Roasted Pumpkin Seeds



Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds



Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Roasted pumpkin seeds are certainly one of my all time favorite fall treats. Who doesn’t love that lightly salted nutty flavor? These pumpkin seeds are perfectly seasoned with a touch of Cajun seasoning and a pinch of cayenne. They aren’t spicy, they’re just right.

We typically have several pumpkins that we roast for making our homemade pumpkin puree, which, of course, we use in just about everything from muffins and pancakes to souffles and ice cream. Obviously, frugal mom that I am, I would never think of letting the seeds go to waste. In fact, the seeds are one of the best parts of the pumpkin and, as an added bonus, they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients. What a great way to enjoy a healthy snack!

If you’ve ever had the pumpkin seeds you can buy in the store, be prepared for a real treat when you roast your own. They’re a delicious and nutritious snack, that will put any store bought pumpkin seed to shame. Best of all – they’re incredibly easy to make.




Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, preferably Kosher salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
pinch of cayenne


    Preheat Oven to 300˚ F
  1. Clean most of the strings and pulp off the seeds; leaving a little will add flavor, but make sure the big chunks are removed.
  2. Place the seeds in a large bowl and toss with melted butter and seasonings. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for approximately 45 minutes, tossing every 10 to 15 minutes. When the seeds are just starting to take on a light golden color, remove them from oven. Cool. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!




How to Make Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Roast Seeds on Tray
Roast Pumpkin Seeds on Baking Tray



Toss the seeds frequently as they are roasting. This will help ensure that they brown evenly. When the pumpkin seeds are a light golden brown color, they’re ready to be taken out of the oven. Don’t let them get too dark, or they’ll take on a burnt flavor. Definitely not what you’re looking for. The seeds should be dried, and crack easily.

You can crank up the heat a bit by adding a little extra cayenne or eliminate it altogether if you prefer. You can even experiment with some of your favorite flavors and come up with your own custom seasoning for your pumpkin seeds. Try pepper, cumin or a smokey paprika.

Pumpkin seeds make a wonderful fall treat. They’re a great guilt-free indulgence.



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