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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe - Skillet Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

© 2008 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
Don't toss those pumpkin seeds! Toast or roast pumpkin seeds in your skillet on top of the stove for a tasty snack. They can can be salted or spiced to suit your palate. The shells are edible and are a good source of fiber. Use this method with other seeds such as acorn squash and butternut squash. Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Optional: Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, or other seasoning of choice


Rinse pumpkin seeds. Use your fingers to remove all the pulp. Drain pumpkin seeds and discard pulp. Spread out on a cookie sheet to dry overnight.

Heat a large, heavy-bottomed, dry skillet over medium heat. pumpkin seeds. Shake and stir the seeds constantly as they are toasting to prevent burning.

When the pumpkin seeds begin to get golden, start to pop open, and release their aroma, they are done.

Sprinkle hot toasted pumpkin seeds with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, or your choice of seasonings. Toss to coat.

Cool pumpkin seeds before eating or storing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months or refrigerate up to 1 year.

If you like your toasted pumpkin seeds extra-salty, soak overnight in a solution of 1/4 cup salt to 2 cups of water. Dry an additional day, then proceed as above.

Note: Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas.

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 5 out of 5
Flavored-sunfad lower seeds, Member CarrelDawn

One morning, while frying some bacon for breakfast I glanced at the bowl of seeds that had been soaking in salt-water, over-night, and wondered about flavored sunflower seeds. I drained the grease from the pan and threw a handful of the sunflower seeds into it. I took my bacon-flavored sunflower seeds into work with me, and they were a hit.

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