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Make these delicious Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds to celebrate Fall. 

If this is your first time or it has been a while since you have roasted pumpkin seeds, no worries. I have step by step instructions on how to roast pumpkin seeds plus delicious pumpkin seed recipes. 



Can you eat pumpkin seeds shells?

The outer shells of pumpkin seeds are just as edible as the inside once they are cooked.  They are full of zinc. 

Harvest the Pumpkin Seeds

Cut A Six-Inch Hole In Your Pumpkin

You will need a sharp knife, large sturdy spoon, strainer, and a clean towel.  The best time to harvest your pumpkin seeds is when you are carving your pumpkin for fall.  Cut about a six inch round hole in your pumpkin.  You could do this at the top of the pumpkin and then replace the lid with the stem on it.  You could also cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin. 

Scrape Out The Pumpkin Seeds

Reach inside your pumpkin with your hand; kids love to do this step and pull out all the seeds and guts.  Use your spoon if needed. 

Separate The Flesh From The Seeds

Try to separate the flesh from the seeds as much as you can and place the seeds into the strainer.  It is a very messy job but fun.  Kids would love this step too.

Roasting Your Pumpkin And Not Carving It 

If you are not carving your pumpkin, cut your pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds from the flesh. 

Rinse Your Seeds

After you separate your pumpkin seeds, place the strainer in a larger bowl of water.  The seeds will float to the top.  

Towel Dry Your Pumpkin Seeds

Drain the water off your seeds and toss them on a clean, dry towel.  Pat the seeds dry well.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spread the seeds in ungreased 15 x 10 baking sheet pan.  

Season Your Pumpkin Seeds

For each cup of raw seeds, coat with two tablespoons melted butter, one tablespoon brown sugar, one tablespoon sugar, and 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice. 

TIPS for Making Cinnamon, Apple Pie, Spicy Seeds, and Salted Seeds

For each cup of raw seeds:  

  • If you do not like pumpkin pie spice, try 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon or apple pie spice with two tablespoons of melted butter, one tablespoon of brown sugar, and one tablespoon sugar.
  • Spicy seeds: Mix Two tablespoons melted butter with two teaspoons Cajun seasoning. 
  • Salted Seeds: Mix two tablespoons melted butter with two teaspoons Season Salt. 

Bake Your Pumpkin Seeds

Bake 15 to 20 minutes.  The seeds should be a light tan color and crisp.  Stir the seeds once while baking.

Cool completely before serving or storing in an air-tight container. 

Eat Your Pumpkin Seeds

  • Salads
  • Ice Cream 
  • Soups
  • or by the Handful 

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  1. Wow my family really love pumpkin with all kinds of recipes like cake, curry and soup, but I actually never try pumpkin seeds. Appreciate the guide.
    Hope I can make some crispy pumpkin seeds XD

    • Helena,

      Thank you for stopping by my blog, Recipes For Our Daily Bread. I am thrilled, blessed and humbled to announce that I am on my way home today from being at the World Food Championships. This was my first year and after three rounds I placed 3rd in the World in the desserts. I am very thankful and overwhelmed that I made it to the top. The competition was fierce and included chefs, professional teams, and home cooks. Because I finished in the top 10, I qualified to go back next year. WOW! GOD IS SO GOOD!

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  2. My dad absolutely loves to roast pumpkin seeds this time of the year. So, I am most definitely sharing your awesome advice and tips here with him now. Thank you, my sweet friend for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday now, too!!! 😉

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