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roasting pumpkin seeds recipe

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds is one of our favorite fall activities! Save the seeds when carving pumpkins to make roasted pumpkin seeds for a delicious snack.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author The Gunny Sack


  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-3 tsp seasonings or spices of choice


  • Cut the top or bottom off of the pumpkins using a sharp kitchen knife or a serrated knife meant for cutting pumpkins.
  •  Use the flat edge of a sturdy spoon or spatula to scrape the pulp away from the pumpkin.
  • Scoop out the pumpkin seeds leaving behind as much of the pulp as possible.
  • Put the seeds (and any of the pulp still sticking to them) into a large colander. Put the colander in an empty sink under running water. While rinsing the seeds, separate the pulp from the seeds and remove it.
  • Pour the seeds into a large pot. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain well before roasting.
  • Put the drained pumpkin seeds into a bowl. Stir in olive oil and seasoning or spices of choice.
  • Pour into a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. When roasting pumpkin seeds of more than one flavor, use aluminum foil to make divided sections in a large rimmed baking sheet. Put one flavor in each section.
  • Bake the pumpkin seeds at 375˚F for 25-30 minutes, stirring and turning the seeds every 5 minutes, until golden and crunchy.
  • Store in an airtight container or ziptop bag at room temperature or in the refrigerator.



  • Savory pumpkin seeds options include Cajun seasoning, chipotle, dill, parmesan, powdered ranch, garlic, sea salt, seasoned salt, black pepper, rosemary, oregano, or cayenne pepper.
  • Sweet pumpkin seeds options include brown sugar or granulated sugar with cinnamon, cocoa powder, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cloves, or ginger.
  • Add additional flavor try one of these options: melted butter, lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup or honey.