How to Roast Squash and Pumpkin Seeds

Hey, pumpkin carvers: Stop. Wait. Don’t waste all of those yummy seeds!

| October/November 2011

  • Savory Winter Squash
    For a super snack, roast the seeds from your pumpkins and winter squash.
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  • Winter Squash Seeds
    Pumpkin and squash seeds are loaded with protein and fiber, making them a great energy-boosting snack or crunchy addition to many meals.
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  • Roasting Winter Squash Seeds
    Toss roasted squash seeds with melted butter, thin slices of garlic and coarse sea salt for an addictive snack.
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  • Roasted Squash Seeds on Salad
    Savory roasted seeds are a wonderful topping for salads and soups.
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  • Savory Winter Squash
  • Winter Squash Seeds
  • Roasting Winter Squash Seeds
  • Roasted Squash Seeds on Salad

Pumpkin and squash seeds are loaded with protein and fiber, and they make a great energy-boosting snack or crunchy addition to many meals. Save these delicious and nutritious seeds from ending up in the compost heap in five easy steps.

Step 1: Soak 

Scoop out the seed mass of the squash or pumpkin, and rinse the seeds in a strainer under running water. Don’t worry about getting all of the pulp off, because soaking them for a while will make it easier to rub the pulp off later. Allow the seeds to soak in a bowl of brine (half a teaspoon of kosher salt per cup of water) for a few hours.

Step 2: Rinse and Dry 



Rinse the seeds in a strainer again, rubbing them between your fingers to loosen any remaining pulp. Scatter the seeds on a clean towel to dry for a few hours, or until they are dry to the touch.

Step 3: Season 

JV
11/19/2018 4:39:29 PM

I like pepitas (the inside part of the pumpkin seed), but I dislike the tough outer shell. So, it really depends upon your preference. Shelling them can be a pain, but, for me, chewing and chewing to get through the tough and, in itself, fairly tasteless outer shell isn't worth it. Eating them with the shell gives you a great deal more fiber, but it's pretty wearing on the old molars and jaw muscles. I have the same issue with sunflower seeds. My daughter and husband love to eat them either way, though.


JV
11/19/2018 3:27:41 PM

This is just a personal preference thing, but for me the outer shell is too tough and chewy to warrant all the chewing it takes to break it down. I prefer the pepitas, or shelled pumpkin seeds. Of course, you get much more fiber eating the outer seed part, but it just isn't worth it to me.


dave dee
11/5/2011 7:07:21 PM

heck ya, squash seeds are usually a bit more delicate, less roasting time







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