Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Three Ways

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with 3 Spice Blend Recipes by @browneyedbaker ::

Growing up, the night that our family carved pumpkins was almost as exciting as the night we went trick or treating. After visiting a local pumpkin patch and carefully picking out our favorites, my parents would cover the kitchen table in newspapers. My mom would cut the top off of the pumpkins and go to work scraping out all of the pulp and seeds. Once she was finished, my dad would let my sister and I draw our designs on our pumpkins, and then he would working carving. While we were busy at the table, my mom would pull all of the pumpkin seeds out of the pulp, rinse and dry them, season them, and put them in the oven. By the time we were finished carving our pumpkins, we were more than ready to start snacking on fresh roasted pumpkin seeds.

I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, but every October around this time, I start to crave those fresh roasted pumpkin seeds my mom would make. I finally made my own roasted pumpkin seeds this year, and used three different spice blends.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with 3 Spice Blend Recipes by @browneyedbaker ::

My mom would use a simple salt and garlic powder seasoning on her pumpkin seeds, and you could certainly use something just as simple. If you like to play around with some different flavors, I think you’ll like at least one of the combinations below.

First, we have a Gingery Soy spice blend, which is a balance of sweet and a bit of a bite from the ginger:

Ginger-Soy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by @browneyedbaker ::

Next up, Brown Sugar Spice, which combines dark brown sugar, with some spices and cayenne pepper. This one definitely has a kick to it, so if you don’t like spicy flavors, you’ll want to steer clear of this one.

Brown Sugar Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by @browneyedbaker ::

Lastly, Maple Chipotle, which was my personal favorite. Maple syrup is combined with chipotle chile powder and cumin, which gives the seeds a sweet and smokey flavor; not really spicy like the previous blend.

Maple Chipotle Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by @browneyedbaker ::

If you’re not into the whole pumpkin carving thing, you could always just go out and buy raw pumpkin seeds and roast away! I like the shelled version (also called pepitas), but it will not harm you to eat the shell – that’s how my mom always roasted them. If you want to shell them yourself, this is an easy tutorial on how to do so.

Did you (or do you) have pumpkin carving traditions? If you roast pumpkin seeds, what are some of your favorite flavors to use?

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with 3 Spice Blend Recipes by @browneyedbaker ::

One year ago: Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two years ago: Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
Three years ago: Pumpkin Pie Bars
Five years ago: Apple Hand Pies

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Servings 2 cups pumpkin seeds
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle
Three different variations on roasted pumpkin seeds - Ginger Soy, Brown Sugar Spice, and Maple Chipotle.


  • 2
    shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 1
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • Your choice of seasoning blend below

Ginger Soy:

  • 2
    soy sauce
  • 2
    granulated sugar
  • teaspoons
    ground ginger

Brown Sugar Spice:

  • 2
    dark brown sugar
  • 1
  • teaspoons
    ground allspice
  • ½
  • ¼
    cayenne pepper

Maple Chipotle:

  • 2
    pure maple syrup
  • 1
    chipotle chile powder
  • ½
    ground cumin
  • ½


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin seeds with the olive oil. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for whichever spice blend you are using, then pour over the pumpkin seeds and stir to combine and evenly coat all of the seeds.
  3. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until the seeds are golden and crunchy, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow the seeds to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one cup of Ginger Soy pumpkin seeds


Calories: 450kcal
Fat: 38g
Saturated fat: 6g
Sodium: 1010mg
Potassium: 575mg
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 21g
Vitamin C: 1.2%
Calcium: 29%
Iron: 6.4%

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