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A healthy, simple, yet deliciously moreish snack. It's also a great way of making use of the leftover seeds from Halloween pumpkins. Pumpkin seeds are drizzled with oil, sprinkled with salt and then baked to perfection.

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 275g raw whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:45min ›Ready in:50min

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
  2. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a medium baking tray. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted.

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by Tracy

I've been toasting pumpkins seeds for many years using this method - with only minor changes. First, I do not rinse the seeds at all - just get the big hunks of pumpkin and strings out - a little pumpkin on the seeds gives it flavor! Second, I spray my cookie sheet and seeds with Pam. Third, I've never measured the salt, just sprinkle salt as if you were salting fries to your own taste. (You can always add more after they're out of the oven) Fourth, I prefer a little cooler oven - 300 - and just wait until they smell fantastic and just barely golden brown. (45 mins to an hour) Turn the oven off and let them stay in the oven another 45 mins or so. Mmmmm.....-31 Oct 2007

by Noeller67

Our pumpkin seeds turned out perfect! However, we did boil them first in heavily salted water until they all turned grey (about 20 minutes) then spread them on a cookie sheet, drizzled some olive oil over them and sprinkled about 1 T of sea salt. We stirred the seeds every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning - they'll get too brown fast so watch them!-29 Oct 2007


Try this recipe with cinnamon, sugar, and salt. The salty-sweet mix is excellent! Also, instead of cooking oil, I used non-fat cooking spray to make it lighter. That worked just fine!-15 Oct 2002

Pumpkin Seeds with Seasoned Salt

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We’ve found yet another use for everyone’s favorite pantry staple by tossing it with roasted pumpkin seeds.

What to buy: We used raw pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitas) for this recipe. You can also use the seeds left over from carving a pumpkin or roasting squash. Just collect the seeds, rinse them in a strainer to remove the pulp, and thoroughly pat them dry. They may take a few minutes longer in the oven, depending on how fresh they are.

Game plan: The seeds are best fresh from the oven but will last up to 5 days stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

This recipe was featured as part of our 10 Ways to Spice Up Pumpkin Seeds photo gallery.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds

This isn't your average roasted pumpkin seed recipe — it's even better! These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds are on a whole other level. They aren't simply roasted and sprinkled with salt like in the traditional version. This fall recipe calls for spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger along with a homemade caramel-like mixture. After one bite, you'll be carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns all autumn long just to turn the crunchy seeds into this delicious dish. It's a great snack or appetizer for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Cooking Vessel Size Baking sheet and large skillet

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Seasoning Variations

Salted pumpkin seeds are a classic, but why not add some of fall’s best flavors? Here’s a few combinations to try.

  • Sweet Cinnamon: Melted butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Garlic Parmesan: 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/4 teaspoons salt.
  • Pumpkin Pie: Melted butter, 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice and 3 tablespoon sugar.
  • Smoky BBQ: Onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, a bit of sugar, and olive oil.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt

Don’t throw out those pumpkin seeds! Roast them for a nutritious treat!


  • Pumpkin Seeds From 1 Medium Pumpkin
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
  • 2 teaspoons Sea Salt, Divided


Thoroughly wash pumpkin seeds in a colander with warm running water. Dry the seeds as much as you can by rubbing with a tea towel.

In a large Ziploc bag, drizzle olive oil, melted butter, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add pumpkin seeds to the bag, seal it, and shake until seeds are coated. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet, sprinkle with remaining sea salt, and bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Oven temperatures vary so check your seeds often. You may need to roast for a few minutes more or less.

Remove from oven and enjoy not only the deliciously salty taste but also the nutritional benefits!

Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

You know what I love most about Halloween? It isn’t the candy.

It isn’t the cute little ones dressed up like super heros and princesses.

Nope. Roasted pumpkin seeds are my jam and this Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe with it’s salty smoky flavour is as addictive as all the sugar in your kids candy bag!You can make pumpkin sees a million different ways – salty, sweet, spicy, plain, dill pickle flavoured… you get the picture. But I prefer recipes using simple everyday spices.

Pumpkin seeds are full of fibre and good fats but I like mine to be salty like an alternative to roasted nuts or popcorn. I actually only make them this time of year because pumpkins are impossible to find after Halloween but I have been told you can also roast squash seeds and they will taste pretty much the same.

