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7 Go-To Pumpkin Seed Roasting Recipes [Infographic]

7 Go-To Pumpkin Seed Roasting Recipes [Infographic]

Though most of us don’t necessarily look forward to plunging our bare hands into the cold, slimy innards of a large vegetable, there’s no denying that gourds provide some of the season’s sweetest staples –– from that pie on your Thanksgiving table to the jack-o-lantern grinning at you from your neighbor’s porch. It’s Mother Nature’s personal Halloween trick that our favorite pumpkin treats involve a slippery, clumsy, one-way wrestling match.

It can be tempting to toss out the pumpkin seeds along with the other guts. But all it takes is an extra five minutes to collect them and turn them into a simple snack that will have you reaching for those carving tools again and again.

We sourced seed roasting tips from our community to bring you some fresh and flavorful combinations that are worth all that orange gunk under your fingernails. Start with this base recipe from our Head Chef, Chris Chapman, and then start experimenting (you can even use different types of squash seeds!):

  1. Soak the seeds in water and swirl; the pulp will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the seeds will float.

  2. Dry off the seeds by placing them on a kitchen towel.

  3. Scatter the seeds on a baking pan and season with your desired oils/spices.

  4. Bake at 300ºF until golden—about 20 minutes.

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Sugar + Baking Spices

Batter Bakery’s own Jen Musty gave us her favorite recipe for the perfect fall-spiced, toasty seeds. First, toss them with an egg white, then mix with raw sugar, a pinch of sea salt, and a variety of sweet, seasonal spices—she loves cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and nutmeg.


 Wholesome Sweeteners   Fair Trade Organic Cane Sugar     $3.79

Wholesome Sweeteners
Fair Trade Organic Cane Sugar
$3.79

 Spicely Organics   Organic Ground Cinnamon     $2.99

Spicely Organics
Organic Ground Cinnamon
$2.99

 Spicely Organics   Organic Ground Allspice     $2.99

Spicely Organics
Organic Ground Allspice
$2.99


Chile + Lime

For something zesty, try our Bakery Category Manager, Thuy Nguyen’s, favorite: a splash of olive oil, a dash of chile, and a squeeze of lime. Shave some lime zest over the toasted seeds (we used carnival squash seeds) after you pull them out of the oven for a little extra color and a fresh kick.


 Good Eggs Produce   Organic Carnival Squash     $1.79

Good Eggs Produce
Organic Carnival Squash
$1.79

 Beck Grove via Veritable Vegetable   Organic Lime     $0.79

Beck Grove via Veritable Vegetable
Organic Lime
$0.79

 Spicely Organics   Organic Chile Powder     $8.99

Spicely Organics
Organic Chile Powder
$8.99


Honey + Sriracha

For a candy-like treat with a zingy, spicy bite on the finish, try our Art Director Emy Joyeux’s go to: toss the seeds in a bit of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, and a spoonful of both honey and sriracha. We used butternut squash seeds, which have a nuttier seed with a thinner shell, for more flavor.


 Free Spirit Farm   Organic Butternut Squash     $3.99

Free Spirit Farm
Organic Butternut Squash
$3.99

 Kiss The Flower   Mount Taylor Wildflower Honey     $19.99

Kiss The Flower
Mount Taylor Wildflower Honey
$19.99

 Yellowbird Sauce   Blue Agave Sriracha     $5.99

Yellowbird Sauce
Blue Agave Sriracha
$5.99


Chinese Five Spice + Nutritional Yeast + Liquid Aminos

Looking for a nutritious snack? Toss seeds in liquid aminos, with a dash of Chinese five spice and and nutritional yeast a la Good Eggs customer Michelle DeWolf, founder of The Festive Table.


 Oaktown Spice Shop   Chinese 5 Spice     $8.29

Oaktown Spice Shop
Chinese 5 Spice
$8.29

 Bragg Living Foods   Nutritional Yeast     $5.99

Bragg Living Foods
Nutritional Yeast
$5.99

 Bragg Living Foods   Liquid Aminos     $4.69

Bragg Living Foods
Liquid Aminos
$4.69


Oaktown Spice Ancho Chile + Oaktown Spice Spanish Smoked Paprika

John Beaver of Oaktown Spice Shop likes to toss olive oil-coated seeds with ancho chile and smoked paprika for a warm, savory snackable.


 California Olive Ranch   Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil   $10.99

California Olive Ranch
Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$10.99

 Oaktown Spice Shop   Ancho Chile     $6.79

Oaktown Spice Shop
Ancho Chile
$6.79

 Oaktown Spice Shop   Spanish Smoked Paprika     $6.79

Oaktown Spice Shop
Spanish Smoked Paprika
$6.79


Turmeric + Black Pepper

Nimisha Gandhi of Moon Cycle Nutrition recommends soaking the seeds in a bowl of water overnight to allow them to sprout, which makes them easier to digest. Then toss them in a mix of turmeric and black pepper. The autumnal warmth of turmeric with the slight heat of black pepper was a crowd favorite when we tested it at Good Eggs HQ.


 Terra Firma Farm   Organic Spaghetti Squash     $5.99

Terra Firma Farm
Organic Spaghetti Squash
$5.99

 Spicely Organics   Organic Turmeric     $8.99

Spicely Organics
Organic Turmeric
$8.99

 Spicely Organics   Organic Ground Black Pepper     $4.99

Spicely Organics
Organic Ground Black Pepper
$4.99


Olive Oil + Flaky Sea Salt

Let the sweet, nutty flavor of pumpkin seeds shine by coating them in your favorite olive oil and sprinkling them with flaky salt, as Caitlin Beyer, Good Eggs Photographer, recommends.


 Blue House Organic Farm   Organic Small Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin     $6.99

Blue House Organic Farm
Organic Small Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin
$6.99

 Other Brother Co.   Fresh 2017 Harvest Olio Nuovo     $16.99

Other Brother Co.
Fresh 2017 Harvest Olio Nuovo
$16.99


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