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How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Seeds

Updated on November 2, 2017
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Thanks to my father,I'm a big Foodie whose been cooking since I was a young girl. Cooking is a passion that brings me joy and relaxation.

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Baked Pumpkin Seeds
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This is the time of year to go to your favorite pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve. After the kids carve them, don't forget to save the seeds for baking. It's tradition in our family to roast the seeds after scraping out the insides. Roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to prepare and make a wonderful snack. Here is my recipe:


Baked Pumpkin Seeds

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Cook Time for Roasted/Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 2 Baking Pans will Serve Approximately Six People

Ingredients for Baked Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • Olive oil, (layer bottom of baking sheet)
  • Your choice of seasoning, such as Lawry's Season Salt,, ranch dressing seasoning mix, or popcorn cheese salt

Instructions for Preparing Baked Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Separate seeds from the fleshy fibers.
  3. In a colander, rinse, drain, and dry seeds with paper towel.
  4. Spread olive oil on bottom of baking sheet.
  5. Spread seeds evenly in a single layer.
  6. Sprinkle seeds with Lawry's Salt or other seasoned salt of your choice.
  7. Bake seeds for approximately 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Stir seeds at least once during the baking process to help them brown evenly and prevent burning and sticking.
  9. Let seeds cool before eating.
  10. NOTE: Place baking sheet on bottom rack for best results. This will help prevent seeds from burning and/or starting oven fire from the oil.

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Homemade Pumpkin Seeds

My Homemade Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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How to Make Baked Pumpkin Seeds after Carving

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The Kids Picked out their Favorite Pumpkin at the Pumpkin StandCarving their Pumpkins into Jack-O-LanternsCooking my Traditional Pumpkin SeedsFinished Product. Jack-O-Lanterns Light up the Night Sky
The Kids Picked out their Favorite Pumpkin at the Pumpkin Stand
The Kids Picked out their Favorite Pumpkin at the Pumpkin Stand | Source
Carving their Pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns
Carving their Pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns
Cooking my Traditional Pumpkin Seeds
Cooking my Traditional Pumpkin Seeds
Finished Product. Jack-O-Lanterns Light up the Night Sky
Finished Product. Jack-O-Lanterns Light up the Night Sky

Video for Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

© 2011 Linda Rogers

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    Linda Rogers 17 months ago from Minnesota

    So glad I could be of help. It's great to find what your looking for. Appreciate your visit ChitrangadaSharan :)

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    Chitrangada Sharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

    Very useful and well presented hub about how to make our own homemade pumpkin seeds. I was looking for this information.

    Thanks for the details! Pinned it too.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    I'll have to try with sunflower of safflower oil and see what I like better. Thanks for the suggestion. I always love hearing other peoples recipes.

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    stessily 5 years ago

    MT, My roasted pumpkin seeds recipe is the same as yours, except that I used sunflower oil or safflower oil (instead of olive oil) because both oils impart a delicate, delicious flavour.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Peggy-I make these seeds all year long but usually use squash seeds. Their even more tender.

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Your roasted pumpkin seed recipes with the variations sound great. Liked the photos and your video in this hub. Voted up and useful!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Frogyfish-I didn't try new flavors until this year. My family absolutely Loves the ranch dressing powder mixed with lawry's seasoned salt. Don't forget that you can use the seeds from any kind of squash too. I find that the squash seeds are a little tastier and more tender.

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    frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

    I buy pumpkin seeds but now I will have to bake some of my own. Never thought to add 'other flavors'. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Videos were great...but there are really some c r a z y pumpkins to be seen in that last one. Fun and funny!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Kris and thank you so much for adding my hub to your pumpkin recipes. I'll check out your hub and other links. Thanks for coming by.

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    Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I'm going to add a link to your hub from my "A Pumpkin Chuckin' Thing - THE GREAT PUMPKIN LAUNCH" hub (I include links out to various other hubs that have pumpkin recipes in them.

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    Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    I didn't save my seeds, but I'll do this next year fer sure

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Your very welcome. It' super easy too :-)

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    Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love pumpkin seeds!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Isn't that a lot of work RedElf, to shell the seeds? I do prefer eating them without the shell but it's just so much work. I would love to hear how you get the shells off.

