Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a savory seasonal treat, and super easy to make, too! We've collected 10 of the tastiest pumpkin seed recipes around to get you started! Be sure to check our tips for easy pumpkin seed clean-up, too!
Pumpkin Carving Memories
When I was a kid, pumpkin carving was always a big night at our house. Dad would give me a piece of paper to work out the details on – mouth, eyes, nose – and then we would trace my drawing onto the front of the pumpkin.
With a few sheets of the Oregon Journal covering our kitchen table, Daddy would cut the top and pull it off, and then he and I would degut the pumpkin together while my mom watched. (She didn't like the feel of pumpkin guts and left that part entirely to us.)
Then Dad would help me carve the face, letting me hold the knife and showing me how to carefully cut each angle and line, all the while entertaining me with a steady string of Halloween dad/teacher jokes.
- What do ghosts put on their cereal? (Booberries!)
- What kind of pants do ghosts wear? (Boo-jeans)
- What happens when a vampire goes out in the snow? (Frost-bite)
I remember being so excited when our Jack-o-lantern was done!
Mom would put some aluminum foil in the bottom of the pumpkin and set a white candle inside, and Dad used a long-handled match from our fireplace to reach down in and light the candle. When the candle was lit, Daddy put the lid on the pumpkin and dimmed the front room lights, and then we stood back and watched the candle dance inside.
That was the best, best, best part of Halloween.
The trick-or-treating was fine, and the candy was great too, but that moment when we lit our pumpkin – that was Magic!
Nowadays, a lot folks are painting their pumpkins or covering them with glitter and such, but not me. As long as I can manage it, there will be a Jack-o-Lantern on my porch – glowing warmly and filling the night air with the scent of warm pumpkin.
The scariest thing about Halloween "back in the day"? Trying to breathe under those masks! (Also, I was four or five in this picture, and I have no idea what motivated me to draw a beard on my Jack-o-lantern, but there it is.)
The Easiest Way to Clean Pumpkin Seeds
Once the pumpkin is cleaned out and you have a pile of pumpkin seeds, it takes just a few minutes to make a delicious treat for the whole family!
Roasted pumpkin seeds are quick and easy to make, but before you can roast any pumpkin seeds, you need to clean them up.
I used to cringe just thinking of having to clean off all those sticky seeds - until I learned this simple trick! Now, cleaning off the pumpkin seeds is a snap!
- First, carve out your pumpkin. Remove the pulp and seeds together onto a clean baking tray.
- Separate as much of the pulp as you can by hand. ("As much as you can" really means as long as you can stand it. For me, that's about a minute. Pumpkin guts make my hands itch.)
- Get a big bowl and fill it halfway with water.
- Put the seeds into the water - pulp and all - and start squishing them around with your hands. The pulp will sink to the bottom, and the seeds will rise to the top. Easy peasy.
Top 10 Best Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a savory seasonal treat, and super easy to make, too! We've collected some of the tastiest pumpkin seed recipes around to get you started!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Boil & Roast)
This is the Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe as boiling, then roasting makes the outer shells perfectly crunchy, palatable and delicious. This versatile healthy snack won’t hang around for long so you’ll be making it again and again!
Crunchy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – don’t know what to do with the seeds after you carve that pumpkin? Create a healthy crunchy snack with the seeds. Easy and delish!
Sweet & Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
You are going to love the sweet and salty addictiveness of these Sweet and Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!
Sweet Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
These sweet salty roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack to make after carving pumpkins. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty and cinnamon flavor.
Chocolate Lovers Roasted Seeds
Transform the seeds inside winter squashes into a crunchy snack with these cocoa roasted seeds.
Sweet Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
This sweet and spicy roasted pumpkin seed recipe is a delicious snack with amazing health benefits - Sweet Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Sweet Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
Sweetened pumpkin seeds roasted on the stovetop and coated in pumpkin spice (or cinnamon) and sugar!
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds
These Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds are the most addicting snack of all times! The perfect balance between sweet, salty and crunchy madness!
Amazingly Easy Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds!
Air fryer pumpkin seeds are roasted perfectly in no time. Add seasonings for a healthy snack everyone loves.
Honey-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Why just roast & salt pumpkin seeds when you can make them sweet, salty, & sensational. Honey-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are an easy sticky & crunchy recipe everyone will love.
We love all those pumpkiny, fall flavors! Here are a few of our favorites:
Have you ever tried Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin? Overflowing with savory fruits, nuts, veggies, and whole grains and complete with pumpkin gravy, it makes the perfect vegetarian centerpiece for your holiday table.
