How to cook pumpkin in the oven

If you’ve ever wondered how to cook pumpkin in the oven then this is the right recipe for you. I adore pumpkin and it always surprises people how easy pumpkin is to cook. Pumpkin is a wonderful vegetable and apart from using it for Halloween, it’s a great ingredient to use for meals and sweet dishes too. In this post, I will go through how to cook pumpkin in the oven and how to cook pumpkin cubes.

Delicious, hearty, and festive pumpkin dishes are staples in the colder months. You can buy canned pumpkin in stores, but there’s nothing like the amazing aroma of roasting pumpkin at home. If you’ve never cooked pumpkin yourself before, don’t be intimidated, this is an easy recipe for how to cook pumpkin in oven.

Top Questions

What is the best way to cook pumpkin?
What equipment do I need to cook a pumpkin?
Can I freeze cooked pumpkin?
Is pumpkin puree the same as pure pumpkin?
How long does it take for pumpkin to soften in oven?
Do you peel a pumpkin before roasting?

how to cook pumpkin guide - pumpkin on a chopping board with green foliage behind

Why you’ll love this how to cook pumpkin recipe

Learning how to cook pumpkin is easy. It’s the first step in making lots of delicious dishes and you can either cook your pumpkin in the oven or cube it up first. It is so easy to cook a pumpkin in the oven. All you need to do is take your pumpkin, remove the seeds and place face down on an aluminium-lined baking tray. Cook a pumpkin in the oven; once it’s cooled you can use it for pumpkin cakes or pumpkin savoury dishes. The list is endless.

Pumpkin is a hugely versatile vegetable and can be used in a range of things including cakes. Think carrot cake but instead with pumpkin. Muffins and chocolate cake also work very well with mixed-in pumpkin puree.

For savoury dishes, oven cooked pumpkin is a great vegetable to use in a traybake with sausages and onions. It also tastes really good on a puff pastry sheet with chorizo. If you think of it like a sweeter potato or squash it can easily be adapted into those recipes.


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Pumpkin is a versatile, nutrient-rich vegetable that can be cooked in a variety of ways. For those who want to add it to their fall recipes, oven-roasting pumpkin is a delicious and simple way to bring out its natural sweetness. You only need your pumpkin to cook pumpkin cubes in the oven.

How to cook pumpkin in the oven – step by step

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Yay it’s pumpkin season and it’s time to roast pumpkin.

cut open pumpkin showing the flesh

Being very careful slice the pumpkin in half using a sharp knife.

scoop out the pumpkin ready to roast.

Scoop out the seeds from the centre of the pumpkin. You can save the pumpkin seeds if you want to toast or roast them.

pumpkin halves face down on a baking tray ready to roast.

Line a baking tray or sheet pan with aluminium foil. Place the pumpkin cut side down.

roasted pumpkin

Bake in the oven for about an hour until the flesh is soft. Leave to cool and then turn over to slice or scrape out the flesh.

If you want to make puree, scrape the flesh out of the pumpkin (photo above). If you want to keep it in chunks, slice gently and allow to cool.

Top Tips

You can freeze the pumpkin once it is cooked in the oven. Pop it in a freezer-proof container or freezer bag. This works best for puree as it stays soft.

Be careful when cutting the pumpkin as they are tricky to cut before you cook the pumpkin.

Allow to cool fully before scraping out the pumpkin flesh.

For a small pumpkin, I would recommend cooking the pumpkin cubes for 45 minutes.

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Savoury Pumpkin recipes

Use the cooked pumpkin cubes in a tart or roast them again with a little rub of salt, pepper and herbs. This goes so well with a roast dinner and is knowing how to cook a pumpkin is easy.

Pumpkin Puree

Once the pumpkin is cooked in the oven you can easily turn it into a puree. The puree can be used for cakes, bakes and of course the iconic pumpkin pie. If you want to make a puree you can either use a fork on the roast pumpkin to make a thick chunky puree. If you want a smooth puree, put it in a blender and pulse until the pumpkin is smooth.


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Substitutions and variations

Pumpkin with cinnamon

Cook a Pumpkin in the oven and add cinnamon, these are a famous combination. Adding pumpkin pie spice uses a lot of cinnamon and it really does produce a lovely taste with the earth flavour of the pumpkin.

Follow the recipe below for how to cook your pumpkin in the oven. Then once it’s cooked you can cube or mash the pumpkin to a puree. It’s at this point you can toss the pumpkin in a mix of cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices or mix it in as you puree it. Cinnamon is a great spice and definitely one I would recommend using.

Storing home roasted pumpkin/ Making ahead of time options

Freezing roasted pumpkin

Having created lots of oven-cooked pumpkin I have divided it up into 200g portions and put some in the fridge and some in the freezer to use later. With what was left I have turned into brilliant recipes after popping the cooked pumpkin into the blender to make puree.

