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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 30 minutes (+ soaking overnight and drying time)
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


How to roast pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin from Halloween for a healthy treat.


  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 cups water
  • seeds from one medium to large pumpkin
  • your favorite seasoning
  • cooking spray or aquafaba (for oil-free cooking)


  1. Scoop out the seeds from your pumpkin and separate them from the pumpkin pulp.
  2. Soak your seeds overnight in a brine made from 3 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of salt.
  3. Drain the seeds and rinse them off.  Then spread them out to dry on a clean kitchen towel, for around five hours, or until they are dry.  They need to be dry so they roast and not steam.
  4. Once the seeds are dry, spritz with cooking spray or use aquafaba (for oil-free cooking), just enough to lightly coat the seeds, then add your favorite seasonings.
  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and roast at 325°F (160°C) for 20-25 minutes stirring halfway through.
  6. Let the seeds cool completely before storing them.


  • For every 3 cups of water, I use 2 tablespoons of salt.  Adjust the amount of water and salt needed if it doesn't cover the amount of seeds you're roasting.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (+ soaking and drying time)
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American