How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Scooping out the seeds and flesh from a halved pumpkin to make homemade Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Do you have a leftover pumpkin on hand from Halloween or from pumpkin dishes (like this amazing Pumpkin Curry or Pumpkin Soup!)?

Don’t toss the seeds! Let me show you how to roast them in this easy tutorial.

How to Make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Remove & clean seeds– It starts with scooping the seeds from the pumpkin (we prefer sugar pumpkins which tend to yield smaller, crispier pumpkin seeds) and removing the stringy parts. Rinsing in a colander or fine mesh strainer helps remove any remaining goop.
  2. Dry seeds– Using a towel, dry the seeds thoroughly. This helps them crisp up in the oven.
  3. Add oil, salt, and seasonings– We like to use avocado oil in a ratio of 1 Tbsp oil to 1 cup seeds. Season with salt and add other seasonings (such as Shawarma, Curry Powder, or Pumpkin Pie Spice) for an extra boost.
  4. Bake– Bake for 20-30 minutes at 325 degrees, or until the pumpkin seeds are crisp and light golden brown. Smaller seeds will need less time than larger ones.
  5. Let cool– As the seeds cool, they will crisp up a little more. Make sure to let them cool completely before transferring to a sealed container. Otherwise, they may get soggy from the steam.
Parchment-lined baking sheet with pumpkin seeds for making Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Spoon scooping up fresh pumpkin seeds to make our Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

An easy, step-by-step tutorial for how to roast your own pumpkin seeds! Versatile with what seasonings you add, but crunchy and delicious every time.
Author Minimalist Baker
Spoon on a parchment-lined baking sheet of homemade roasted pumpkin seeds
4.61 from 23 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 (1/4-cup servings)
Course Helpful How-to
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • ~1 cup pumpkin seeds from 1 sugar (pie) pumpkin (sugar pumpkins are best for yielding the crispiest roasted pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp avocado or melted coconut oil
  • 1 healthy pinch sea salt
  • Seasonings (such as Shawarma or Curry Powder // optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (162 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or more if making a larger batch).
  • Scoop the seeds from your pumpkin and try and remove most of the stringy parts. Then place in a colander or fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly to remove any of the leftover goop from the pumpkin. (If using store bought, measure out seeds and place directly on baking sheet.)
  • Arrange cleaned pumpkin seeds on a towel and dry thoroughly. This will help the pumpkin seeds crisp up in the oven.
  • Arrange dried pumpkin seeds on baking sheet and drizzle with oil (~1 Tbsp / 15 ml per 1 cup / 64 g seeds). Add salt and any other desired seasonings (such as Shawarma or Curry), and toss to thoroughly coat.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes (this will depend on how big your seeds are), or until crisp and light golden brown.
  • Let cool completely before transferring to a sealed container, such as a mason jar. Will keep at room temperature for 1 week or more, or in the freezer up to 1 month.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with oil and salt.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 quarter-cup servings Calories: 102 Carbohydrates: 8.6 g Protein: 3 g Fat: 6.5 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.87 g Monounsaturated Fat: 3.37 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 295 mg Potassium: 147 mg Fiber: 2.9 g Sugar: 0.4 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 10 mg Iron: 0.5 mg

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  1. Alyssa says

    Wow, these were delicious!! I was a little hesitant to try these because was unsuccessful in roasting other types of squash seeds, but I’m so glad I did! I didn’t wash my seeds, just patted them dry with a kitchen towel before I put them in a bowl with some oil and salt before putting them in the oven.

  2. Cheryl says

    I tired the recipe and the seeds were amazing. Unfortunately they were not very big, I bake them on a tray with salt and a avocado oil then when they were almost finished I sprinkled All Spice on them. Soooooo good.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Cheryl. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  3. Jacqueline says

    This recipe is perfect! I absolutely love my roasted pumpkin seeds. I’m writing this review 2 months after making a large amount of the seeds. I stored them in Ball jars with the Ball leak proof screw caps I purchased from Walmart. It is still as fresh as it was 2 months ago! I didn’t know I could freeze them…but it’s super fresh anyway:)

  4. Sarah says

    We made these from two sugar pumpkins and they turned out great!

