Salty Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Hi There Cooking Buddy! We carved our pumpkins last night and so I had another lovely roasted pumpkin seed feast. This time I didn’t stray too far from the traditional though. Check out my recipe for Salty Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds below.

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I used steak seasoning for an easy blend of salt and spice. To that I added some brown sugar to help bring out the pumpkinny flavor. The result is a roasted pumpkin seed that is nearly like the plain salt flavor that many of us are used to but with some added fun.

For more Roasted Pumpkin Seed Seasonings and flavorings check out my Chewy Maple and Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Pesto and Parm.

Here’s a step-by-step photographic guide for getting from a whole big pumpkin to a bowl of tasty toasty seeds.

And here’s the recipe for these delicious roasted pumpkin seeds:

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Salty Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Where sweet and salty meet is where I want to be. That's right - I want to be right in the middle of this bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds! Mmmmmm...
Serves: 4
  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp steak seasoning (like Montreal Steak Seasoning)
  1. These instructions begin with a full large pumpkin. At the end, not only will you have delicious roasted pumpkin seeds but you will also have a pumpkin that is ready for carving.
  2. Cut a circular 5-8 inch diameter hole in the top of the pumpkin encircling the stem (use a sturdy serrated knife and a sawing action).
  3. Use the stem as a handle to remove the the circular cut out. Using two fingers, squidge off any seeds that cling to the lid.
  4. Put these seeds into a colander. Use a knife to trim the fibrous strands off of the pumpkin lid. Discard the fibrous strands and set the lid aside.
  5. Dive into the pumpkin with one hand. Grasp a bundle of seeds in your fingers. Gently tug on them while squeezing your fingertips together at the point where the bundle of seeds meets the pumpkin fibers until the seeds release. Put the seeds into the colander detaching any bits of orange pumpkin fibers that have come along for the ride (don’t worry if you can’t get them all off. A lot more will come off in the rinsing step). Repeat until all the seeds have been removed from the pumpkin cavity. You should get 1 to 1 and ½ cups.
  6. Put the colander into the sink. Rinse the seeds under a long full blast of water. Swish them all around under the water to help detach any stubborn pumpkin fibers. Line a large bowl with paper towels. Pour the seeds into the bowl. Wrap the towel around the seeds and pat them dry.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line a large pan with parchment paper.
  8. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the pumpkin seeds. It is inevitable that some water has clung to the seeds so stand back a bit and beware of spattering. Stir the seeds to coat them all with the oil. Cook stirring occasionally until well-browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, stir the remaining ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Transfer the seeds to the bowl of seasonings and stir to coat. Pour the seeds onto the large pan and put the pan into the oven. Roast the seeds until they are dry and crisp, 15-18 minutes.
  10. While the pumpkin seeds are roasting, use a metal serving spoon to scrape all the stringy fibers away from the inside of the pumpkin. Discard them. Now your pumpkin is ready for carving!
  11. Cool the seeds on the pan.
  12. Transfer to a serving bowl or store roasted pumpkin seeds for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
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For another take on sweet and salty roasted pumpkin seeds, as well as a different pumpkin seed roasting method, check out this recipe from the Crepes of Wrath.

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8 Responses to “Salty Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds”

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  2. Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice — October 29, 2012 @ 7:42 pm (#)

    Made these tonight. Husband offered t go buy another pumpkin so I could make more. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin seeds, but these were “the bomb.”

    • Christine Pittman — October 30, 2012 @ 8:52 am (#)

      Yay! So so so so happy you liked them. I think they were my husband’s favorites too.

  3. Katerina — October 29, 2012 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    Definitely something I would munch while watching my favorite movies!


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