Fresh Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

4.80 from 5 votes

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

A close up of pumpkin seeds.

The countdown for Halloween and Thanksgiving is on and about our home, there are pumpkins galore.  Last weekend while at the cottage a kind friend dropped by with some pretty big pumpkins that were transformed into crazy, freaky-looking jack-o-lanterns throughout the afternoon.  To my pleasant surprise, thanks to the resourceful thinking of our friend Lane, we procured a couple of cookie sheets full of delicious and warm, freshly roasted pumpkin seeds as well.

boys with a pumpkin.

Roasted pumpkin seeds

While our seven-year-olds busied themselves on the picnic table on our front deck, I was occupied with processing two large grocery bags of tomatoes, compliments of a work colleague.  The boys were excited to be carving pumpkins and their jubilation elicited fun memories of my own childhood days of making jack-o-lanterns.

A group of people carving pumpkins.

Intermittently as I peeked my head out the door to check on the boys, I heard chuckles, ooos, ahhs, and squeals of delight as the scary facial features began to form on the pumpkins.  It wasn’t long it seemed, the two youngest members of our clan were no longer alone – a couple of bigger boys had joined them, with pumpkins of their own.  Everyone was taking part in this seasonal rite of fun.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

By the end of the afternoon, there was a new troop of orange-colored sentries guarding our small cottage, with varying degrees of silliness and fright carved upon their faces.

three different pumpkin desserts.
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Thanks to our visiting friend, on both accounts, there was also a a fresh supply of delicious pumpkin seeds to snack on, warm and crunchy, and directly from our own kitchen oven.  If you are carving pumpkins in the next few days, consider saving the seeds  for roasting for even further enjoyment.   Fresh roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious and even full of some great nutrients.

a plate of food.

Fresh Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

4.80 from 5 votes
Inspired by Lane
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • Fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Rinse pumpkins seeds with cold water and allow to drain.
  • In large mixing bowl, toss seeds with oil.
  • Add remaining ingredients, adjust quantities to personal preference.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Serve immediately and store leftovers in airtight container.


Use caution to not over-salt. These seeds seem to have an inherent saltiness that is brought out by the roasting process.


Calories: 208kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 778mg, Potassium: 276mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Okay, you’re getting me in the mood for fall! I love it! (My kids have been ready for pumpkins and Halloween since last year!)

    1. This is such a fun and delicious treat for fall. I hope you try it soon! Thanks so much for visiting Platter Talk.

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds like so much fun! Almost makes me wish that our children were kiddos again! We carved pumpkins many a year but didn’t roast the seeds. They look delicious!

    1. Thank you, Linda. I hope you try these sometime. I think you will love! Thanks so much for the kind comments here on Platter Talk.

  3. Isn’t fall just the best!?! I’ve never actually roasted the seeds either, but after seeing this, I think I’ll give it a go this year! ?

    1. We love fall for many reasons and the autumn food that comes out of our kitchen is right at the top. Thanks so much for stopping by Platter Talk!

  4. 4 stars
    Even though our kids and grandkids live far away, my hubbie and I love roasting pumpkin seeds just for us! Not only are they a nutrient-rich snack, but they are delicious in salads and as a crunchy topping for soups and casseroles. Thank you for showing us how easy it is to make these in our own kitchens. Beautiful blog post and photos as usual!

    1. Thanks for the great comments, Linda. These are easy, healthy, and addictive. Not a bad combo. 🙂

  5. Your post brought back fun memories of carving pumpkins with my kids. I love pumpkin seeds but harvesting and cleaning them to roast, oh vey as they say! Kudos for the patience to do them. They of course are terrific to snack on.

    1. Ashley,
      Thank you very much! I hope you get to pop one or two of these between your teeth, before the snow flies!!

  6. Sounds like a really fun day! I haven’t roasted pumpkin seeds in forever, and absolutely need to again. What a great snack they are! Good stuff – thanks so much.

    1. It was a fun day! Great memories for the boys, big and small. Thank you for the comments, and have a great week!

  7. Roasting pumpkin seeds are a favorite Fall activity of mine so I love this post. I cannot get enough of snacking on pumpkin seeds! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Pamela –
      This was my first time roasting these delicious seeds, it won’t be the last. Happy fall!! Thanks for the comments!