How to Roast Pumpkin and Squash Seeds

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 23, 2009


1. Scoop seeds from squash or pumpkin. Remove as much of the flesh attached to the seeds as you can. If there’s a little left, that’s OK!


2. Spread seeds out on cookie sheet or in shallow metal baking pan in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder and garlic salt. Eyeball it! (Amounts will vary depending on how many seeds you are roasting)

3. Roast in 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and “stir the seeds around”, flipping, stirring, rotating. Just move them a bit and return them to “single layer status.” Roast for another 5-8 minutes, or until most are crispy and have browned a bit. Let cool a bit before eating!

A delicious and healthy treat!

What other spices or sweetness do you like to add when roasting your pumpkin seeds and squash seeds?

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Mary W October 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Gee, this post takes me back. I won’t say how long ago ’cause was about 12 yo. We did this every year and then fought over the seeds. One pumpkin, 5 kids. As I recall, no exotic spices, just salt.


Jenn A October 23, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Oh, I love mine with Johnny’s Seasoning salt! Plus, ot’s made just down the street from me in Tacoma, WA. Gotta love supporting the local guys.–475oz_p_38.html


dawn October 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

i soaked my last batch in soy sauce/water and then roasted with penzey’s northwoods fire.


Christina @ Northern Cheapskate October 24, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Thanks for posting this… every year when we carve our pumpkins, I have to ask myself, “how do I roast these seeds again?” – and there was your post! So easy and yummy!


Leah Adamowicz November 8, 2009 at 11:33 am

your instructions are much more simple then the ones I’m reading out there! Thanks again for another great post…can’t say enough good things about your website! Headed to the kitchen to roast our seeds now!


Melissa October 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

first I have to say I love your site…I peek in everyday and come across so many wonderful things!!

my favorite way to roast pumpkin seeds is with a little olive oil or butter and then coat in cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle brown sugar on them as well :) just make sure to brush your teeth after :)


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