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Spicy & Sweet Pumpkin Seeds

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.

spicy and sweet roasted pumpkin seeds | gardenista

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


  • 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


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.

8 Creative Pumpkin Recipes for the Holidays
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7:31PM PDT on May 22, 2015

Thanks, sounds good.

1:35AM PST on Mar 2, 2015


5:48AM PST on Jan 17, 2015

Thank you

12:25PM PST on Jan 3, 2015

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

2:46AM PST on Nov 11, 2014


9:08AM PST on Nov 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

11:33AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Timely advice,thanks.

10:27AM PST on Nov 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing and posting!

6:52AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Very interesting article.

1:44AM PST on Nov 6, 2014

Interesting article and tempting to try. However, I remember trying to wash pumpkin seeds once and it was no easy task and very time consuming. Hence, I will give this one a miss.

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