Preparing Pumpkin Seeds for Eating


Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack that's loaded with potassium. Save seeds from store-bought or homegrown pumpkins to dry in the sun, or roast them in the oven and season. Store pumpkin seeds in airtight containers.

Step 1

Remove seeds from the pumpkin, separating the pulp from the seeds as best as possible. Place seeds in a colander to make cleaning easier.

Step 2

Clean seeds under running water in a sink to remove the last remnants of pulp. Hand-pick any stubborn strands as needed.

Step 3

Spread clean pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Pat the seeds dry with a paper towel.

Step 4

Store in a cool, dry place overnight to allow seeds to dry.

Step 5

Toss seeds with olive oil until covered completely.

Step 6

Bake seeds at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool.

Step 7

Season, if desired, with salt or popcorn seasoning. Store in an airtight container.

Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Colander
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towel
  • Olive oil
  • Oven
  • Seasonings (optional)
  • Airtight container


  • Clemson University Extension: Preserving Pumpkin & Winter Squash
  • Washington State University Extension: Storing Pumpkins
  • University of Missouri Extension: Drying and Roasting Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds

Who Can Help

  • Food and Nutrition: Pumpkins
Keywords: roasted seeds, healthy snacks, protein snack

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Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University, studying education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills, re-using, recycling, and re-inventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.