Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

How to make roasted pumpkin seeds at home. You can even use this method for other winter squashes like butternut squash. Jump to the Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Roasted pumpkin seeds

The first time I ever looked into how to roast pumpkin seeds I was in mid scoop of carving a pumpkin. Is that you, too? Welcome and I’ve got your answer below.

Roasted pumpkin seeds with spices

Halloween isn’t the only time to roast pumpkin seeds, though. They are so tasty, you can do it throughout fall and winter. You can even roast the seeds of other hearty squashes. Think butternut, spaghetti squash and delicata squash seeds. The method stays the same, although you may find the smaller seeds don’t need as much time in the oven.

You May Also Like: How to make homemade pumpkin puree from scratch to be used in your favorite pumpkin recipes.

How to roast pumpkin seeds (and other winter squash seeds)

Don’t throw away those seeds, here’s how we turn them into a delicious snack!

After scooping out the seeds, they’re going to be a bit messy. To clean them, throw them into a bowl of cold water. Swish the seeds around a bit then as they float to the top, take them out.

They’re mostly clean at this point, which is fine because they have one more chance to clean up. Add the mostly clean seeds to a pot of boiling salted water. Then simmer for about 5 minutes. This cleans the seeds and seasons them — like how adding salt to the boiling water seasons 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 the seeds are, the better they will roast.

Spiced pumpkin seeds spread out onto a baking sheet.

Toss the dry seeds with some oil — use olive oil, coconut oil or a nut oil like walnut. Add a sprinkle of spice — we used harissa in the photo, but curry or chili powder are also wonderful. Spread the seeds into one layer and roast until crisp and browned around the edges.

Sprinkle these pumpkin seeds on top of dishes like our Easy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, our Quick and Easy Creamy Vegetable Soup (35 minutes), this 7-ingredient Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or these Creamy Avocado Lime Sweet Potato Noodles (gluten-free).

Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Season pumpkin seeds with almost anything from your spice cabinet. Boiling the seeds in salted water for 5 minutes before roasting helps to clean and season them. Before baking, pat the boiled seeds very dry otherwise they will not brown or crisp.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1 1/2 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 curry powder, harissa and chili powder


    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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

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

    Add cleaned seeds to the boiling salted water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and pull away any remaining pumpkin attached to the seeds.

    Scatter the seeds onto clean dishcloths and pat them very dry. Mound the dried seeds onto the prepared baking sheet. Add the oil and any spices on top then toss until well coated. Spread 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 how large the seeds are.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Harissa is sold in it’s dried form — like curry powder — as well as in jars mixed with oil. We used the dried harrisa spice blend in the photos above. You can use harrisa already mixed with oil and omit the oil called for in the recipe above.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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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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38 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Bob October 29, 2020, 11:54 pm

    Followed the recipe, then seasoned half the seeds With Lawry’s seasoning salt, and the other half with Zehnders Chicken Seasoning(famous, family-style fried chicken restaurant in Frankenmuth, MI).

  • Rita October 16, 2020, 11:03 pm

    After roasting, do you eat these whole or do you crack them like eating watermelon seeds?

    • Adam October 17, 2020, 3:18 pm

      We like to eat them whole but you can crack them to eat the seed inside. Completely your preference.

  • Bobbie Pahl October 14, 2020, 1:17 pm

    Hi everyone happy fall season. I used popcorn seasoning you can chose different flavors to your liking yummy its so good. Wanted to share this with all of you enjoy have a safe happy fall season and happy cooking.

  • Timothy Bullette October 11, 2020, 2:13 am

    Raw pumpkin seeds can be frozen and used anytime to make roasted seeds. A zip loc snack bag holds about 2 cups of seeds, I usually freeze about 12 packages of seeds, and I can roast them anytime through out the year. I visit places that sell pumpkins a day or two after Halloween and get all the free pumpkins I need.

    • Anna October 19, 2020, 6:57 pm

      Would it work to put spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg on them instead of savory or spicy or smoky?

      • Joanne January 2, 2021, 1:09 pm

        Yes, absolutely.

  • Nile Remsing November 25, 2019, 3:53 pm

    I really liked the idea of boiling in salted water. I ll try that and just yesterday did 7 old soggy pumpkins for the pumpkin and seeds. I rinse pat dry after leaving in colander to really drain off and put on paper plate with sea salt and I microwavea minute. Then use a slotted fork and mix gently and put more salt and microwave another minute. Mix again. And how they look may or not put more salt and microwave a third time and let cool off. So sometimes have to microwave a fourth minute not often. Much quicker and dry but not roasted. I got 4 cups. And enough pie purée for three and use lard pie crust I make.

  • Mrs. G October 31, 2019, 5:37 pm

    We used a spice blend of cajun, cinnamon, and seasoned salt. Ghoulishly good!!

