The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I don’t know what came over us this fall season. Ever since our youngest was able to walk, our goal was to make it to an orchard, pick a large basket of apples, then take a hayride to pumpkin patch and spend some time finding the right pumpkin. That did not happen this year. As I was a bit bummed by the whole thing, it did not stop me from taking my kids to our local farmers market and having them pick whatever pumpkin they wanted. I think my daughter, the youngest, was the most excited and as soon as we brought them home, began asking every three minutes or so when we could decorate and carve the pumpkin. I could not resist, and so I went out and purchased a pumpkin carving kit for her.

Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

When I came home, she still had that same excitement. I also grew with excitement. Not due to the fact that I had to do much of the work, but due to the fact that I would soon have pumpkin seeds to roast. As soon as I carved off the top of the pumpkin, my daughter got right in there, extracting all of the flesh, and separating the seeds. She is one who does not mind the slimy interior of the pumpkin. As she was doing this, my boys interest grew in carving their pumpkins, and we got started on them as well. The funny thing is they wanted nothing to do with putting their hands into the slimy interior, and shortly bailed on the project. But my daughter kept at it, gutting all three pumpkins.

As I normally make savory pumpkin seeds, I decided this time around to go with a movie theater style pumpkin seed, and wow, am I glad I took this approach.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: [Print this Recipe]

  • 2 cups of pumpkin seeds, cleaned
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

That’s it. Three simple ingredients.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Get started by laying the cleaned seeds onto a large roasting pan, spreading them out. You can let these sit overnight to dry, or you can pat them dry with some toweling. Once dry, add them to a large bowl.  Add in the melted butter, and salt and mix really well.

Add the seeds back to the roasting pan, spreading them out once again and place in the preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring about 15 minutes in. Remove them from the oven and serve.

These seeds were so addicting that they had my entire family coming back to them like every few minutes. I am not kidding. They were that awesome.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

3 thoughts on “The Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. These are great popcorn substitutes…My grandmother call these little seeds “pepitas”. I would just call these delicious! 😉

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