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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: A Tasty Snack for Halloween

Updated on September 24, 2017

Which Pumpkins are the Best?

Big pumpkins actually have stronger tasting seeds than small sugar pumpkins, but you can use sugar pumpkins to cook a variety of dishes while you only use the big pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. If you have a big pumpkin growing in your garden, now is the perfect time to cut it up! Add this as a Halloween Tradition! Eat some super yummy roasted pumpkin seeds while carving your pumpkin.


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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: one cup


  • 1 tbsp. each cumin, paprika, garlic, black pepper
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. After removing seeds, wash and soak them in water for half an hour to remove excess pumpkin, drain them and then spread out on a paper towel to dry.
  2. Once dry (this usually takes about a day, but they don’t have to be totally dry), combine olive oil with cumin, paprika, garlic salt and pepper in medium sized bowl. Add seeds and stir to coat.
  3. Spread seeds on baking sheet and bake in oven set at 250F for 30 minutes


Once cool, eat this up handfuls at a time. If you don't want to add Cumin, there are other spices that blend well together for this. A very small amount of Chili powder, and Cayenne Pepper are great choices. After you make this once, you can decide if you like it with more spice or less.

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      Erin Buttermore 4 years ago from Laconia

      Thank you so much for the comments! I am glad that everyone likes this recipe! Minnetonka Twin those ideas sound great I can't wait to try them.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Erin~I have my pumpkin seeds baking right now. I love all the spices you mix together. I usually use Lawry's Season Salt for my first batch and Ranch Dressing Seasoning Powder for the second. The kids like the variety. Thanks for giving me new ideas. I'm sharing this recipe so people can see it today. Happy Halloween Erin. Boo!

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 4 years ago

      Up! Useful recipe.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      I love roasted pumpkin seeds! I also tried roasting summer squash seeds this past fall and they turned out pretty good:)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I love pumpkin seeds and the spices you use in this recipe sound amazing. Can't wait to try it. Happy New Year!

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      Daddy Paul 5 years ago from Michigan

      I like this these spices.