Pumpkin Seeds Two Ways – Sweet and Spicy

After readying your pumpkin for carving, don't toss the seeds! Bake them into a fresh Autumn treat that's so yummy, it won't last long! Just separate the seeds from the pulp, place in a colander, and give them a quick wash. Here is an easy recipe for sweet or savory roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin seeds

Sweet Seasoning Mix


  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt

Spicy Seasoning Mix


  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning (optional)


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add pumpkin seeds and boil for 10 minutes (boiling softens the shells and plumps up the seeds making the toasted seeds crisp and not tough).
  3. Dry fresh pumpkin seeds for 24 hours by laying on baking sheet at room temperature with good circulation.
  4. Heat oven to 350°F
  5. Toss seeds with flavor profile ingredients.
  6. Spread on baking sheet in a single layer. If making both recipes, keep separate on baking sheet (or mix them if you like a surprise in each bite!)
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate sheet, and bake another 5 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
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5 out of 5 stars Oct 24, 2020
Why do you boil them? We never boiled them......
Parrish Nored from AL
Owner Response: Hello, Boiling softens the seed and shell, making them less sharp and more pleasant to eat.

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5 out of 5 stars Oct 24, 2021
This process would make it possible to make my own seeds rather than buy them already shelled. I usually only eat the seed itself and find the shell unpleasant to eat. The boiling must be the key to making the whole seed and shell eatable. Thanks for sharing.
Joy from MO
Owner Response: Hi Joy, You are correct--boiling softens the outer hull, making it much better for snacking.

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