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Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) Eight Ways

The options are endless for roasted pumpkin seeds (peptitas). Here are 8 flavorful ways to enjoy these tasty little seeds.

Pepitas 8 Ways! | RachelCooks.com

First way: Yummy.

Second way: Delicious.

Third way: Delectable.

Fourth way: Tasty.

Fifth way: Scrumptious.

Sixth way: Finger-licking good.

Seventh way: Flavorful.

Eighth way: Delish.

Pumpkin seeds EIGHT ways. Things got a bit out of control. I thought about doing a pepita series (similar to my hot fudge series) but decided to give you all eight at once. I have so many great things to share with you that I don’t want to use up a whole week just talking about pumpkin seeds. A few of these recipes are adapted from Everyday Food magazine but the rest were thought up in my crazy big head. (Really, my head is crazy large. My poor daughter inherited this trait.)

I bought raw peptitas for these recipes (peptitas = shelled pumpkin seeds). You can use the seeds that you cleaned out of your pumpkin in these recipes, just make sure to clean and dry them thoroughly. The pepitas are not as tough since they don’t have the outer shell. The peptitas also don’t bring back pumpkin-carving memories like the seeds in the shells do, but they taste great and are much easier to prepare!

Ready for the recipes?

Here.

We.

Go.

Each recipe makes two cups, but feel free to scale back based on the amount of seeds you have, or the number of varieties you wish to make. (I obviously cut back each recipe, as we could probably never eat 16 cups of these!)

1. Traditional

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 tsp of freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

2. Ginger Soy 

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1.5 teaspoons ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

3. Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

4. Maple Chili Powder

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1.5 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

5. Curry Lime

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1.5 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

6. Italian

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

7. Jamaican Jerk (Disclaimer: this is the only flavor that I didn’t actually bake. However, still wanted to share with you guys. Let me know if you try it!)

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Jamaican jerk seasoning, crumbled with your fingers
1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

8. Latte

2 cups pepitas
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons espresso powder

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
2. Combine all ingredients and spread in a single layer on prepared sheet pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through (watch these closely, they like to burn). Seeds should be golden and crunchy.

Verdict: Great snacking material, they would all be perfect to set out at a fall party. My favorite was the Maple Chili Powder, and my least favorite was the Curry Lime. I didn’t think that I really liked curry, and it turns out I’m right–but I still ate them. So they weren’t all bad.
Husband’s take: “Good!” Sometimes he is a man of very few words. I pried him for more details. He said he liked the Maple Chili Powder the best. “They would be really good if you were just snacking on them and drinking beer.” Then he said he liked them all, and I asked “Even the curry?” (He is also not a fan of curry.) In response he said, “I didn’t hate the curry!” So there ya go. They are tasty.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy!

   
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75 Responses to “Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) Eight Ways”

  1. Tanya - Three Square Meals — October 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I vote for Maple Chili Powder! Actually they all sound delicious but Maple Chili Powder is at the top of my list! Yum!

  2. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — October 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I definitely want to try the pumpkin spice pepitas! I adore pumpkin seeds but haven’t seen them in stores. Where did you find them?

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2011 @ 8:19 am

      I got mine at Nino Salvaggios, do you have those stores in AA? I’d look in a specialty grocery store, or maybe Whole Foods?

      • Loren — November 18th, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

        Try Nuts.com. That’s where I get mine. THANKS for the great recipes!

  3. Bethany @ One Girl's Taste On Life — October 12, 2011 at 8:02 am

    These all look delish! I just cleaned out my pantry this morning and found a bag of pepitas just begging to be roasted. Now I have to decide which of these to make! I’m thinking Ginger Soy and Jerk… Thanks for all the great options!

  4. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — October 12, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I want to try all of them! The ginger soy especially has me intrigued. I have the same question as Christina: where do you buy them? I have never seen them at the store.

    • Rachel — October 12th, 2011 @ 8:20 am

      I got mine at Nino Salvaggios, but I think it is a local chain? I’d look in a specialty grocery store, or maybe Whole Foods?

      • Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — October 12th, 2011 @ 10:25 am

        No Whole Foods in GR, but I called and they have them at Russo’s. :)

        • Rachel — October 12th, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

          Perfect! So you actually live in GR? What a small world! Did you grow up there?

          • Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — October 13th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

            I live in a small town just south of GR, close enough that I do all my shopping there. We have lived here just over 4 years now. We are originally from Fort Wayne, IN. My husband is a pastor; this is where he got his first call.

  5. Bev Weidner — October 12, 2011 at 9:07 am

    LOOK. AT. THAT.

    My heart just freaked out.

  6. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — October 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I haven’t seen pepitas in my stores but I’ve been on the lookout. Mmm!

  7. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) — October 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wowza! I’m usually a big fan of traditional, but now I’m anxious to try out some of these awesome new flavors!! :)

  8. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves — October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    My favorite thing about this time of year is not just carving pumpkins but eating the seeds afterwards! I’m bookmarking this for our pumpkin carving party later this month. Thank you!

