How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

If you haven’t been toasting pepitas, or hulled pumpkin seeds, here’s how to begin! It’s a quick and easy step that’ll take your Buddha bowls, granola, and salads to the next level.

bowl of toasted pepitas

What simple step separates you from a standout Buddha bowl, salad, or gorgeous granola bowl?

Arguably, the easiest technique ever: toasting pumpkin seeds! Next time you’re helping out at a friend’s kitchen and don’t wanna get your hands dirty, why not, uh…offer to toast up some pumpkin seeds for an appetizer salad? *wink*

“Huh, simple but clever!” they’ll probably think.

Because the same principles apply to any seed–sesame, sunflower, watermelon, anyone?–as long as you keep those eyes in the pan!

First things first, however. You may be wondering…

What’s the difference between pumpkin seeds and so-called pepitas?

Technically, nothing. But nowadays people tend to call the shelled version pepitas, just for ease of use. So expect to read that when shopping for ready-to-eat, no-spitting-out-shells pumpkin seeds.

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Most of the time you’ll end up buying raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds. They’re pretty yummy, but for a boost of fresh, nutty flavor, toasting is the way to go.

How to dry-toast pumpkin seeds

Start with a clean, dry pan. The oils built into the pumpkin seeds will suffice to fire them up while cooking.

Heat it over medium, until evenly hot.

Add the pepitas. You want to cook 1 layer at a time and minimize crowding so that they brown evenly.

It might start to get fragrant! In that case, check the undersides. Keep your eyes on the prize at all times, and toss the pepitas occasionally until evenly toasted and golden brown. The process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes!

And just like that, you’re done! Time to move on to more beautiful Buddha bowls, salads, granolas, breads, etc. Or let the seeds cool if they’re going straight to storage.

Recipes that would be pleased to meet your pumpkin seeds

So many ideas, and so little time! How did you incorporate these pumpkin seeds in your foodie life? Let me know in the comments!

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How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
Prep Time
5 mins
Here’s all you need to jazz up raw pumpkin seeds so that they’re perfectly nutty and crunchy and ready to add to any Buddha bowl, salad, or nutty dessert.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Calories: 179 kcal
Author: steamykitchen
  • 1/2 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds pepitas
  1. Heat a clean, dry 10-inch pan over medium heat until thoroughly hot. Add pumpkin seeds in one even layer, spreading them out to avoid overcrowding. Toast, in batches if needed, tossing pepitas occasionally, until evenly golden brown and slightly fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes total. Repeat with remaining seeds.

Nutrition Facts
How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.