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Don’t Throw Those Pumpkin Seeds Away

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

When you carve your jack-o-lantern this Halloween, don’t throw away the seeds. With a little work, you can turn them into a tasty snack that’s loaded with zinc. Boiling the seeds before baking helps the seed retain your favorite seasoning.

Seeds from 1 pumpkin
Seasonings of your choice

Remove the seeds from the pumpkin. Rinse to wash off the strings attached to the seeds.

Boil the seeds in salt water for 10 minutes. While the seeds are boiling, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain.


Spread out on a baking sheet so that no seeds are on top of each other. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from pan into a bowl. Toss with about 1 tablespoon oil (any will work) and favorite seasoning (such as Cajun spices, a mix with ginger, or Chilean merkén).


Spread back on the baking sheet, again ensuring that no seeds are on top of each other. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until seeds are dried and have turned a light golden color.


Scrape into bowl. Let the seeds cool before serving.

From John Griffin

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