Beyond Jack-O'-Lanterns: The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


Try this roasted beet and arugula salad with toasted pumpkin seeds recipe.

It’s that time of year where you head to the pumpkin patch and pick out the prime pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Jack-o'-lanterns are edible, but they don't taste very good (and the cut surfaces may harbor bacteria) — but you can pick out the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a snack or incorporate them into fall recipes.

After you’re done with your jack-o'-lantern masterpiece, clean and dry all of your pumpkin seeds, making sure there aren’t any of the "guts" clinging to them. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and toss your seeds in a bowl with one tablespoon of melted butter and a pinch of salt. After the seeds have been coated in the salted butter mixture, place them on a baking tray in a single layer and bake for 45 minutes or until the seeds are golden brown. Now you will have a delicious snack to eat while you admire your pumpkin craftsmanship.

To add more flavor to your pumpkin seeds, you can sprinkle curry, Cajun spices, or jerk seasoning on top. You can even add your roasted pumpkin seeds to your favorite foods, like salads, soups, or pumpkin bread. Pumpkin seeds add a great crunch and nuttiness to salad recipes such as this Pumpkin Seed, Feta, and Champagne Grape Salad Recipe.

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Pumpkin seeds are versatile. They can be used to form a crust on chicken or fish, eaten as a snack, or added to soups and salads for crunch. Here are 14 ways that you can use your jack-o'-lantern pumpkin seeds.

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds


Add pumpkin seeds to your baked apple recipe.

This incredible recipe combines two of fall's best ingredients: apples and pumpkin seeds. Serve it either as an appetizer or a side dish, perhaps with some juicy pan-roasted pork chops. — Maria Zoitas

For the Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.

Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Add cajun spice to your pumpkin seeds.

Special contributor Create Live Blog says, “This is a great healthy alternative to chips, popcorn, and cookies.” You can use the seeds of a fresh pumpkin for this recipe and add Cajun spice or other spices you may enjoy.


For the Cajun Barbecue Pumpkin Seeds recipe, click here.