Pumpkin Seed Dip

Turn those tasty green pepitas into a spiced dip to serve with veggies, seafood, and more.

Pumpkin Seed Dip in bowl with shrimp and lime wedges on the side
Photo: Jacob Fox
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
about 1-1/2 cups


  • 8 ounce raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Vegetable dippers and/or cooked shrimp


  1. In a 12-inch skillet toast pepitas over medium heat, stirring frequently, until seeds begin to pop and turn golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Reserve 2 Tbsp. seeds.

  2. Heat oil in same skillet over low. Add jalapeño pepper, garlic, and cumin; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until softened.

  3. Transfer jalapeño mixture to a food processor or blender; add toasted pepitas, 1/4 cup of the water, the lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Cover and process or blend until it is a thick puree, stopping and scraping sides as necessary. Add enough of the remaining 1/4 cup water until dip reaches desired consistency.

  4. Cover and chill. Just before serving, top with reserved pepitas. Serve with vegetable dippers and/or shrimp.

To make ahead:

Dip can be made up to 3 days ahead. Place it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. If dip thickens, stir in 1 to 2 Tbsp. water until desired consistency before topping with reserved pumpkin seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

128 Calories
12g Fat
3g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 164mg 3%
Folate, total 11.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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