  • Bianca October 31, 2019, 9:46 am

    Wonderful recipe! We have gone for fresh garlic and salt seasoning. Delicious ♡

  • Katryna Barnes October 31, 2019, 5:14 am

    Hi, made these after carving our pumpkins – I’ve got loads! My question is, how should I keep them? How long will they keep?

    • Joanne October 31, 2019, 1:47 pm

      Hi Katryna, I’d store them in an airtight container and expect them to last about a week.

    • Nile Remsing November 25, 2019, 3:56 pm

      I put mine in snack bags and hide around the house and dont share with anyone lol. They last all winter or more. Until I remember where they’re hidden.

      • Melisa Osborn October 14, 2021, 3:14 pm

        Haha! I do this as well. My husband will eat them all up so I hide about 6 baggies full & pull them out at random times.

  • Stephanie October 27, 2019, 9:15 pm

    I am still in the process of making this pumpkin seed recipe. To be honest, I did not follow exactly as I had to almost triple the recipe. After gutting our 2 average sized pumpkins for carving, I ended up with 5.5 cups of seeds. I used seasoning salt and smoked paprika for our spices and after pulling out the first batch, OMG amazing crunchy saltiness. I have not had homemade pumpkin seeds since I was a kid, and am thoroughly enjoying munching on these while I wait for the next batch ?

  • Kurt Larkin October 27, 2019, 7:55 pm

    I used this recipe and it turned out terrible. I followed the directions and used Larwrys season salt and I threw them all out. I wasted 2 large pumpkins to try this.

    • Adam October 16, 2020, 12:55 pm

      Hi Kurt, We’re sorry the recipe didn’t turn out as you expected.

    • Natalie October 22, 2020, 4:20 pm

      Next time you could probably just wash them off and try again. It might leave a little salt, but you could just leave that out for the next round

    • Barbie Morris November 2, 2020, 4:13 pm

      I tried this per your instructions as well. They were too soggy after baking then for 25 minutes. I was going to throw them out as well but the next day I decided to bake them again in low heat, I turned the oven down as far as it would go (170°) and put the seeds on the top rack just to dry then out. But first I used non stick foil and used olive oil spray and sprayed the foil and then sprayed the seeds after placing then on the sheet and lightly sprinkled salt on and baked for one hour. They turned out perfect!

  • Jane October 25, 2019, 11:11 am

    I’m almost 60 years old and I have use the same pumpkin seed recipe for about 40 years LOL I just happened to look up a different way last night and I found your recipe !!! If first I wasn’t thrilled because I’ve got 10 pumpkins worth of seeds to do and let me tell you what I just took the first two pans out I did garlic salt and regular salt to start and DHS are absolutely by far the best seeds I have ever ever had !!!!! I can’t say thank you enough and I definitely will be using this recipe every year for the rest of my life thank you so so much absolutely fantastic ♥️♥️♥️

    • Natasha October 27, 2019, 4:51 pm

      Well, gee: had it not been for this comment, I may skipped to another recipe. This is my first go at roasting pumpkin seeds (red kuri seeds, to be precise). Using a homemade taco seasoning to coat! Thanks Jane, Adam and Joanne!

  • Bethanne October 23, 2019, 6:37 pm

    I’ve never boiled the seeds first until now, and this is definitely the best way to do it!

    • Mrs. G October 31, 2019, 5:41 pm

      I’ve never heard of boiling them in salt water either, what a game changer eh!

  • Shirley Soon October 16, 2019, 6:09 pm

    Thanks for your detailed recipe! Sorry, but I couldn’t find the oven temperature for baking the seeds. Could I ask what that would be?
    Thanks! S. Soon

    • Joanne October 31, 2019, 2:29 pm

      Hi Shirley, We bake the seeds in a 350F oven.

      • Linda October 31, 2019, 10:48 pm

        For how long do we cook the seeds for?

        • Joanne November 1, 2019, 12:53 pm

          Bake, stirring the seeds at least once, until fragrant and golden around the edges, 10 to 25 minutes, depending on how large the seeds are.

  • Gupta October 26, 2018, 7:52 am

    Your recipes are superb and I like all of them. Your passion for cooking gives us many ideas. Thanks for the lovely recipes.

  • Ann June 1, 2018, 6:31 pm

    Hello! just discovered your site after looking for how to cook pork ribs, then followed to how to make ketchup, looks wonderful and can’t wait to make that! Found this recipe for the pumpkin seeds, my question, how do you eat them? Can you eat all or do you have to dispose of an outer shell to eat the insides???? like for sunflower seeds.Thanks!

    • Adam September 18, 2018, 3:27 pm

      Eating the outer shell or removing it is completely a personal preference. Some pumpkin seeds have delicate shells and some have thicker shells.


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