Planning on doing some fall baking? Be sure to mix up a batch of our fresh Pumpkin Spice Mix. (It's so easy to make!) And our easy-to-make Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Scones are truly scrumptious!
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This is PERFECT timing. We carved our pumpkins last night and have a huge tray full of clean pumpkin seeds and was looking for recipes this morning. Now to narrow it down. Maybe some sweet chili for me, and some salted caramel ones for the kids? Thanks for all the great ideas!
I hate the texture and smell of carving pumpkin and pumpkin guts, but I have no problem enjoying pumpkin seeds in all the ways you listed!!
Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife says
Sweet family memory 🙂 I mostly remember the candy! We never really ate pumpkin seeds when I was a kid but these all look really tasty!
Elaine @ Flavour and Savour says
I have fond memories of that moment when the pumpkin was lit, too! Now I love watching my grandkids eyes light up when the candle is lit. Thanks so much for including my pumpkin seed recipe in this round up! So many great ideas to check out.
Jessica @ Delicious Obsessions says
Thank you for the link love! 🙂
Renée ♥ says
I love all things coconut, so when I saw your Cinnamon Coconut Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, I just had to include them in my round-up!!
Tami Von Zalez says
I never did wear one of those gawd-awful masks!
Popped by from SITS Girls Throwback Thursday.
Renée ♥ says
You don't know what you missed!! (Lucky you!)
Rabia @TheLiebers says
Your beautifully written memory of pumpkin carving brings back some similar memories for me. Thank you. I'm also pinning your seed roasting ideas because I always seem to mess them up.
My Halloween memory post for the SITS Blogtober challenge is here: http://www.thelieberfamily.com/2011/10/halloween-2011.html
Renée ♥ says
Thank you for the kind words, Rabia! I checked your post - adorable costumes!! (I'm a little partial to that little grey mouse.)
Brandi Hegerty says
I had to pin the pumpkin seed recipes!! And you were just being creative with your pumpkin! 🙂 I found you thru Throw Back Thursday, and I hope you have a super, fun, and safe Halloween this year.
Renée ♥ says
Thanks for stopping in, Brandy! I hope your Halloween is boo-tiful too!
alice chase says
Lol! I remember those plastic masks!! We would be sweating on the inside but loves those characters. My favorite costume like that was my Strawberry Shortcake one. Thanks for all the great ideas for pumpkin seeds too! Glad to have found you through SITS today 🙂
Love the old retro costume - so cool. Those masks were crazy! Can't breath - lol
Thanks for the tips on the pumpkin seeds - I love them but never tried the flavored ones. I will check out some of these ideas.
Stopping by from SITS 🙂
Renée ♥ says
I remember that costume so clearly. I could hardly see and barely breathe - its was not nearly as much fun as it looked like it would be in the store!
Amy @ Mommy Rodeo says
SO glad to have found your blog on SITS today! We've already done one pumpkin and I was determined to cook the seeds. Cooked them right to burnt. I'm using your guts tip and we're going to try one of the recipes. Thanks!
I'm with your mom, pumpkin guts are gross! But you've inspired me to dig up a photo of me in those plastic costumes
Ooh, I love pumpkin seeds! Spiced maple?? That sounds delicious.
Great seed recipes. I love how you are trying to incorporate different styles of cooking to meet the needs of your family (and others). What a great service for the rest of us! I'm gluten-free, dairy-free myself.
Renée ♥ says
Thank you, Tracy! I find that more and more people are having to adapt to different needs at their table, and it can be a challenge sometimes.
I don't know why you are gluten-free, so forgive me for being presumptuous, but have you ever tried Sourdough bread? I'm working with a friend who is very gluten sensitive - making her long-rise sourdough; the natural sourdough yeast apparently predigests the gluten. There is some solid research that backs this up, and the fact that she is eating bread for the first time in years without the usual side effects is pretty awesome.
I'm currently on the GAPS diet, a grain-free, sugar-free program, to try and heal my gut. Have you heard of it? I've got multiple food sensitivities. I've heard that sourdough is a good option for some people that are gluten-free. I hope to be able to try it someday. Right now, I'm making good progress, but thank you for the suggestion!
Bill Volckening says
Ooooooooh! I have to try some of these recipes! I'm not sure if I'll carve a jack-o-lantern or make something with the pumpkin...maybe a pumpkin pie from scratch. 🙂
Renée ♥ says
I have a good recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Butter here: https://thegoodheartedwoman.com/how-to-make-pumpkin-butter-with-real-pumpkins/ I find the seeds from those little Sugar Pie Pumpkins to be really tasty.