Here’s how to cook pumpkin the simplest way—plus a selection of delicious pumpkin recipes, from our Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie to pumpkin spice pancakes!
How to Cook a Pumpkin
- First, scrub the outside of the pumpkin with a vegetable brush to remove any dirt.
- Cut the pumpkin in half and use a spoon to scrape out the fibers and the seeds. A serrated grapefruit spoon works great for this.
- Cut the pumpkin halves into smaller pieces, then place them skin side up in a shallow baking dish.
- Add water to just cover the bottom of the dish, and cover tightly.
- Bake in a 325ºF oven until the pumpkin is fork tender. The time will vary depending on the size of your pieces.
- Let it cool, and then either cut off the peel or scoop out the flesh.
Tip: For pumpkins that you’re not cooking right away, keep them cool but not quite as cool as root crops. If you have a coolish bedroom, stashing them under the bed works well (just don’t forget about them). They like a temperature of about 50 to 65ºF.
- Pumpkin Cookies: When you purchase a pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern, buy an extra one and make these tasty, light-yellow cookies.
- Pumpkin Pancakes: For a tasty twist on the ordinary, try our seasonal pancake recipe.
- Crunchy Pumpkin Seeds: Classic, tasty, crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots: A prize winner in The 2010 Old Farmer’s Almanac Pumpkin Recipe Contest.
- Pumpkin Harvest Soup: Savor this savory soup on any cool autumn evening.
- Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie: Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin pie? And this one is really good—it’s not called “blue ribbon” for nothing!