    I had trouble drying them so I actually put them in the oven for 3 min twice, turning them in between, to get them super dry before putting oil on them, and they turned out perfect! Crispy crunchy perfection 😋

  5. Cat says

    Made this yesterday and it was a success. I always feel bad for throwing away the seeds and now won’t have to anymore. I served it as a garnish to pumpkin soup and everyone loved it.

  6. Arpita Patel says

    Your pieces of pumpkin must have been very, very small. I roasted my pumpkin for 60 minutes and it still wasn’t cooked. After Halloween many of us are looking for recipes to use up our pumpkin. The soup was good, but it takes a LOT longer to roast than 35 minutes.

  7. John says

    I wouldn’t suggest drying them off with paper towel. Most of my seeds after drying had paper towel stuck to it, so I threw them away prior to baking. A kitchen towel would have worked better or even air dry on a sheet pan.

  8. Pauline Eales says

    I had roasted a whole pumpkin to make soup. after cooling i cut up the pumpkin, scooped out the seed and proceeded with your recipe. I also added to the seeds the thinly peeled skin. The skin and seeds were delicious, and no waste.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Pauline. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  9. Sherilyn says

    Hi I tried making these but we couldn’t eat them, it was like trying to eating wood. I was gutted because the flavour is delicious!

  10. Ott says

    I placed them in my oven tray right after I baked my frozen French fries (French fry oil ingredient is sunflower oil only. None of that nasty palm oil.) they smell taste so good. didn’t need any salt too.

  11. Linda Richmond says

    These were SO good and super easy. Thank you for the recipe! I used a bowl to mix the seasonings and oil, but next time might try mixing them right on the sheet, as directed. We had 2 and 1/3 cups of seeds, so we split it into two batches. Seasoned one with Trader Joe’s garlic salt, onion powder, dried parsley, pepper, Krazy Jane’s mixed-up salt… The other one we did lots of chili powder and a dash of cayenne and sea salt. … I used a sugar baby (mini) pumpkin, so the seeds were smaller, and I liked them much better than the big seeds that come out of big pumpkins…

  12. Ellen Wallace says

    I tried this once before not very successfully, so read through the comments this time – very helpful: I dried the seeds better but left a bit of pumpkin, shook them in a bag to completely cover with good quality colza oil and salt, spread them out on the tray and halfway through the roasting I stirred them around a bit. Terrific! Thanks ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Danielle. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  13. Ruth says

    I made a slight modification to your instructions and opted to toss the seeds while in a bowl prior to spreading on the baking sheet. This was to save myself picking dog hair off all the ones that would have landed on the floor; at least a half hour’s labour. lol ;P

    • Cindy H says

      Thank you Ruth. This is too relatable. As well as dog hair on the floor, I also cover the containers so floating cat hair doesn’t have a chance to light.

      In my case, Dana, I used olive oil and a bit more salt. I also just eat the innards of the seed. ?

      Thank you for an easy to follow recipe!

  14. Lindsey Phelps says

    I made these following your recipe but used my air frier instead! It only took 12 minutes at 350 degrees to crisp up. Such a good snack.

  15. Gisela de Hollanda says

    Hi, I followed recipe, although I dried the seeds overnight as they were very slimy. In the oven some of them started to pop. Out golden brown after 24 minutes but impossible to eat. When are you supposed to crack them open or do you eat them entirely with the shell on??

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gisela, sorry to hear you had difficulty with this recipe! It is normal for them to pop in the oven. Maybe drying them out overnight dried them too much. Naturally, they are a bit chewy or fibrous and are different than shelled roasted pumpkin seeds from the grocery store. They are intended to be eaten with the shell on. Hope that helps!

  16. Michelle says

    Yum! I was out of Avacado oil so used olive oil and sea salt. Will definitely use this recipe again. Thank you!

      • Wendy Edgell says

        My new favourite snack! I didn’t rinse them and some ‘gubbins’ was still attached! Didn’t mess about just a little of olive oil and sea salt on a tray. Ive used various squashes, all varieties so far have been delicious, a little more salt after cooking to taste. What is the calorie content please!?