The Best Pumpkin Seed Recipes
The Best Pumpkin Seed Recipes and Where to Find the Best Seeds:
If you love the flavor of pumpkin seeds, but don’t want to eat the stringy, gooey part attached to them, you’ll love these delicious recipes! From pumpkin seed butter to roasted seeds and more, these are the best recipes we could find! Plus, we’ve included our favorite places to buy pumpkin seeds and where to find them online! Check out these 8 tasty pumpkin seed recipes and where to find the best seeds below!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Just a quarter cup of these crunchy seeds is an excellent source of manganese, which helps your body produce collagen—the building block for strong bones. Just one serving packs over 100 percent of your daily recommended amount.
Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of magnesium, which can reduce blood pressure by helping blood vessels relax so blood can flow more freely through them. If you have diabetes, pumpkin seeds can help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing down carbohydrate absorption into your bloodstream.
Cooking Pumpkin Seeds at Home
If you’re planning on cooking pumpkin seeds at home, it’s very important that you know how to prepare them properly. After removing them from their shells, be sure to quickly rinse them in cool water before storing. According to food safety experts, improper rinsing can cause your seeds—and your kitchen—to smell terrible!
You should also toss your shells when they start becoming mushy; though they might look intact, these damp, warm environments are a breeding ground for bacteria. To learn more about preparing pumpkin seeds at home, read my post on How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide.
Sprinkle on Salads or Use as Croutons
The pumpkin seeds you buy from a farmer’s market or grocery store can do much more than just sit in a bowl on your kitchen counter. A handful sprinkled on top of a salad adds great texture and crunch; or you can lightly toast them until they are crisp, then toss them with olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper before using as croutons in soup.
If you’re looking for something sweet rather than savory, try sprinkling raw pumpkin seeds over ice cream. Whatever way you enjoy them, be sure to choose fresh pumpkin seeds that have not been roasted or salted beforehand—and keep an eye out for sellers that roast their own fresh pumpkin seeds (to see if they’re done properly) before buying any!
Go Nuts with These 5 Super Bowl Appetizers
If you’re planning on hosting a Super Bowl party, these five appetizers are sure to be a hit. Make your guests feel like they’re at a sports bar while watching their favorite team play by whipping up one of these recipes. If you don’t have tickets, but still want to root for your favorite team, consider bringing out one of these crowd-pleasing snacks during half time!
The best part about serving any of these dishes is that each recipe is made with pumpkin seeds—making it an easy way to sneak in some extra veggies. Or if you want to serve something a little more indulgent, try one of our other pumpkin seed recipes below!
Recipe #1 – Creamy Roasted Beet Salad with Pepitas, Oranges, Feta & Greens
This is one of my favorite fall salads. The combination of earthy beets, sweet oranges, salty feta, tangy pepitas and fresh greens couldn’t be better! It’s a beautiful meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor. I like to drizzle it with a little balsamic vinegar or extra-virgin olive oil.
Recipe #2 – Spicy Pepita Pesto on Grilled Chicken Breasts
When you’re in a hurry, sometimes it’s easiest to stick with what you know. Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious ideas for pumpkin seeds out there. This recipe keeps things simple but still offers up plenty of bold flavors. (Try it on chicken.) Sweet potato wedges are an easy side dish that pairs well with everything from fish to pork chops.
Here, they’re tossed in a mixture of melted butter, lime juice, and brown sugar for a sweet-savory glaze that coats them nicely. Don’t forget about sweet potatoes! They’re not just for Thanksgiving anymore…
Recipe #3 – Double-Pepita Stuffed Poblanos over Quinoa
A double dose of pumpkin seeds makes these stuffed peppers a great choice for fall entertaining. The combination of quinoa, pepitas, raisins, apricots, mint and lemon juice also means a healthy, balanced meal with every bite. Pepitas can be hard to find in many grocery stores, but they’re usually available at natural food or health stores like Whole Foods.
And yes, you can toast them just like pumpkin seeds – although it’s more work than dumping them into a saucepan! Toasting pepitas before mixing them into the stuffing gives their flavor more depth; stirring in 1/4 cup finely diced onion after roasting also helps bring out their flavor (just make sure it stays completely dry).
Recipe #4 – Salmon with Papaya Salsa, Black Beans & Grilled Corn Vinaigrette Section
Appetizers & Snacks Difficulty: Easy Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2 The key with salmon is keeping it moist. The seeds in papaya are tiny, so get them fresh off a cob, not canned or jarred. Papaya seeds, like many of their counterparts from tropical fruits like limes and pineapples, will turn bitter over time.
They’re also not strong enough in flavor to be noticed without being cooked; once they pop open, they’re hard to distinguish from similar-looking black pepper seeds. In fact, you’ll be doing a bit of that for color – try using Aleppo pepper instead for both fresh herbiness and crunchy pops of red color!