10 Delicious Pumpkin Seed Recipe Variations

Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Anyone who has ever carved a Jack-0-Lantern knows that there is a lot of “stuff” inside a pumpkin.  If you just toss that all in the trash when you do your Halloween carving, you’re missing out on those little nuggets of nutrition and yumminess – PUMPKIN SEEDS!  They are a great source of dietary fiber, unsaturated fat and protein.  They’re also a good source of potassium and magnesium.  So, what are you going to do with those seeds?  These easy pumpkin seed recipe variations should help you out!

10 Delicious Pumpkin Seed Recipe Variations

To start, you will need to rinse your seeds.  You can put them in a big bowl of water and swish – the seeds should float to the top and the other gunk sink to the bottom.  Or you can just put them in a colander and rub them with your hands to remove the pumpkin innards from the seeds.  They need to dry next.  The easiest way to do this is to spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them sit overnight.  If you don’t want to wait, you can resort to using a hair dryer set on low (you don’t want the seeds to fly around your kitchen!) or else put them in the oven at a very low setting, about 120 degrees, and stir occasionally until they are dry.

To prepare 2 cups of seeds, you’ll want to toss them with about a tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter.  Then season them with your choice of the following seasonings:

Plain ‘ol Plain ‘ol Pumpkin Seeds – Just sprinkle with sea salt

Chili Lime Pumpkin Seeds – Sprinkle with 2 tsp chili powder, a dash of cayenne pepper, salt and a few squirts of fresh lime juice

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds – Toss with 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp. cinnamon

Italian Pumpkin Seeds – Mix with 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp oregano, and 1/2 tsp salt

Fall Spice Pumpkin Seeds – Toss with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp all spice, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp salt

Super Savory Pumpkin Seeds – Mix seeds with 1 1/2 tsp worstechire sauce and 1 1/4 tsp season salt

Garlic Pumpkin Seeds – Just sprinkle with 2 – 3 tsp garlic salt

Chocolate Pumpkin Seeds – 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, 2 Tbsp sugar, sprinkle of salt

Ranch Pumpkin Seeds – Mix with one packet of ranch salad dressing mix powder

Greek Pumpkin Seeds – Toss with 1 Tbsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp dried parsley, and a few squirts of lemon juice

To cook:  Roast in a 300 degree oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until seeds are golden brown.

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10 Delicious Pumpkin Seed Recipe Variations



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  1. Oh my I can never get them to come out right, they always get too burnt or just don’t come out right. Maybe these recipes will help, it seems like a waste to waste the pumpkin seeds after carving the pumpkins.

  2. (10 Delicious Pumpkin Seed Recipe Variations) I like eating Pumpkin seeds a lot, I have a bag of the plain one’s downstairs right now. These are some great way’s to change them up a bit. Thanks for sharing-

  3. zuzu.wilson@yahoo.com' Robin Wilson says:

    My first thought was “get outta here!”. I honestly had no idea that you could do this for yourself! What a wonderful way to use the seeds that usually end up in the compost pile! The Garlic and the Fall Spice flavors jump out at me first as ones I would like to try! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Couple additions:
    Soak them in salt water overnight
    Let them dry on wash cloth for faster drying
    Bake mine for 12 min on each side at 250. They burnt at 300. Sometimes another 5 min if not crisp enough.
    A candied variation I tried this year: twp tablespoons of maple syrup, melted butter, brown sugar & cinnamon mixed w pumpkins, baked 14 min on each side. Sprinkle w sea salt when done. Theyre a hit!


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