Your pumpkin cubes cooked in the oven will last for a few months in the freezer if properly stored. Make sure you place it in a freezer safe Tupperware or freezer bag.


What is the best way to cook pumpkin?

The best way to cook pumpkin is in the oven. I really believe that roasting pumpkin gives the best results. The finished roast pumpkin can be used in a variety of dishes from sweet to savoury.

What equipment do I need to cook a pumpkin?

You don’t need any equipment to cook a pumpkin. The main items you will need for the preparation are a chopping board and a knife to cut the pumpkin in half. Then just a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

To cook the pumpkin you only need an oven and a baking tray. Plus aluminium foil as there will be some sticky juice that comes out which is much easier to collect in the silver foil. Anything to help reduce washing up right!

Can I freeze cooked pumpkin?

Yes, you can freeze cooked pumpkin or baked pumpkin. It’s a lovely way to use leftover pumpkin and get ahead and cook it before you need it. Pop the cooked pumpkin into a freezer-safe bag or container.

Is pumpkin puree the same as pure pumpkin?

Yes, pumpkin puree is pure pumpkin. Especially if you make it at home. You know it will be 100% pumpkin with no added extras. Of course, you can add flavours to your pumpkin puree. Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice of course are brilliant things you can add.

How long does it take for pumpkin to soften in oven?

Pumpkin takes about an hour to soften in the oven. This does depend on the size of your pumpkin though, smaller pumpkins will soften quicker. Usually in about 45 mins. Just keep an eye on the pumpkins so they don’t burn.

Do you peel a pumpkin before roasting?

No, you don’t need to peel a pumpkin before roasting, you will however want to scoop out the seeds. These can be dried to make a light snack.

Other Pumpkin Recipes you might like

Pumpkin Hand Pies – Easy Halloween Hand Pies

Pumpkin with the addition of iconic pumpkin pie spices is wonderful, and these pumpkin hand pies are an absolutely delicious Halloween party food. Plus when you eat these Halloween hand pies you really don’t think you’re eating a vegetable pie. Hidden vegetable level treats achieved. These pumpkin pies can be either

Pumpkin Traybake Cake – Easy Halloween Pumpkin Cake

In this pumpkin traybake (pumpkin sheet cake) I create a beautiful light pumpkin sponge cake which is a perfect base for a yummy Halloween cake. The soft pumpkin puree with spices, within the soft sponge cake, adds a lovely moist texture and flavour to this perfect Autumn / fall cake.

Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

If you love pumpkin pie then this easy chocolate pumpkin tart takes it to the next level. A simple chocolate tart recipe with only 5 ingredients, this recipe is a perfect Halloween dessert. A chocolate pumpkin pie is the best way to use your pumpkin puree for a delicious fall dessert.

Pumpkin Brownies (UK recipe)

These pumpkin brownies are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The mix of fudgy chocolate brownie and pumpkin is a match made in heaven. These pumpkin pie brownies are a perfect Halloween dessert and a great way to use up your leftover pumpkin from pumpkin carving.

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How to cook pumpkin – how to roast pumpkin

Sisley White
Pumpkin is so easy to cook at home. Pumpkin is a wonderful vegetable and apart from using it for Halloween, it's a great ingredient to use for meals and sweet dishes too. In this post I will go through how to cook pumpkin and how to perfectly roast pumpkin.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Servings 1 pumpkin
Calories 354 kcal


  • 1 pumpkin medium to large size


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 356ºF / Gas mark 4.
  • Cut the pumpkin in half. Be careful as it can be a tricky job.
  • Scoop out the seeds and strands in the middle of the pumpkin. (You can keep the seeds if you want to roast/toast them)
  • Add a layer of aluminium foil to the baking sheet / baking tray. Place the pumpkin halves inside side down.
  • Pop the pumpkin halves in the oven for 1 hour until soft. If you want to make pumpkin puree cook for a few minutes longer. Check regularly from 45 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before scraping out the inside of the pumpkin. The skin may separate from the flesh but that is absolutely fine.



•1 hour is usually perfect for a medium pumpkin. A large or extra-large might need a little more time.
•Store in a covered bowl or container in the fridge for 5 days.
•Perfect to use for cakes, muffins, traybakes, pies and of course savoury dishes too.
•Freezes well for up to 6 months.


Calories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 14gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 4624mgFiber: 7gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 115777IUVitamin C: 122mgCalcium: 286mgIron: 11mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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11 thoughts on “How to cook pumpkin in the oven”

  1. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to give this a try! Great way to get fresh pumpkin purée. Perfect for the fall! Definitely saving this to my bookmarks!

    • Cinnamon and pumpkin are two flavours that are a match made in heaven. I couldn’t cook a pumpkin without some of it turning into puree with a dash of cinnamon.


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