Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

I have always liked a good toasted pumpkin seed, so when I started realizing that my butternut squash plant was producing like crazy, I googled whether or not their seeds were good to eat. Seeds are so nutricious, and I now had so many of them!

The hardest part about this recipe is certainly the acquiring of clean seeds from the mountains of orange slime inside each squash. This website made me feel so much more sane as I was doing it, and includes a recipe for the seeds themselves: http://toriavey.com/how-to/2012/10/all-about-butternut-squash-how-to-peel-seed-slice-and-prepare/ I doubt I would have attempted this at all, if it weren’t for the advice to submerge the seeds in water, which was essential to getting the slimy orange goo off.

I used paprika, salt, and garlic once I had tossed the seeds with butter, and toasted them until there was a decent bit of char on them. I thought, as I often do, that I might have ruined them, but they were light, crisp – really much better than pumpkin seeds, which tend to retain an internal chewiness. These were like popcorn, in the sense of being completely crisp and airy.

I packaged them up in a tupperware container and accidentally left them in my car on the way to work, where I discovered that they are the perfect snack for when you are going home but you are already hungry after work. I would eat enough to be less ravenous  but stop in time to still want my dinner once I got home – a rare and wonderful combination. The allure of fast food always goes down when I have some kind of snack, and these fit the bill perfectly. Like popcorn, I also enjoyed them while watching movies with Husband. Overall, a great and easy treat if you are making butternut squash anyway!

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16 comments on “Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

  1. Great idea. I will have to try that. Feeling bad for throwing so many away now 😦

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  2. Christina Nifong says:

    Great tip!!

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  3. Excellent! We make butternut squash soup almost every week and always wondered what I could do with the seeds! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely give it a try.

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  5. This looks so delicious!! Fall perfection!

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  6. I think the seeds of squash and pumpkins sometimes taste better than the flesh. Thanks for the reminder!!

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  7. I always do this with Halloween pumpkins with some soy sauce (it goes like a sticky glaze) but never thought of doing it with squash! Thank you!

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  8. This is such a great recipe for me especially as I need protein 🙂 This is the perfect snack for a powerful combo of protein and fiber. I can’t wait to try this! (I’ll probably burn it like I burn everything lol)

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  9. Romina says:

    I love butternut squash, I’ll definitely try this next time instead of chucking the seeds away.
    Thank you x

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  10. Ill have to try this the next time I cook butternut squash. I’ve always thrown away the seeds in the past…

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  11. Definitely going to try these. Thanks!

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  12. aikopup says:

    ooohhh sounds so good going to have to try!

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  13. abhajhablog says:

    Very innovative ,surely even tasty.

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