Since I have squash on my most disliked foods list I am limited to pumpkin season only to enjoy this roasted pumpkin seeds recipe. If you are a squash lover please give this recipe a try and let me know if it works out just the same.

The hardest part of making this recipe is separating the raw pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin insides. Not really a hard task as much as it is gross and tedious. A small price to pay for the silver lining of having a bowl full of crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds to munch on later.

Once separated rinse vigorously in a colander to clean the seeds and remove any of the extra pulp still attached. Then I like to dry my seeds overnight on a clean dish towel. I find this helps to give them some extra crunch when I roast them the next day.

This roasted pumpkin seeds recipe is a little salty so I wouldn’t go as far as to call this a supremely healthy recipe but pumpkin seeds in general offer a boat load of nutritional benefits.


  • Pumpkin seeds are a good source of healthy fats and protein which aid in weight loss by helping to keep you feeling full for longer
  • They are a good source of calcium and magnesium which is essential to bone formation and density which helps to ward of osteoporosis in women often associated with menopause
  • The fibre in the pumpkin seed shells is said to help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease
  • Pumpkin seed shells are high in zinc which metabolizes nutrients, maintains your immune system and grows and repairs body tissues

So there you have it… that pumpkin you just spent an hour carving has a nutritious crunchy treat waiting within! All you need to do is spend another bit separately those darns seeds from the pile of pumpkin insides. But it is so worth it!

Our pumpkin seed recipe is very basic. If you’re looking to add spice and flavour to your seeds, here are 16 great pumpkin seed recipes to inspire you. Personally, I think the garlic-parmesan and the salted caramel ones sound divine.

Here’s our simple pumpkin seed recipe to get you started.

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The ever coveted Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In our area you can only get pumpkins right before Halloween. For some reason even though on Halloween Day there are Hordes of Pumpkins everywhere in the stores the day after Halloween they are all gone.

Taking with them the precious Pumpkin Seeds. I don&rsquot know why stores don&rsquot carry pumpkins longer!

Especially since we still have Thanksgiving coming up! You know you can&rsquot have Thanksgiving without the traditional Pumpkin Pie (even though I do not like pumpkin Pies. . we still have to have one).

But I digress&hellip the Pumpkin Seeds are my Favorite part of the entire Pumpkin. And seeing as I can only get them during Halloween Season they are also my favorite part of Halloween for me too.

Yes, I know you can &ldquobuy&rdquo processed pumpkin seeds year round, but they just aren&rsquot the same!

So I wanted to share with you, our favorite Recipe for Roasting your pumpkin seeds that make a most delicious Snack food: and to help prevent any one ever &ldquotossing&rdquo those precious seeds out again!

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe and Tutorial

STEP 2: The Pumpkin seeds Float, thus making it easier to separate the Seeds from the &ldquopulp&rdquo of the Pumpkin. Place all seeds in a strainer and discard the pulp. Rinse the seeds, and lay them out on paper Towels and pat dry.

These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds are the most addicting snack of all times! The perfect balance between sweet, salty and crunchy madness!

The arrival of a new season always brings the desire for new foods and flavors. And because our taste buds are directly connected to our memory of time and place, we start to crave those delicious fall flavors that comes with the traditional activities which takes place this time of year.

These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds are the most addicting snack of all times! The perfect balance between sweet, salty and crunchy madness!

But don&rsquot believe me, see for yourself&hellip.

The great thing about this recipe, in my experience, is the fun family tradition that takes place around this time. Raising my kids, one of our favorite memories in the kitchen was roasting pumpkin seeds that was messily carved from a giant pumpkin. Then washed, rinsed and put to dry and finally roasted with salt and oil, while the whole kitchen smelled like heaven.

This beautiful tradition is repeated year after year, throughout many homes.

While there is usually plenty of seeds to let the little ones toss and play to acquire their first cooking experiences, set aside a large batch because you are about to try the salted caramel pumpkin seeds way!

I am warning you, it&rsquos a real treat!

There are two ways to go about with this recipe. You can roast your pumpkin seeds as you like, lightly salted (the you-go-girl way) OR you can buy lightly salted roasted pumpkin seeds (the lazy-me way). I bought my seeds already roasted, not because I am lazy as I do like to cook everything, but because it&rsquos a bit early to start carving pumpkins. As much as I love the whole tradition thing I can only take that kind of mess once or twice.

Once you have your seeds figured out everything else is quick, easy and fun.

This means that you are only 10 mins away from taking a first bite into your next favorite snack!