  9. Hallie — October 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

    yummy! we leave the shells on when roasting our seeds. these look great!

  10. Brooke @ Veggie Table — October 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Whoa!!!! I think I’m in love?!!! Pepitas will be added to my grocery list for this week!

  11. brandi — October 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    oh my goodness. that jamaican jerk one sounds so good!

  12. Cassie @ Bake Your Day — October 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Yes, I love pumpkin seeds. All of these flavor combinations sound perfect too. The seeds are completely worth the effort of carving a pumpkin!

  13. natalie (the sweets life) — October 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    wow—great list! I’ll pull this out if we get around to carving a few pumpkins!! :)

  14. Baking Serendipity — October 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I love this list! You’re inspiring me to carve a pumpkin now…big time. The latte flavor might easily be my favorite-and become my newest addiction!

  15. Geni — October 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Love every single last one of these fantastic pepita ideas. Do you buy them in bulk? Also,your photos have truly gotten amazing…are you getting that good…better camera…external lighting…what’s you secret?! Do tell! :)

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2011 @ 8:29 am

      I didn’t buy them in bulk, just bought two packages from a local gourmet grocery store. My photos? First of all, thanks! It is still kind of hit or miss–my post Friday isn’t as pretty as this one. I got a new camera for Mother’s Day (Canon Rebel T3i). These particular photos (all the photos w/ the wood background) are taken on my balcony where there is good natural lighting. The weather has been nice here–now it is rainy and gross again so I’m sure my pictures will suffer. I bought Plate to Pixel, so I’m trying to pick up a few tricks from that book too.

  16. Vicki Bensinger — October 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I just bought a bag of pepitas to make a chocolate covered bar with pepitas but now I may have to try one of these. They all sound great except the Italian one. I think of pepitas to be associated with a different spice, more like the others although the lime wouldn’t fit in that category but those sounds yummy as well.

    Looking forward to trying some of these. I’ll bet they’d be great on top of salads as well once spiced up.

    Thanks for sharing these recipes. What fun!

    • Rachel — October 13th, 2011 @ 8:19 am

      They would be excellent on top of a salad!

  17. Lauren — October 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Oh my goodness! Now I have to make ALL of these! They look so good! {Love the pictures too!}

  18. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Those all look fabulous! Your pictures are mouth watering!

  19. Claire @ Claire K Creations — October 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I love pepitas! I never would have imagined so many ways to enjoy them. The pumpkin pie spice is a nice little play on where the come from. Good for a Thanksgiving starter/nibble.

  20. thelittleloaf — October 13, 2011 at 4:11 am

    What an amazing set of recipes! I think the maple chilli gets my vote too, although ginger soy sounds lovely as well. I always thought pumpkin seeds were healthy but a little bland and boring – I couldn’t have been more wrong!

  21. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

    This is so clever. Would you link it to my pumpkin round up today? Pretty please???

  22. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers — October 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for all the ideas! I’m loving the latte ones.

  23. Delishhh — October 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Wow – 8 ways – where do i start. . .very nice!

  24. Aly ~ Cooking in Stilettos — October 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I think I really need to try a few variations of these – esp. the latte and chili ones. I always have pepitas in my pantry for granola and other recipes and this would definitely be a nice change up!

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2011 @ 11:29 am

      I loved the chili ones. Could eat them by the handful!

  25. Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama — October 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Yummy! I love pumpkin seeds. It is my favorite part of carving a pumpkin! I found the raw ones at my local Kroger.

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2011 @ 11:29 am

      Did you really? Our Kroger stinks.

  26. BigFatBaker — October 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    The maple chili powder, curry lime, and latte all sound so delicious! I have a few pie pumpkins that I need to roast, so I’ll have to save the seeds and try a few of these recipes out! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Leslie Means — October 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Awesome! I think I totally have to link your blog on mine next week! I’m doing a countdown to Halloween for the next two weeks starting Monday and THIS is a great idea for pumpkin seeds. Thanks! :)

    • Rachel — October 14th, 2011 @ 11:28 am

      Awesome, thanks! Let me know when you post it!

  28. Tracey — October 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love your writing style Rachel – it’s so conversational!

  29. Cookie and Kate — October 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Love this post! Every single idea sounds great but you really sold me on the maple chile powder variety. Those sound right up my alley. Now I just have to find me a pumpkin to gut! Mwaha.

  30. Kelly — October 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I was reading this yesterday while munching on pepitas and realized I had everything to make the maple chile ones. They were really great – my 21 month old can’t get enough. We’ll be making those again for our Halloween party this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachel — October 25th, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for letting me know. They were by far my favorite flavor too.

  31. Cookie and Kate — November 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Thanks for all the great ideas! My friends and I watched Hocus Pocus and carved pumpkins on Saturday night. I pulled up your post for reference and we decided on maple chile (my favorite) and pumpkin pie (my friend’s favorite). I just wish we hadn’t eaten them all that night!

