Need recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds ideas? If you’ve ever wondered how to roast raw pumpkin seeds or how to prepare pumpkin seeds for eating, I think you’ll be surprised at what an easy recipe this is! Definitely add it it to your Halloween recipes or fall snacks for kids.
Recipe For Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Ideas
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (aka: roasted pumpkin seeds) can be eaten all on their own or they make a delicious topping for salads and soups.
If you’re looking for some good recipe ideas check out these four variations below on how to make homemade pumpkin seeds!
Recipe for Toasted Pumpkin Seeds:
- Fresh pumpkin seeds
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Flavorings like:
- Cajun seasoning
- Cinnamon and sugar
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Dried dill
(see below for full recipe, including how to dry your seeds)
I love roasted pumpkin seeds straight from our Halloween pumpkin.
It’s one of my favorite snacks for Halloween—not to mention, they’re healthy snacks for kids!
However, my husband and daughter don’t share that same love of those toasted, crunchy seeds with salt, which means that they aren’t that excited about sifting through the pumpkin guts to get the seeds out when we do our jack-o-lanterns.
So, one year, I decided to try different pumpkin seed flavors.
My family likes flavored popcorn, so I decided to try flavored pumpkin seeds to see how they like those, too!
And, guess what?
They loved the flavored pumpkin seeds!
I’ve given you the basic pumpkin seeds recipe for salted pumpkin seeds, but I’ve also included different pumpkin seeds seasoning ideas if you want a little more flavoring. (Don’t be afraid to experiment on your own and make a recipe for pumpkin seeds salty and sweet!)
THIS WILL ALSO HELP FOR THE PUMKIN SEEDS RECIPE: How To Dry Pumpkin Seeds
How To Prepare Pumpkin Seeds For Eating
Preparing pumpkin seeds for eating is very simple (and messy).
You’re going to have to get in there and get messy, so prepare yourself (and kids usually have a lot of fun with it, so just put some plastic down and go with it!)
To prepare pumpkin seeds for roasting:
1. If you’re using the pumpkin to carve a jack-o-lantern, carefully cut a round “lid” around the stem at the top of the pumpkin. (If you’re not using the pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern, just cut the pumpkin in half.) Using a large spoon or your hands, scoop out the inside of the pumpkin (“guts” and seeds) into a large bowl.
(Save the pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern if it’s close to Halloween or discard/compost the pumpkin if you’re not going to use it for anything else.)
2. Once the “guts” are in the bowl, separate the seeds from the guts the best you can. Place the seeds into a colander and discard the guts (or compost them).
3. Rinse the seeds until the majority of the pumpkin has been rinsed off.
4. Spoon the seeds onto a paper towel in a single layer. Pat with another paper towel to dry. Let seeds dry overnight.
5. Roast the seeds according to the recipe(s) below.
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Here are my favorite roasted and flavored pumpkin seed recipes.
I’ve given you the basic pumpkin seeds recipe (how to roast raw pumpkin seeds) and then followed it with the pumpkin seeds seasoning recipes if you want to make some of those, too!
Easy Recipe for Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
This is the best pumpkin seeds recipe and includes how to roast pumpkin seeds step-by-step.
(We know the recipe for pumpkin seeds with Worcestershire sauce is popular, so we’ve included that one, too, and also recipes for pumpkin seeds with cinnamon sugar to cover both salty pumpkin seeds and sweet pumpkin seed recipes!)
- 1 Cup Pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin
- 2 Teaspoons Butter, melted (Or olive oil)
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Rinse fresh pumpkin seeds and remove all pumpkin pulp ("guts" and strings). Pat dry with a paper towel. Let dry overnight.
- Heat oven to 325° F.
- Place clean, dry pumpkin seeds in a bowl and toss with melted butter (or olive oil).
- Spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray. Spread seeds onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until light brown and crisp, stirring halfway through.
- Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool before serving.
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS SEASONING
- SPICY ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS: To the melted butter (or olive oil), add ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning, 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and toss with pumpkin seeds. Bake according to directions. After roasting, zest lime on top before serving. Sprinkle with sea salt and a little more Cajun seasoning before serving.
- SWEET ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS: To the melted butter (or olive oil), add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon and toss with pumpkin seeds. Bake according to directions. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon and sugar before serving, if desired.
- DILL ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS: To the melted butter (or olive oil), add 1 teaspoon dill, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and toss with pumpkin seeds. Bake according to directions. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper before serving. (SEE FULL RECIPE FOR AIR FRIED PUMPKIN SEEDS DILL FLAVORED)
Serving Size:1 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
Pumpkin Seeds Recipe paired with From Seed to Pumpkin Children’s Book
And, you know, we always like to pair up a great recipe with a cool children’s book and this book is perfect to go along with your recipe for making pumpkin seeds:
The book uses simple language to describe how a farmer uses a pumpkin seed to grow pumpkins.
At the end, there’s a recipe (roasted pumpkin seeds!) and a science experience.
It’s also an excellent illustration of how plants grow in general.
Listed Book Age Range:4-8 years