Pumpkin Seeds in 5 Easy Steps!

It’s no surprise that it’s pumpkin season and some of us are carving away at our pumpkins trying to come up with cute and creative decorations for the fall. Well, you know what they say: “Don’t throw away those seeds!” Truth be told, I haven’t been a pumpkin carver for long, but if there’s anything I’ve learned about pumpkin carving, it’s to not let the delicious pumpkin seeds inside go to waste. They make a healthy snack that is downright addicting. Not to mention, you can make them in 5 simple and easy steps…

Around this time last year, my co-blogger asked “What is the RIGHT way to roast pumpkin seeds?“and I have to tell you, this is it!

For those of you who prefer the text version, here is the recipe:

Easy Pumpkin Seeds

These are the best pumpkin seeds I have ever tasted and they were so easy to make!


1-2 Tbs. sea salt
enough water for soaking
2 C. pumpkin seeds
cooking spray


While carving your pumpkin, collect the seeds in a separate bowl or colander. Try to remove as much of the stringy pumpkin goop from them as possible.

Place seeds in strainer or colander and rinse of all excess pumpkin goop. Salt the bottom of a small bowl. Pour in some pumpkin seeds. Top with more salt. Continue to layer pumpkin seeds and salt. Fill bowl to top with water and let seeds soak overnight.

The next day, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread soaked seeds onto baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.

More Pumpkin Seed Recipes:
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds

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  • http://chewonthatblog.com Josh

    That look good! I am jealous.

  • http://dishingupdelights.blogspot.com Esi

    I just roasted some pumpkin seeds yesterday! I cheated though and bought the raw kind :)

  • Sarah B.

    I have never heard of soaking pumpkin seeds in salt water over night. I wouldn’t be able to wait a whole day to eat those delicious treats!

    I just carved my pumpkin this past Sunday and roasted up some seeds. They are delicious! I used seasoned salt instead of regular salt for a little more flavor.

    Happy Halloween!

  • http://agoodappetite.blogspot.com kat

    I make these every year but never soaked them, what does it do for them?

  • http://www.recipe4living.com Hillary

    The pumpkin seeds were definitely delicious, thanks everyone!

    Sarah – I usually am not very patient with waiting for food either but luckily I was making these with a friend and they were soaking at her house! :) Great idea with the seasoned salt.

    Kat – Soaking the seeds seems to accomplish two things: 1. It flavors the seeds, acting kind of like a marinade to give that sea salt flavor all the way through. 2. Soaking the seeds prevents them from burning when you bake them. We baked them until they became dry.

  • http://www.teczcape.blogspot.com/ tigerfish

    As I bought my green tea pumpkin seeds off the shelves, I am thinking when to add the green tea powder when making it at home. It seems… maybe.. to sprinkle some salt and green tea powder to season, after baking the seeds, might be it?
    Or maybe soaking them overnight in green tea? Hmmmm…..

  • http://simplyscrumptiousfoodie.com Jessie

    great idea! I love pumpkin seeds too

  • http://www.sweetsfoods.com/ Gera @ SweetsFoods

    Excellent info because I’m big fan of roasted pumpkin seeds!!



  • http://asinglestepblog.blogspot.com/ Mama_B

    I love pumpkin/squash seeds. I have never tried soaking them either. If I have an abundance this year I may do it with some of them. I’m thinking of flavouring them with sour cream and onion popcorn seasoning, too. I’ve tried chile powder nad cumin, which is nice. I’ve heard salt, sugar and cinnamon are good too.

  • Cora

    Boiling the seeds in heavily salted water (about half a cup of salt per large pot of water) for about 20 minutes saves the de-gooping and soaking steps and seasons both the hulls and seeds perfectly for roasting.

  • http://www.lifestrends.blogspot.com mikey

    A great and informative post, thanks so much for being so kind as to sharing your interests, knowledges and experiences on pumpkin seeds

  • Cora Judd

    I boil the seeds in salted water for 15 minutes and slow dry them in a hot oven (200 degrees). It’s tidier, faster and the salt permeates the hulls this way. It’s not gourmet cooking but they’re tastier than store-bought

  • http://howtocookpumpkinseeds.net Julia

    Very nice recipe, will definately try. Pumpkin seeds is absolutely one of my favorites!

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