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How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds + Video

I am very please to show you How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds, and I think you will find them to be a great snack.

How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds - cookingwithkimberly.comPumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are full of healthy goodness for the kids and adults in your family.

When I was last at Harvest Barn Country Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I was fortunate enough to find some beautiful sugar pumpkins.

These beautiful, little pumpkins are perfect for pumpkin puree, and the seeds, are nice, big and plump with a great nutty flavor that hits the spot for a healthy snack at any time of the day.

Don’t discard pumpkin seeds, or squash seeds because they toast up very nicely and make fantastic, inexpensive snacks.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds:

10 Inch Mesh Strainer - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comThe pumpkin has to be cut in half, and the stringy matter needs to be scraped out and separated from the seeds.

I place the seeds into a strainer to rinse them under cold water.

  • Tips: I saved and set aside about a dozen of the seeds for planting next spring. They need to be dried out, and kept at room temperature, in a paper container or in an envelope, so they stay dry and don’t get moldy.

Type: Snack Recipe

Prep Time: about 10 min
Toast Time: 40 min
Yield: 1/2 – 3/4 cup of toasted seeds

The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy this webisode of Cooking with Kimberly:


  • Web Chef Review: Ontario Sugar Pumpkins at Harvest Barn Country Markets - cookingwithkimberly.compumpkin seeds from 1 sugar pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sprinkling of salt
  • dash of freshly cracked pepper

Optional Seasonings:


  1. 11 Inch Stainless Steel Colander - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comRemove seeds from pumpkin and separate them from the stringy stuff inside the pumpkin. Rinse and strain seeds in a colander. Place seeds between paper toweling to dry off.
  2. In a small bowl, combine seeds with olive oil, salt and pepper and other seasonings, as desired. Toss seeds in olive oil mixture making sure each seed is coated.
  3. Calphalon 4pc Nonstick Bakeware Large Cookie Sheet Cooling Rack Set - shop.cookingwithkimberly.comTransfer seeds to the prepared baking sheet and arrange them, so they all lay flat.
  4. Toast in 275 degree F oven for about 20 min. Turn them over, and keep toasting for another 20 min, or until they are dried out, crisp, and slightly browned.
  5. Taste one seed and see if it is crisp enough for you. If not, allow to toast for 5 min at a time longer. Correct the seasonings if needed, and toast until done to your liking.

So easy, so tasty, a bit salty, and with a great crunch.

Harvest Barn Country Markets - harvestbarn.caThis show is brought to you by Harvest Barn Country Markets:

Try my recipe for How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds and find out for yourself how delicious these seeds actually are.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com.

Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos.

Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications.

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