13 Things to Do With Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, and we use them in everything from our favorite desserts to household decor, but did you know that you’re probably throwing out one of the best parts of this super-satisfying squash?

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, can be used in a variety of tasty ways. Here are 13 to get you started!

Roast ’em

Roasted pepitas make for a great, healthy, and seasonal snack and can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Here are a few of Rachael’s roasted pumpkin seed recipes to try:

BBQ pumpkin seeds

Sesame pumpkin seeds

Cheesy pumpkin seeds

Sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds

Curried pumpkin seeds

Smoky chipotle pumpkin seeds 

Make a spread

Pumpkin butter is a wonderful substitute for peanut butter, and it’s simple to make your own. Kids’ lunch expert J.M. Hirsch suggests:

“Get two 7-ounce packages of raw hulled pumpkin seeds (about 3 1/2 cups). Spread them on a rimmed baking sheet at bake at 325 F for 15 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool. Dump the seeds into a food processor. Process for several minutes, or until they form a dry sand-like mixture. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Puree until it forms a thick peanut butter-like mixture.”

Go south of the border

Rachael’s Mexican-style pesto, among others, can be made using pumpkin seeds. These recipes offer up wow-worthy taste and texture:

Pepita pesto pasta with roasted squash

Sweet corn soup with Mexican-style pesto

Mexican macaroni and grilled corn

Fish tostachos

Get saucy

Try pepitas in sauces to add depth to any dish. Check out:

Chicken in pumpkin seed sauce

Asian nut sauce (#9)

Tell us about your favorite ways to use pumpkin seeds in the comments.

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