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Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in 10 Quick Steps

Updated on November 17, 2017

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Snacks for 4 people


  • 1 Pumpkin
  • 1 tsp Sea salt, fine grain
  • 1 tsp Oil, (canola or olive oil)

Step 1: Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

  1. Using this method, we will be cooking the seeds rather quickly, around 5 minutes. Optionally, you can set the oven at a lower temperature, like 250 or 300 degrees, and then cook longer, anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the temperature. Higher temperature equals shorter cook time.

Cut Top Off Pumpkin

A serrated blade works well on pumpkin.
A serrated blade works well on pumpkin. | Source

Step 2: Cut the Top Off

The first thing you're going to want to do, is cut the top off the pumpkin.

To get started:

1. Lay out some newspaper on the counter to work over.

2. Place the pumpkin on the newspaper.

3. Use a sharp knife and cut in at an angle. A serrated blade works well.

4. Cut a large circle, all the way around the stem as shown.

5. Once it's cut all the way through, lift the section of pumpkin out by the stem.

Cut Open Side of Pumpkin

Bright orange pumpkin is fresh.
Bright orange pumpkin is fresh. | Source

Bad Pumpkin

Ewww...if your pumpkin looks like this, throw it away. There's nothing you can do to salvage it.
Ewww...if your pumpkin looks like this, throw it away. There's nothing you can do to salvage it. | Source

Step 3: Cut Open Pumpkin

There are many ways to go about getting seeds out of a pumpkin. This is one of the easiest ways.

Slice the pumpkin from the top, down though the side, in two places, several inches apart so you can take a large slice out as shown.

If you have a good pumpkin, the inside will be a bright yellow-orange color as shown here.

Bad Pumpkin

If you've waited too long to cut open your pumpkin in hopes of harvesting the pumpkin seeds, and if the inside is turning brown....

Throw it away!

If your pumpkin is rotten inside, there isn't anything you can do other than throw it away.

Pick Seeds Out

Step 4: Pick Seeds from Pumpkin

Pick the seeds out of the pumpkin and place them in a colander.

Try to avoid pulling the flesh out when pulling the seeds out. It will make cleaning the seeds easier.

Pumpkin Seeds in Colander

Pat Seeds Dry

Pumpkin Seeds on Baking Sheet

Step 6: Rinse Pumpkin Seeds

Once you have picked all of the seeds out of the pumpkin, rinse the seeds well.

If you placed all of the seeds in a colander while you worked, then they're all ready for rinsing.

Step 7: Dry Pumpkin Seeds, and Oil

Dry the pumpkin seeds off so there's not a lot of excess water.

One easy way to do that is to rub them with a paper towel while the seeds are still in the colander. If there's a little bit of flesh still attached, it may come off on the paper towel, and that's ok.

Step 8: Oil the Pumpkin Seeds

After you've dried off the pumpkin seeds and while they are still in the colander, lightly oil the seeds. An easy way to do this is to hold the colander over the sink and spray with spray-on cooking oil, such as Pam olive oil. Just spray lightly.

Step 9: Spread Seeds on Baking Sheet and Salt

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This paper is GREAT! It's not the same as wax paper, and contains no wax. It will prevent the seeds from sticking to the baking sheet, and the paper won't burn even at 350 degrees.

Be sure to spread the pumpkin seeds out so there's just one layer.

An easy way to do this, is to pat the seeds with a spatula.

Sprinkle salt (to taste) on the pumpkin seeds. I prefer sea salt, fine grain.

Bake Pumpkin Seeds

Baja Gold Super Fine Sea Salt

Baja Gold Sea Salt - Super fine
Baja Gold Sea Salt - Super fine

This is one of my newest favorite seasonings. Yes, it's salt, but my nutritionist tells me it is a variety with lots of naturally occurring healthy minerals that other salts don't have. And this super fine variety is the BEST for coating pumpkin seeds, popcorn or any snack. It doesn't sprinkle as easily as some salts so you should buy a good shaker for it and really stir it into your snack well to coat it evenly.


Step 10: Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Time to roast the pumpkin seeds!

Put the cookie sheet in the oven. In this example, we placed it on the bottom shelf in the oven.

Set a timer for 5 minutes.

When the timer goes off, check the pumpkin seeds. They should be a light golden brown. If you like them a little darker, put them back for another minute or two.

Keep a good eye on them so they don't burn!

Finished Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds in the photo below are perfectly toasted and crunchy. Lightly salted...perfect!!


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are so tasty on a cold fall or winter day, and these are really fun to make with the kids.
Freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are so tasty on a cold fall or winter day, and these are really fun to make with the kids. | Source

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© 2011 Amber Killinger


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      Jithu 3 years ago

      I was given a I was given a pumpkin from work & I hated to waste it. I serached my cookbooks for a pumpkin pie recipe starting with an actual pumpkin. There wasn't any. Undaunted, I cut open the pumpkin, dug out the seeds & used a big knife to cut it into chunks, then sliced the hard skins off, boiled the flesh. Then pureed the cooked pumpkin, added the other ingredients and baked the pies. They were very good,looked store bought. I didn't think about baking them.PS: The canned pumpkin is much easier

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      Tonny 3 years ago

      Pumpkins seeds should have been stertad already indoors before the last hard frosts . So you are running late you could follow the regular directions but Germany is pretty far north, so your growing season will end earlier than mine. I am in zone 7 now parts of Germany are zone 7, but parts are also zone 6 and although you will not be getting much colder than my area, I am farther south, so your winter will start earlier. Pumpkins take a long time to ripen! So I would ask around to find out when your first killing frosts happen in the fall (which will end your growth pumpkin season, even though the pumpkins themselves can handle some frosts and snow.) The work backwards from that frost date and check the days to maturity on your seed pack to see if you have a chance to still get some pumpkins off that plant before the frost kills the vines.If that works you need to put them in well-draining soil in full sun and water them well. Check the soil to be sure there is a normal Ph and adjust the nutrients or fertilize as requried.Down here in the southeastern US, we need to have some shelter from the sun for the plants, but if they get too much they will mildew on the leaves due to our high humidity at least you should be able to just put them right out in a sunny area and they will grow!Good luck!P.S. unless it is a misprint or bad translation for frost , froth is that foam on the top of a freshly tapped or poured beer!

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      Amber Killinger 4 years ago

      So glad you enjoyed this article. It's that time of year again and we're getting ready to buy our pumpkins to make roasted pumpkin seeds. They're so yummy!

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I love seeing other people's recipe's for pumpkin seeds. I'm making my seeds right now. I have never used parchment paper~what a great idea. I also never dried the seeds while still in the colander. I make it hard by dumping them on a cutting board and dabbing with paper towel. Your way makes more sense. I'm sharing this so people can use it today. Happy Halloween. Boo!