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Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Updated on September 15, 2014

Tasty Pumpkin Seeds are just bursting with goodness

Use all your pumpkins! Including the nutty, chewy pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin seeds are Nature's own little multi-supplement full of iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium and will help you prevent osteoporosis, reduce inflammation and fight depression.

And they taste scrumptious too!

How to Prepare the Pumpkin Seeds

After you've scooped out your pumpkin for the Jack O 'Lantern, start on the seeds as soon as possible.

You have to clean all the bits of pumpkin meat off the seeds. Do this fairly quickly as, once the remaining pumpkin becomes dry, they will be a lot harder to remove.

Pull as much off the seeds as you can with your fingers, then place a colander or strainer in your sink and give the seeds a good rinse in cold water.

Wipe them off with a paper towel.

Place the seeds on a waxed paper cookie sheet to dry overnight.

No, you can't eat them until tomorrow!

Like your Pumpkin Seeds salty?

If you like your pumpkin seeds to be salty, let them sit in a bowl of water with one teaspoon of salt. Leave the seeds to soak for a couple of hours, then place them on waxed paper overnight.

How to Keep the Pumpkin Seeds

Put the dried pumpkin seeds into an airtight container.

You can keep containers of pumpkin seeds in the pantry for up to three months.

You can keep containers of pumpkin seeds in the frig for up to eight months.

Now you've got the pumpkin seeds, let's start cooking with them!

Oven Bake the Pumpkin Seeds

Place the pumpkin seeds on a shallow tray.

Spray your seeds with butter spray.

Cook for 1 hour on high.

Microwave the Pumpkin Seeds

Place a slice of butter, to taste, in a microwavable rectangular baking dish. Heat for 30 seconds.

Place the pumpkin seeds into the dish and toss through the melted butter.

Spread the seeds out evenly into one layer on the bottom of the dish.

Microwave on high for 4 minutes.

Take out the dish and stir the seeds to prevent sticking (and burning)

Microwave on high another 4 minutes


Pumpkin seeds are really tasty when tossed in a bowl with pinches of celery salt, paprika and freshly ground black pepper.

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


2 cups of pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon salt

pinch garlic salt

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


Preheat oven to medium

Combine all ingredients thoroughly

Bake for one hour in a shallow baking dish

How do you like your Pumpkin Seeds?

What's the best way to have pumpkin seeds?

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    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I love pumpkin seeds. We always just clean and roast them with a bit of oil. Nice to have some new options.

    • WayfarersGuide profile image


      7 years ago

      I once burnt a batch of pumpkin seeds - oh what a horrible smell! Thank you for stopping my and liking my review of "The Shipwreck of Paul". I appreciate it.

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I never knew you could microwave pumpkin seeds. I usually toss them away, but this year I'll give this a try.

    • PNWtravels profile image

      Vicki Green 

      8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've never used the microwave to make pumpkin seeds - I will have to give that method a try this year.


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