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The Perfect Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe

Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe

One of the joys of carving a pumpkin is sticking your hands in the gooey, slimy middles or “guts” of the pumpkin. I remember loving that feeling as a kid and secretly, I still love it as an adult.

 It seems like a waste to throw out all those seeds and they taste great if you roast them. Did you know pumpkin seeds are full of zinc? Before you season, you must know how to roast. I have the perfect Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe to share with you all. As a bonus, you will also learn about different ways of seasoning them in this post.

Roasting pumpkin seeds to perfection is certainly an art in itself! But it is certainly not hard. It only takes 15-20 minutes of time in the oven to be on your way to a delicious snack!

Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe

Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe

To roast pumpkin seeds, you will need

Pumpkin seeds

A cookie sheet

A pot for boiling



1. First, clean the seeds of any pumpkin “goo” in a colander in the sink.

2. Boil your seeds for 10 minuets over medium-high heat. Since the insides of the seeds cook faster than the outer shells, this will ensure they roast evening in the oven.

3. Drain and dry off your seeds. Place evenly on a cookie sheet and evenly coat with a light amount of  olive oil. Salt lightly if you desire. Bake at 325 Degrees F for 10 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and flip seeds. Allow to bake for another 5-10 minutes. Take a seed out and test it for crispiness. Remember, the seeds cook slower on the outside than the inside, so make sure your insides are not burning.

5. Remove from tray to cool.

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Now that you know the basics for roasting, lets look at different ways you can season them.

Cinnamon sugar

This needs to be done after, with salt omitted. Just combine ground cinnamon and some sugar and coat seeds.

Salt and pepper seeds

Simply add black pepper to your seeds before roasting, leaving the salt on as well.

Hot pepper seeds

Combine 1 tsp chili powder, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp onion powder and ¼ tsp chipotle powder in a bowl. Toss your seeds in this mixture before roasting.

BBQ seeds

Use BBQ seasoning rub and kosher salt to create this delicious snack

Pumpkin pie spiced

1 tsp nutmeg, 2 tsp sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon and ¼ tsp cloves. Combine and toss your seeds in this before roasting.

Eastern Curry

Use 1 tbsp yellow curry, 1 tsp chili powder and ½ tsp dry dill. Combine and toss.

Ranch seeds

Add a packet of dry ranch mix and toss your seeds in that.

Sweet and Spicy

1 tbsp sugar combined with ½ tsp chili powder and a squirt of lime.

Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe

There you have it! Hope you enjoyed my Roast Pumpkin Seeds Oven Recipe. As you can see, roasting perfect pumpkin seeds this Halloween season is now easy. Flavoring it your way? No problem! Try these different seasonings out and let me know which flavor is your favorite!

P.S: Want to learn more about celebrating Halloween in style? Head on over to my ultimate Halloween round up!



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    Jaime @ Slightly Steady
    5 October, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Yum!!! I love roasting pumpkin seeds, but I definitely need to try some of your variations!
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    5 October, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds!
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    Sisters Playing House
    5 October, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Yes yes yes – we are doing this in a couple weeks after we make our yearly visit to a pumpkin patch. I am going to do a post on different seasonings too! Thanks for you suggestions.
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    Missy Homemaker
    5 October, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I had no idea you were supposed to boil the seeds first. We can’t wait to get our pumpkins to do just that.
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    5 October, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I used to eat pumpkin seeds a lot as a kid! Great Post!
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    Heather Johnson
    6 October, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I love roasting pumpkin (and squash) seeds. I like just salt or seasoning salt on mine.
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    working mama
    6 October, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    this is cool.. i have a friend who loves pumpkin seeds i’ll share to her this how to steps

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    Jenn @ Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
    17 October, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I need to try the cinnamon and sugar!!! Thanks for sharing!
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