Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

My roasted pumpkin seeds recipe is super simple, and they taste amazing! Use this recipe for pumpkin seeds or seeds from other winter squash, like butternut squash.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe Video

The first time I looked into how to roast pumpkin seeds, I was carving a pumpkin. Is that you, too? Welcome. I’ve got you covered. This is my favorite method for how to roast pumpkin seeds!

For more pumpkin recipes, see our homemade pumpkin puree (it’s easy), which you can use in this pumpkin pie, maple pumpkin butter, or pumpkin spice latte.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Please don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds! Use our recipe and turn them into a delicious snack! After scooping out your seeds (they will be messy), we need to clean them of all those stringy bits.

To clean your pumpkin seeds, throw them into a bowl of cold water. Swish the seeds around the bowl, then remove them as they float to the top. They’re mostly clean now, but we have one more chance to clean them up.

Next, add the mostly clean seeds to a pot of boiling salted water and simmer for about 5 minutes. This step cleans the seeds even more and seasons them (like adding salt to the boiling water to season pasta).

Simmering pumpkin seeds before roasting them.

Drain and rinse the seeds. Pull away any extra bits of pumpkin left, then dry them as well as you can. The more dry your pumpkin seeds are, the better they will roast in the oven.

Toss the dry seeds with oil (use olive oil, coconut oil, or a nut oil like walnut). Add a sprinkle of your favorite spice blend. I used harissa in the photo, but curry powder, pumpkin spice, or chili powder is also excellent. Spread your seeds into one layer and roast them in a 350°F oven until crisp and browned around the edges.

Roasting pumpkin seeds with spices on a baking sheet

By the way, Halloween isn’t the only time to roast pumpkin seeds. You can do it throughout fall and winter or swap the pumpkin for other winter squash, such as butternut squash, spaghetti squash, or delicata squash. The method stays the same, although you may find the smaller seeds don’t need as much time in the oven.

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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This is my favorite method for roasting pumpkin seeds. The secret is simmering your pumpkin seeds in salted water for 5 minutes before roasting, which helps to clean and season them. Before roasting, pat them dry, otherwise, they will not brown or crisp.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1 ½ cups pumpkin seeds

2 teaspoons fine sea salt, plus more for serving

2 teaspoons olive oil, melted coconut oil or nut oil like walnut

2 teaspoons your favorite spice blend such as pumpkin pie spice, curry powder, harissa or chili powder

Directions

    1Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

    2Fill a medium saucepan with 2 cups of water and season with 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil.

    3Meanwhile, scoop the seeds from your pumpkin. Add the pumpkin seeds to a bowl filled with cold water and swish them until they float and are mostly clean.

    4Add the cleaned seeds to the boiling salted water. Simmer for 5 minutes.

    5Drain and pull away any remaining pumpkin attached to the seeds.

    6Scatter the seeds onto clean dishcloths and pat them very dry.

    7Mound the dried seeds onto the prepared baking sheet. Add the oil and spices, then toss until well coated.

    8Spread the seeds into one layer. Bake, stirring the seeds at least once, until fragrant and golden around the edges, 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of the seeds.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Storing: Allow the roasted seeds to cool, then store them in an air-tight container. They will last this way at room temperature for a couple of weeks and in the freezer for a few months.
  • Can you eat pumpkin seed shells? We enjoy the shells and love that they add some extra fiber. If you don’t like the shells, you can always hull them after roasting. I usually do this by biting into the seed and using my teeth to crack the shell.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 2 tablespoons / Calories 105 / Protein 5 g / Carbohydrate 2 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 9 g / Saturated Fat 2 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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61 comments… Leave a Review
  • Rusty Icepick December 21, 2023, 11:26 pm

    I’d like to respectfully suggest that instead of scooping the seeds with a spoon or the like that you use a large fork with more space between the tines. I’ve been baking cucurbits seeds from squash and pumpkin seeds for a few seasons and have found that using a large fork will leave most of the pulp in the squash. Then continue processing as above.

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  • Tammy November 13, 2023, 6:22 pm

    I have never boiled my seeds before and found that step very helpful in making the seeds more tender. I used 2 teaspoons of real butter and sea salt. I baked at 350 for 25 minutes like your recipe called for and there was no crunch so I raised the heat to 425 like I do when I roast vegetables. Baked another 15 minutes and these were the best seeds I have ever roasted.

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  • Cherie November 9, 2023, 5:16 pm

    Great!!!

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  • Mary Walentovic November 2, 2023, 4:10 pm

    Yummm! I made several spice seasoning!! Plain salt, cooked until a bit toasty, ghost pepper and chili pepper, and cinnamon and sugar for the kiddos!!

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  • Diana Zammetti November 2, 2023, 7:37 am

    I just followed your recipe, the only thing diff i did was not use the oil instead i spread butter/marg on the cookie sheet then added my seasoning then the seeds then i add more seasoning on the top of the seeds then bake as directed. 350 for 25 min.. Yum😋!

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  • Hope Santonocito October 31, 2023, 11:46 am

    This recipe was perfect! The video was step by step and flowed very quickly. There is nothing I hate more that watching a video for a recipe and saying “come on, get to the next step”. I just want to make the recipe. I did subscribe because it was easy and to the point. Thank you!

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  • Carrie October 31, 2023, 12:18 am

    These came out wonderful! My 6 year old said they are “better than chips!”

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  • cat October 26, 2023, 9:17 am

    The pumpkin seed recipe sounds good. I’m going to try it. Thanks!

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    • Joanne June 7, 2024, 5:54 pm

      We hope that you do! So happy you found us.

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  • Bridget October 15, 2023, 8:42 pm

    An easier recipe than I have made before. I used cinnamon and a little cayenne seasoning on mine and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Talon October 14, 2023, 10:51 pm

    I soak mine in hot sauce and a little water over night before drying and roasting. Adds a nice kick

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    • Joanne June 7, 2024, 5:54 pm

      Fun! Great suggestion.

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