  32. Kimmi — May 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Wow!! I bought pepitas fairly randomly from the supermarket tonight and while googling what they are (apart from delicious in pumpkin scones!) I came across your site. Maple chilli are in the oven right now :) oops, midnight cooking!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 8th, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

      How cool! Hope you love them!!!

  33. Erica — August 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite snack recipes a colleague introduced me to called “Pumpkin Pie Pepitas.” My colleague gives it away as gifts…I on the other hand can’t bear to give it away whenever I make a batch. It’s just too good. :-)

  34. David — October 1, 2013 at 12:26 am

    How are raw pepitas supposed to taste? Do They taste a little bitter or should tasty nutty and sweet all the way through.

    • Rachel Gurk — October 1st, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

      I wouldn’t describe them as bitter. They are flavorful though. They’ll have a nice roasted taste after you use them in these recipes though.

  35. Judith Richards Shubert — October 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    What a terrific cook you must be! I love this recipe with the 8 variations. I can’t wait to try them. I was introduced to the small pie pumpkins several years ago by a cousin in Tennessee when she gave me one out of her garden and a recipe for pumpkin fudge. When I read this recipe I thought maybe the pepitas would be good using a fudge flavor. What do you think? Would it work? I love sweet and salty.

    • Rachel Gurk — October 5th, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

      I think that would be wonderful! Let me know how it turns out!

  36. Tttessa — October 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Hiya… LOVE your recipes…… I’m from the uk – don’t tend to do pumpkin things sooooo much over here – if I take all the seeds out of a fresh pumpkin, do you eat the seed shells? do you have to “peel” them? do you roast them in the “shells”? – soooo many questions!!

    • Rachel Gurk — October 21st, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

      Thank you! You can definitely use pumpkin seeds out of a pumpkin. Make sure to wash and dry them thoroughly. The shells are edible!

  37. Ashley | CenterCutCook — October 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    This is fabulous Rachel! Can’t wait to try the curry lime version. Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page! :)

    • Rachel Gurk — October 28th, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Appreciate the shares. :)

  38. Margarita — January 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for great recipes! I had a bag of pumpkin seeds I got at Whole Foods a while ago, and now I know what to do with them… ROAST!! The maple chili ones were OUTSTANDING! Boyfriend demanded I made more for him :-)

    • Rachel Gurk — January 18th, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

      So glad you liked them!

      • Margarita — January 19th, 2014 @ 12:21 am

        Oh no, we didn’t like them. We LOVED them! :-)

  39. Rebecca — February 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    OMG these recipes sound fantastic! I just found a recipe for a salad with a creamy cilantro-jalapeno recipe, and it called for roasted pumpkin seeds. All I could find at the store were raw, so this is how I found your site!! :-) My first attempt, for this salad, will be using your measurements for the curry-lime seasoning but subbing chili powder for the curry(I’m a huge fan of curry, so I WILL be making that one too!). And since the maple chili pepitas are getting high votes, I might just have to try that one as well… with maple flavored agave nectar (I can’t do sugars anymore). One question: what is the best way to store these once roasted? If my hubby and I really like them, I might want to keep them around for snacking or sending them with him to work.

    • Rachel Gurk — February 12th, 2014 @ 9:25 am

      Hope you love them! They’ll store in an airtight container for a couple of weeks — no need to refrigerate or anything.

  40. Teresa — April 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I just baked the Curry Lime Pepita recipe and it is absolutely delicious!! My husband loved them too.

  41. Rebecca — November 7, 2014 at 12:05 am

    All those flavors sound amazing, and I intend to make a couple of them for Christmas gifts this year! The only one I’ve made so far was your curry-lime flavor, but since I was actually looking for a chipotle-lime recipe, I substituted 1 teaspoon of chili powder for the curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon of ground chipotle for the rest (maybe a tad more; i like spicy!). I left out the coriander. Eventually, I will make them all, but next time definitely the maple-chile and ginger-soy! Thanks, Rachael!!

  42. Rebecca — November 7, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Do you think they would ship well, like maybe over a few days in a zip-type bag?

    • Rachel Gurk — November 8th, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

      absolutely!

  43. Donna — December 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Rachel,
    Thanks for the recipes for Pepitas. I used the traditional method since I am mixing them in a trail mix but the others sound delicious. I get my seeds and nuts at Kroger where they have them by the pound in bins so you can get the amount you need. Whole Foods carries them too.

  44. Rebecca — December 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    First, my apologies for incorrectly spelling your name! Second, I also apologize for two posts about the same thing within a year; guess I’d forgotten I’d already posted here before… guess I’m getting old! LOL ;-)

    Thank you for the advice about shipping in a zip bag. My family loves when I send homemade goodies from home for Christmas, so these are what’s up this year.

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