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How to Make Your Own Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Thanks to my father, I'm a big foodie who's been cooking and baking since I was a young girl. Cooking is a passion that brings me joy.

Pumpkin seeds are easy to cook up into a yummy snack

Pumpkin seeds are easy to cook up into a yummy snack

After Carving the Pumpkin, Save the Seeds!

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 a 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.

My homemade roasted pumpkin seeds

My homemade roasted pumpkin seeds

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

30 min

50 min

~ 6 servings


  • Pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
  • Olive oil, enough to grease the bottom of baking sheet
  • Your choice of seasoning, such as Lawry's Season Salt, ranch dressing seasoning mix, or popcorn cheese salt
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Separate the seeds from the fleshy fibers.
  3. In a colander, rinse and drain the seeds. Then dry them with a paper towel.
  4. Spread olive oil on the bottom of a baking sheet.
  5. Spread the seeds evenly in a single layer.
  6. Sprinkle them with Lawry's Salt or another seasoning of your choice.
  7. Bake the seeds for approximately 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Note: Place the baking sheet on the bottom rack for the best results. This will help prevent seeds from burning and/or starting an oven fire from the oil.
  8. Stir them at least once during the baking process to help them brown evenly and to prevent burning and sticking.
  9. Let the seeds cool before eating.

Pumpkins Seed Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Pumpkin Seeds come from Acorn Squash
    • True
    • False
  2. It is best to put pumpkin seeds on bottom oven rack to avoid burning
    • True
    • False
  3. You can top seeds with flavoring of your choice
    • True
    • False
  4. For Best results, preheat oven to 450 Degree's
    • True
    • False
  5. For best results, preheat oven at 200 Degree's
    • True
    • False

Answer Key

  1. False
  2. True
  3. True
  4. False
  5. False

© 2011 Linda Rogers

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