?

    • AslanBooks profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @LisaDH: I made that exact recipe this year, and I think boiling the seeds first makes them plump-up. Then, when you roast them, they don't burn or dry out. Boiling them in salt water also infuses the seed with salt...not just the shell. How did things go with your pumpkin seeds?

    • LisaDH profile image


      7 years ago

      I've roasted pumpkin seeds many times, but never boiled them first. How does that affect the final flavor?

    • Enigmaa8 profile image


      7 years ago

      My dad loves roasted pumpkin seeds, but this is great now I can make my own and impress him :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Wonderful lens.I love pumkin seeds!

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      Teddi14 LM 

      7 years ago

      Excellent job on this lens. I am forwarding to some friends on facebook. :-)

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      7 years ago

      Not sure if my first comment went through but just want you to know I do love pumpkin seeds and this lens.

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      MirandaBrooks LM 

      7 years ago

      My Mom makes these recipes Every year and I love them, thank you!

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      7 years ago

      I too love roasted pumpkin seeds, and will be trying your recipe this fall and thinking of you while I eat them. I never saw a recipe for making them at home before, its no wonder mine have never turned out right. Now I know...thank you for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      These darn things are so addictive! Great lens and Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards nomination.

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      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star and Giant Squid Nomination! :)

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      8 years ago

      I love pumpkin seeds. Wonderful presentation. Good luck in the contest.

    • eccles1 profile image


      8 years ago

      A healthy snack !!

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      I like pumkin seeds! They're tasteful - so, I love your lens too!

      Congrats on your 2009 Giant Squid Awards, this is well deserved!


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      sammyaddams lm 

      8 years ago

      I wish i had found your lens sooner. I had a huge bowl full of pumpkin seeds after my son and my husband carved a pumpkin at halloween. Maybe next time i will give your receipe a go. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens & Great information

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I've roasted pumpkin seeds for the very first time, thanks to your instructions. I sprinkle them on salads. Great lens. Five stars. I'm linking to you from my pumpkin bread lens.

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      Did try your recipe the other day and my family loved it. Thanks for sharing.

      Come visit my lens as well if you got time. Thanks again

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great ideas for pumpkin seeds. 5* and blessed!

    • SparkleNZ profile image


      8 years ago

      I love the crunch of roasty pumpkin seeds, plus the fact that they are a healthy treat. And of course it helps that they are tasty too!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You've changed the theme for this lens! It's still excellent. Blessed by an Angel today (

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I'm with you. Love pumpkin including pumpkin seeds.

    • BeautifulGreenB profile image


      8 years ago

      I am going to try half w/ your recipe and the other half sauteed (rather than boiled) and then roasted, let you know how they turn out! Thanks for this great lens just in the nick of time!

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      9 years ago

      I cam along this lens a few hours too late. Guess the cats will have fun with the pumpkin seeds now. But I bookmarked it for the next time.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Just what I need right now - some pumpkin seeds, a great mix of videos and information. Blessed by an angel today.

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      9 years ago

      Roasted pumpkin seeds are better than sunflower seeds any day of the week.

      Great lens


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      9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      9 years ago

      Thank you so much for featuring my Pumpkins are not only Jack-O-Lanterns lens. That was really nice of you! Lensrolling you over to it. Great Lens

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      mistyblue75605 lm 

      9 years ago


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      9 years ago

      It has been years since I last had some roasted pumpkin seeds. Looks yummy.

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      9 years ago


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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This tasty lens is today's feature at

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      Gordon N Hamilton 

      9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Aslan. Love the lens. very well laid out and informative. Welcome to Healthier Eating Options group!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      My mom used to make these for us every Halloween. The flatbread with feta and onions looks delicious. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      9 years ago

      WELCOMEto the froup, we will feature your lens later in the week. I am looking forward to more lens

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      9 years ago

      Great lens. Roasting pumpkin seeds is something that I have done with my kids every halloween and now do with my grandchildren. This is somewhat of a tradition at my house. Thank you for joining my Holiday Cooking group. 5*

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      Linda Hoxie 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you so much for the compliments on the photo's on my Kootenay Lake, BC lens...I really appreciate you! Love those pumpkins seeds roasted with a little salt, yummy! :-) Linda

    • aivarkiux profile image


      9 years ago

      nice lens...5 *!!!

    • aquariann profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens. I love pumpkins, too. I just plugged in the "Pumpkin Spice" air freshener from Bath & Body Works and it is heavenly.

    • MatCauthon profile image


      9 years ago

      Where's the pumpkin pie? Were is it? :)

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      9 years ago

      I didn't know you could eat the seeds. Learned something new!! LOL, I love anything pumpkin, even McD's little pumpin pies they carry this time of year.

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      The Homeopath 

      9 years ago

      I've got some in the oven as I type! Fun pumpkin carving night with the kiddos.

    • LucyVet profile image


      9 years ago

      We are vegetarian, and eat lots of seeds and nuts. Great lens!

    • dahlia369 profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice tribute to pumpkins (what would fall look and taste like without them??) - they definitely deserve it!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens! :) Some good ideas here. Have stumbled and lensrolled to my Halloween lens!


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      Paula Atwell 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I do not like to eat pumpkin anything except for the seeds. LOL

    • Robyco profile image


      9 years ago

      Great ideas, Will keep these in mind as we go through Halloween.

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Love pumpkin seeds! And eat them a lot! Maybe too much! :)

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I seem to have wasted the pumpkin seeds I've pulled from pumpkins - just having used the pulp for pies. Next time ...

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      9 years ago

      Not a massive fan of pumpkins but I realise how healthy they are! Good work on another great lens!

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      9 years ago

      Just in time for us to need this lens! Great idea.

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      dreamsgate lm 

      9 years ago

      yummm, time to go make some of my own.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Love those yummy pumpkin seeds. I've featured this lens on Pumpkins and Place Value.

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      9 years ago

      Ah, how the sound of roasted pumpkin seeds takes me back to the good old days! You know, you could actually have 2 lenses for these topics -- to get you closer to that magic number of 50. I see you've hit 36 ... keep up the good work. ;)


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