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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting Halloween pumpkin seeds straight out of the pumpkin is simple and easy. You can use a variety of seasoning options based on your flavor preferences.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 Pumpkin Seeds from average size
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Can substitute butter)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt (to taste)


  • Wash the pumpkin "guts" off the seeds. After separating the seeds from the stringy pulp, place them in a colander and rinse under water. 
    Cleaning pumpkin seeds from stringy guts
  • Dry the seeds: Spread the seeds out in a single layer to dry completely. You can spread them on a towel and dry with a towel, but be warned they will stick! Another option is to wait for them air dry. (Recommended) 
    rinsed off pumpkin seeds
  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Mix dried pumpkin seeds with olive oil, salt and garlic salt on baking sheet. Mix well and add more seasonings as desired for taste.
  • Spread the seeds out into a single layer on the baking sheet and place in oven at 325 for between 5-20 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size of seeds. Check on seeds every 5 minutes and stir each time checking for burnt seeds.
  • When seeds begin to brown, remove them from oven and let cool.
    roasted pumpkin seeds in a bowl


How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds Tips

• Yes you can eat the out shell after the pumpkin seeds are roasted in the oven. The shell becomes crispy and easier to chew.
• You can substitute Pam spray instead of Olive oil and a salt substitute for healthier versions of roasted pumpkin seeds.
• The pumpkin seeds can burn quickly once they begin to brown. Check on them regularly and stir frequently.
• Pumpkin seeds recipes are very flexible. You can give Lawry's seasoned salt or any other favorite seasoning a try if you want. Just remove the salt and garlic salt from the recipe and add your own seasonings.
• Feeling lazy? You don't have to get ALL the orange pieces off your pumpkin seeds. The little pieces of pumpkin will add a little flavor once they are roasted.