Spicy & Sweet Pumpkin Seeds

The reward for the hard work of scraping the inside of a pumpkin clean? A crunchy treat that will be ready before you finish carving the last tooth in Jack’s smile.

Here, Gardenista editor Erin shares her simple recipe for spicy sweet roasted pumpkin seeds.

Photographs by Erin Boyle.

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Above: Pumpkin seeds rinsed and picked clean of the pumpkin flesh.

spicy and sweet roasted pumpkin seeds | gardenista

Above: Cayenne, sea salt, cane sugar, and olive oil for seasoning.

spicy and sweet roasted pumpkin seeds | gardenista

Above: Spices and seeds mixed together with a healthy drizzle of olive oil; enough to thoroughly coat the seeds.

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Above: Golden brown seeds cooling on a sheet tray.

spicy and sweet roasted pumpkin seeds | gardenista

Above: Cooled pumpkin seeds, scooped into waxed paper bags.

spicy and sweet roasted pumpkin seeds | gardenista

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups rinsed pumpkin seeds, flesh removed and patted dry
  • Sea salt; approximately 1 teaspoon
  • Cayenne; approximately 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sugar; approximately 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil, approximately 2 teaspoons

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse pumpkin seeds, removing any extra pumpkin flesh. Pat seeds dry with a clean dish towel. In a small bowl, combine seeds with spices and olive oil, mixing well to coat seeds thoroughly. Spread seeds on an ungreased sheet tray and cook for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool, and enjoy.

See Gardenista‘s Garden-to-Table Recipes for other treats to add to your fall lineup.

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134 comments

Dorothy Chaberlain

Thanks for this recipe. I'm going to try it as I've a packet of pumpkin seeds I bought from the supermarket and no one will eat. I've also got all the other ingredients.

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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Thanks, sounds good.

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Anja Necin
Anja Necin2 years ago

thanks

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Giustina C.
Giustina C2 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Love pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, so will def give the recipe a go.

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Val M.
Val M2 years ago

Thanks!

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Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein2 years ago

Timely advice,thanks.

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Miriam O.

Thanks for sharing and posting!

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W2 years ago

Very interesting article.

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