Quick and Easy Way to Roast Pumpkin Seeds {Including 6 Delicious Flavors!}

One of my favorite things about Halloween and carving pumpkins is roasting the pumpkin seeds when we are done.

I have tried a couple of different ways to get them roasted how I like them, and this is my favorite. It is quick and easy and most importantly, crispy! You can make a couple of different flavors just from one patch of pumpkin seeds. In our house, we carve at least two pumpkins to get enough seeds to last us for a snack for a week or so.

how to roast pumpkin seedsLet’s get Roasting!

First: Get the oven preheated to 425 degrees.

Second: Clean the seeds. This includes pulling all the pulp off and separating all the seeds. Rinse them in a colander really well to get all the sliminess off the outside of the seed

Third: Boil them for 10 minutes. This has been the key to getting crispy and cooking faster in the oven, don’t skip this step!

Fourth: Rinse and lay out a single layer on a paper towel and pat dry. This will prevent them from being soggy.

Fifth: Add seeds to a mixing bowl. Add a tablespoon of olive oil (depending on how big your patch is. You want just enough to lightly coat them) and then add seasonings. These measurements are for about 1 cup of seeds

Seasoning ideas

  • 1 dried Ranch packet – this is my favorite!!
  • 1 teaspoon Salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper – for something simple
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 teaspoon garlic powder – for a little something extra
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika – for a savory flavor
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of salt – for a sweet snack
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, pinch of salt and pepper – for a sweet and spicy treat

Lastly, lay out a single layer on your greased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20mins. Stir 1/2 way in between.

They are done when they are looking crispy! If they are a little soggy let them sit out to cool off for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!! Happy Fall!

Robyn Bruno
Robyn is a New Orleans Native, mom to Anthony (5), Scarlett (4), and Violet (0). She has been married to her husband, Joseph, for 11 years and currently resides in Metairie. She went to Dominican, later graduated from LSU, and after found a passion for real estate where she now is an Associate Broker for Mirambell Realty for the last 14 years. When she’s not touring homes and neighborhoods, she’s chasing her kiddos, living vicariously through them, and exploring the city. She’ll never pass up an opportunity to eat crawfish, loves a good cup of coffee, an ice cold Purple Haze, is hoping to get her running shoes back on again soon.


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