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    RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

    Love pumpkin seeds, and love your photos! I sometimes shell my pumpkin seeds before toasting, but they taste great either way!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Your so welcome tlpogue. I don't always shell mine as I eat them. It kind of depends on my mood and my energy level.LOL

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    Tammy 6 years ago from USA

    I love making toasted pumkins seeds. We always ate them shells and all. It wasn't until I was married that I realized some people shelled them. Thanks for sharing this wonderful treat.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Maggie-You don't have to use the olive oil but I find it out more flavor in them and prevents burning. Thanks for coming by :-) Have a great Sunday.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi lyricwriter. I buy them store bought too but let me tell you, there is no comparison. Home-made is so nummy and your house smells really good. Thanks for stopping :-)

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    Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

    Yummy!! I just love Halloween!! I've never used olive oil or any oil when roasting, I will certainly try it next time--thanks so much!!!

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    Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

    up, useful, awesome, and interesting MT. This looks and sounds great. The stores are getting read of them for cheap now and I love pumpkins seeds. I have never tried them like this, but I will. Bookmarked:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for all your kind words on my Halloween Hub. I just love pumpkin seeds and look forward to this tradition every year. Have a great weekend Spirit Whisperer :-)

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    Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

    Another great hub and this one is full of useful tips and information. I love the photographs and now I know what to do with those pumpkin seeds. Thank you.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Happy Halloween to you too HBN. I'm just starting to get kids at the door. I love it :-0 I made more seeds today but this time with squash. It was so nummy and tender.

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    Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and the step by step illustrations. Hope you're having a fun and Happy Halloween. Voted up and useful.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I like anything pumpkin too. I just made another batch of seeds for the kids today but this time I used seeds from a spaghetti squash and a acorn squash. Their just as good, if not better. Thanks for checking out my hub and glad you liked he pics to go with it. It was a fun day getting things ready for Halloween.

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    Gypsy48 6 years ago

    Will be trying this recipe this afternoon, sounds good. Love pumpkin pie, muffins, bars, cookies and anything else with pumpkin! Love your photos.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Your so welcome Cassie Ann. It's so easy yet makes Halloween more fun and the house smells great. The kids look forward to the seeds every year. It wouldn't be Halloween if Auntie didn't roast their pumpkin seeds.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    femmeflashpoint-My sister makes these incredible pumpkin bars with a cream cheese frosting. I love any recipe that has pumpkin in it. Thanks for stopping and Happy Halloween!

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    Cassie Ann 6 years ago

    Love roasted pumpkin seeds - haven't made them in years. Thanks for the recipe to refresh my memory!

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    femmeflashpoint 6 years ago

    I'm with Hyphenbird, I love this part of fall and I'm a big fan of pumpkin seeds! Anxious to try your recipe MinTwin, thanks so much for sharing.

    So, do you ever make pumpkin bread to go with the seeds? After jacko-lantern season is over, of course. :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Tom and good to hear from you. I can't wait to make more seeds on Halloween, which is tomorrow. Happy Halloween Eve my friend.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi b.Malin and thanks for reading my hub. So many pumpkin seed fans here at hubland. I usually buy the one with the shells. I like to eat some whole but break most of the seeds with my teeth to get to the nummy inside.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Movie Master. Once you try pumpkins seeds you'll crave them. Their a great snack. I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Ha-Good one Gypsy Willow :-)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Hyphenbird-Yes, get at your pumpkin seed baking for Halloween. I love pumpkin seeds year round but usually buy them at the store. I crave them a lot. :-)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Your welcome Lady Rain-It's really easy and makes the house smell really good and Halloweeny :-)

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    justom 6 years ago from 41042

    They taste great though I don't eat them much. This is really a good hub, the photos and vid are AWESOME!!! Peace!! Tom

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    b. Malin 6 years ago

    This is such a useful Hub, Minnetonka, as I am a lover of Pumpkin Seeds and yes, I too have always bought them already to eat (No shells, how lazy of me). They are such a good non fattening treat. I will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    I have never eaten pumpkin seeds, so after I have carved my pumpkin I will try roasting them!

    I just loved the photos and video, many thanks for sharing, best wishes MM

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    Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Roasted pumpkin seeds make a wonderful snack. Thanks for the inside scoop, so to speak!

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    Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    It is nice to see others using the pumpkin seeds. Most people just throw them away. We a;ways roast them. Your Hub is great with the various seasoning ideas and great photos. Thanks so much. I am going to pick up a pumpkin and make something and roast the seeds. You have me craving them now.

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    lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

    The pumpkin seeds recipe looks delicious. Will have to try roasting the seeds after carving the pumpkin for Halloween. Thanks.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    You are so welcome Kerlynb. Their much better made at home and really easy too. Thanks for stopping by :-)

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    kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    I've always eaten pumpkin seeds bought at the supermarket for ages and never known how to make them! Wow, it's about time I learn to make them myself :) Thanks for this useful hub.