Best Guide On How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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The best guide on how to perfectly roast pumpkin seeds! Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder make these pumpkin seeds a crunchy, savory and addictive snack.

pumpkin seeds in a bowl

Of course, in case you haven't figured it out by now, I am not crafty and I do not come from a crafty family. We are foodies, thru, and thru. At the end of the day, we carved pumpkins with one goal in mind: roasted pumpkin seeds.

Over the years, I've perfected the crunchy, savory, addictive snack.

I love the month of October for so many reasons but carving pumpkins with my dad definitely ranks up there.

Liz Scooping Seeds from Pumpkin
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Every fall, sometime between my birthday and Halloween, he would gather me and my sisters and we would all head out to the driveway. When we saw the big round pumpkins and the piles of newspapers, we knew it was time.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

We would lay the paper out on the ground to collect all of the seeds and grab the biggest metal spoon we could find in the kitchen for scraping. My younger sisters would use the protective kiddy knives and eventually I was able to use a real chef's knife. The leaves were bright orange, the air smelled like wood-burning stoves and it was cool enough to wear a jacket but not too cold that you needed gloves. It was perfect.

Liz Carving Pumpkin

5 Steps to prepare and roast pumpkin seeds

Total Time: 40 minutes


Get a paring knife or get a pumpkin carving kit and cut the top of the pumpkin

Scoop and Rinse

Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon & rinse in a colander under cold water.Liz Rinsing Pumpkin Seeds


Soak the seeds in saltwater. You do this to make the seeds easier to digest and ensures the slimy stuff is off of them.


Boil the pumpkin seeds- this is to ensure even baking.boiling pumpkin seeds

Season and Bake

For 15-20 minutes

Pumpkins at Farmers Market - The Lemon Bowl

The Easiest Guide on How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Tips on how to make the best pumpkin seeds:

  • Heavier pumpkins = more seeds. It's a labor of love and these crunchy, salty seeds will be eaten in no time so I always suggest getting the heaviest pumpkin you can carry.
  • Boil the seeds first to ensure even baking. Since the inside of the pumpkin seed takes longer to cook than the shell, boiling them in a bit of salty water ensures a crispy pumpkin seed that won't be burnt.
  • Season them any way you wish. We grew up tossing them in a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. You can use just salt and pepper or kick them up a notch with curry powder and cayenne. The options are endless.
Liz Eating Pumpkin Seeds

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do pumpkin seeds need to dry overnight before roasting?

No. I would just pat them down with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

What toppings can I add to pumpkin seeds?

Garlic powder
Cinnamon and sugar
Salt and Pepper
Onion Powder and Seasoning Salt
Chili powder with some lime and salt

How do I get the slimy stuff off the pumpkin seeds?

Soak them in water and it comes off pretty quickly.

How long can pumpkin seeds be stored for after roasting?

Up to 7 days in an airtight container

Are pumpkin seeds good for you?

Yes! They are a good source of fiber and other minerals.

Whole Pumpkin disposal

When you're done with the inside of a pumpkin don't throw it in the trash! As long as all the pumpkin seeds are removed you can smash it up and leave it in the woods- it will compost naturally. Deer will eat it. For more pumkin disposal ideas visit this page.

Favorite pumpkin recipes:

The Best Guide to Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Whatever you do, I encourage you to grab the family, head out to the driveway, and make some delicious memories.

No forks required.

📖 Recipe

The Best Guide to Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Best Guide On How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

4.2 from 40 votes
The best guide to oven roasting pumpkin seeds! Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder make these pumpkin seeds a crunchy, savory and addictive snack.
PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 40 mins
Servings: 6



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bring a small pot of salty water to a boil and add pumpkin seeds. Boil for 9-10 minutes then drain. Carefully pat pumpkin seeds with paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
    boiling pumpkin seeds
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (olive oil through cayenne). Add pumpkin seeds to the bowl and toss until evenly coated.
    Seasoning Pumpkin Seeds
  • Spread seeds in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Roast in the oven until crispy, 15-20 minutes depending on oven.
    Roasting pumpkin seeds in a pan


Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 6.1gProtein: 7.1gFat: 15.2gSaturated Fat: 2.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12.4gSodium: 420mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 0.4g
DID YOU TRY THIS RECIPE? Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!

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47 thoughts on “Best Guide On How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds”

  1. I have yet to try it but many say that they have to be completely dry even left overnight to do so before roasting. How dry should they be when it is stated pat dry...and if i wanted to leave them sit for awhile in between since they can be hard to pat dry, what would you reccommend?

  2. what is the olive oil used for? I don't see you reference it in the instructions. Is it used in the worstershire mixture. It says to mix from worstershire to cayenne pepper. The olive oil is listed before the worstershire.

  3. My son and I cleaned out the pumpkin tonight and he has never tried the seeds. I am going to make them with salt and with cinnamon and sugar to see how he likes them best, if at all. I am also taking the rest to my preschool class for a taste testing. Thank you so much for the step by step. I have always just winged it.

  4. The very first pumpkin seeds I proudly "harvested" as a child I discovered got moldy soon after although I had thought I had dried them enough in the sun before putting them in a jar. Never thought of roasting them nor did I know one could eat them ...

  5. Yum! We love pumpkin seeds! Super idea of worcestershire with garlic powder--kind of a Chex Mix-y flavor.

    Question: has anyone ever tried roasting them in a microwave? I put a bowl of acorn squash seeds to soak one night (I was trying soaking them in salt water before roasting to see if it made them crispier) and that night our oven door ended up breaking so we don't have a functioning oven currently. Or maybe a flat electric griddle? Would love any tips from someone who's tried a non-oven method!

      1. I'm not Dave, but under tip #2 it does say "slaty" instead of salty. He could have been a little more helpful and pointed it out specifically so you could correct it.

      2. I love pumpkin seeds and have just realized that I have never made them for my husband. I am going to buy a pumpkin today!!

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