Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

My favorite part of Halloween is the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.  In fact, the real reason I host a pumpkin carving contest each year is to get more pumpkin seeds.  Once my guests begin to carve their pumpkins, I quietly take the pumpkin ‘insides’ and hide them away.  They are so busy carving their ‘winning’ pumpkin, that they do not realize I have squirreled away the best part.  The process is a bit time-consuming, but it is worth it!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by The Sweet Spot Blog

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds
Kosher salt

Begin by separating the seeds from the gooey pumpkin insides.  Next, place the seeds in a colander and completely wash off any remaining orange pieces under running water.  Leave in the sink to drain.  Once the excess water has drained, spread the seeds onto a baking sheet to dry.  Ensure seeds are in one layer so they do not stick to one another.  Cover with a tea towel and leave on your counter to dry fully (about two days.)

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds by The Sweet Spot Blog

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt one stick of butter, in a sauce pan, for each baking sheet of seeds.  Once the butter is melted, add the seeds and stir to coat.  Spoon the butter-coated seeds back onto the baking sheets in a single layer.  Generously sprinkle with kosher salt.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until seeds are a dark, golden brown.  Once cool, spoon seeds into serving bowl.

Warning: These things are addictive!


6 Responses to Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Jamie@SouthMainMuse October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I do this too, Corrina. My question is — have you found a way for them to stay crispy? I love them right out of the oven, but the next day the magic is gone. At least for me. You photos look so yummy.

  2. Corinna October 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I also found that they would get soggy if I covered them after roasting, so I leave them in a platter, uncovered, on the counter. Of course, I tend to eat them even faster when they are out where I can see them!

  3. andie October 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Love pumpkin seeds. If only I wasn’t so afraid of the mess. :)

  4. kaye October 12, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    thanks for the tutorial–I should try this.

  5. carol October 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I’ve dried pumpkin seeds before, and loved them. I haven’t done it in awhile. After looking at your photo, I think I will again this year. They look delicious!

  6. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 4, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    I think I always liked the seeds more than the pumpkin carving too. :) These look great!
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