How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin Seeds


Halloween is a fun time for the entire family. With the cool temperatures comes colorful foliage. When people think of Halloween, and fall in general, a common vision is the pumpkin. The pumpkin is a versatile fruit. Make pumpkin pie with the flesh, carve one with a scary face and cook and eat the seeds. Cooked pumpkin seeds make a good snack.

Step 1

Cut open the top of the pumpkin with a knife and scrape all the seeds out. Separate them from the flesh.

Step 2

Wash the seeds to remove all the fleshy matter. Strain the water off in a strainer.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet. Keep them in a single layer.

Step 4

Add salt to taste and bake the seeds for 10 to 20 minutes or until they begin turning a golden color and looking crispy. Stir occasionally to prevent them from sticking and burning to the baking sheet. If you want the seeds to have a little extra "kick," add 2 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce for every 2 cups of pumpkin seeds before baking.

Step 5

Remove the seeds from the oven and let them cool.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Strainer
  • Baking sheet
  • Salt
  • Oven
  • Worcestershire sauce (optional)


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