I really enjoy this roasted pumpkin seeds recipe. It is one of my favorite snacks to eat during the Fall. They are crunchy, salty, and healthy as well!
Getting together with my friends a few days before Halloween is one of my favorite traditions. We usually have pizza and then carve pumpkins. I love carving pumpkins!
This stranger things pumpkin carving has got to be one of my all time favorites.
One thing that is awesome, is we always have tons of pumpkin seeds leftover. Pumpkin seeds are also known as “pepita.” I love saving the seeds and making roasted pumpkin seeds. They are so easy to make, and taste amazing! If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
In order to make roasted pumpkins seeds at home, you need just a few ingredients:
- Pumpkin seeds – You can’t make roasted pumpkin seeds without the pumpkin seeds.
- Oil – You can use canola, vegetable, olive, coconut, avocado, etc. You can also use butter!
- Seasonings – Some optional seasonings include garlic powder, nacho cheddar cheese popcorn seasoning, and ranch popcorn seasoning.
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
Step 2: How to make homemade roasted pumpkin seeds
Begin by preheating the oven to 300 F/150 C. If you haven’t cleaned off the pumpkin seeds yet, do that now. Remove them from the stringy pulp that might be stuck to them. They can be a little slippery to grip, so it takes a little time to separate them.
Put the seeds in a colander or other strainer and rinse the seeds. Then pat the seeds dry with a clean towel. Of if doing this beforehand spread them out on a sheet pan to air dry. It’s okay if there are a few strings of pumpkin guts here and there, they actually will add a bit of flavor.
Place the washed and dried pumpkin seeds into a bowl. Then add the oil and a few shakes of salt. Stir the seeds to coat them evenly.
Now add any other seasonings. They stick better if you add them now. But you can always add more later after the pumpkin seeds are roasted. Some of my favorite seasonings to use are the popcorn seasonings powders and garlic powder.
You can also add something like chili powder or cayenne pepper to give them some heat.
Step 3: Roast those pumpkin seeds
Spread the seeds out on a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. You can get away with just using the pan, but may want to spray it with cooking spray, even if the seeds are coated in oil.
Bake them in the oven, middle rack position, for 15 minutes, then remove them and stir them. Then back in the oven for 15 more minutes, stir, then back in the oven for 15 minutes. Until they are nice and golden brown.
Remove the seeds from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Then add additional seasonings if you like, and serve. Enjoy!
How long do roasted pumpkin seeds last?
If stored in an airtight container after they are cooled, they will last a few months in the fridge. Or they will last about a week or so at room temperature.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- baking sheet
- parchment paper or silicone baking mat
- 1 cup roughly pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp. of oil canola, vegetable, olive, etc
- salt to taste
- garlic powder optional
- nacho cheddar seasonings optional
- ranch seasonings optional
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. (148C) Then take your seeds and rinse them off removing as much pumpkin guts/stings, etc, as possible. Then make sure to dry them.
- Next place them in a bowl and add 2 tsp. of olive oil, canola oil, melted butter, etc. Use a spoon or fork to make sure the seeds are nice and coated.
- Now add your seasonings. I like to add salt and garlic powder and sometimes popcorn seasonings like ranch or cheddar cheese. You may want to add chili powder or cayenne pepper for some kick. Maybe some smoked paprika as well.
- Spread out the seeds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, those aren't necessary but I always like to use them.Now bake them at 300 F for 15 minutes then remove the pan and stir the seeds. Repeat that a few more times until nice and golden brown on the edges. Let them cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a serving dish. Add more seasonings as desired. Enjoy!
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