This roasted pumpkin seeds recipe gives new flair to a Fall favorite. Black pepper, paprika and lemon juice add a burst of flavor.
Every year we get a pumpkin or two for the kids to carve. We scoop out the seeds – and some years I roast them. But other years I toss them out.
My family was just never too excited about roasted pumpkin seeds. So why go through all of the effort?
This year, since I have been experimenting a bit with my food photography – I decided to make the pumpkin seeds but spice them up a bit.
The result was delicious. This is what I did.
Carving the Pumpkin
This goes without saying but I will say it anyway – my daughter wanted to carve the smaller of our two pumpkins this Halloween.
The yield from this little guy was about a half cup of raw pumpkin seeds.
Soaking the Pumpkin Seeds
I don't know if you have ever made roasted pumpkin seeds only to find that they taste salty on the outside but not so much inside.
But I wanted to avoid that situation so I tried something new.
I soaked the raw pumpkin seeds overnight in salted water. You see, it was already pretty late when we carved the pumpkin so I wasn't in the mood to roast them anyway.
Some recipes call for boiling the pumpkin seeds in salted water before roasting, but I did not try this.
The soaking method seemed to leave them slightly salted on the inside, maybe boiling would deliver a stronger result. But once I added the rest of my ingredients I thought the salt was perfect.
Preparing the Pumpkin Seeds for Roasting
I poured the soaked pumpkin seeds into a colander and then towel dried them.
Next, I tossed the seeds with some olive oil and squeezed the juice of one quarter of a lemon over top.
I spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and popped them in the toaster oven.
Roasting the Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting the pumpkin seeds is a little tricky. They can burn pretty quickly, so you have to really watch them – and also stir them frequently.
I preheated my toaster oven to 300ºF and put the seeds in for about 10 minutes to dry them completely and start the roasting process. Then I took them out and tossed them with a mixture of ground black pepper, paprika, and salt.
I put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes – however, I checked and stirred them around every couple minutes.
When the pumpkin seeds started to brown, I knew they were ready.
Overall this is a very simple recipe for very tasty roasted pumpkin seeds.
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- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3 teaspoons salt for soaking
- 1 1/2 cups water for soaking
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Dissolve 3 teaspoons of salt in 1 1/2 cup water. Add raw pumpkin seeds and soak overnight in refrigerator.
- The following day, drain the pumpkin seeds in a colander and pat dry with towels.
- Place the raw pumpkin seeds in a small mixing bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil and the juice of 1/4 of a lemon.
- Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 300oF.
- Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a flat baking pan or jelly roll pan.
- Roast the pumpkin seeds in the oven for about 10 minutes, watching them closely and stirring when needed.
- Mix the black pepper, paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a small bowl and set aside.
- Remove pumpkin seeds from oven and toss with spice mixture. (You can just pour this all over the top of the seeds and stir while still on baking sheet.)
- Return pumpkin seeds to oven and continue to roast for another 10 minutes, stirring oven. Make sure to watch them or they will burn.
- When seeds begin to brown remove them from oven.
- Transfer roasted pumpkin seeds to a small serving bowl and serve while still warm. Save leftovers in an airtight container after the seeds have cooled completely.
Do You Make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds?
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