Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy roasted pumpkin seeds are healthy to snack on. They are also delicious on top of soups and salads!

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Time is flying, we are in second half of October already. I am sure you all must have pulled out your Halloween decorations by now. It’s so funny but all these years we lived in high rise apartments and I never saw any halloween decor. I mean there was stuff in front of the building and reception area but I never anyone put stuff in front of their apartments. But this year it’s so different. We bought our own house and now live in an area with single family houses all around. When I go for my morning walk these days, I see all kinds of halloween decor in front of the houses. People are so creative and some of the decors are seriously amazing.

What I also noticed that almost everyone has kept cute little pumpkins outside their homes and while I haven’t kept one outside yet, I am definitely playing around with it a lot in kitchen these days. The other day I got these cute little sugar pumpkins from Trader Joe’s and while I used it to make a delicious soup I couldn’t resist roasting the seeds inside it. Do you guys throw the pumpkin seeds? If you do, then please STOP now! They are so delicious, and so perfect to top your soups and salads. And they also make such a healthy snacking option.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I decided to make these spicy roasted pumpkin seeds from the seeds that were left after roasting my pumpkin. I have been munching on them since then and I also put some on top of my pumpkin soup (recipe coming soon!). The thing with pumpkin seeds is that they are very slimy when you scoop them out of the pumpkin. There are 2 things that you can do for this –

1. boil them and then pat dry them using a kitchen towel. That’s what I did and since I had only 1/2 cup it wasn’t too much of a task.

2. if you have lot of pumpkin seeds, boil them and then leave them to dry overnight.

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

These spicy roasted pumpkin seeds will turn out perfect if you follow the above steps. They will be crunchy and perfect to snack on!

 

Method

Place the leftover pumpkin seeds in 1.5 cups of boiling water. Add salt to it and let it boil for 10-12 minutes.

Remove seeds from stove top and pat dry them using a kitchen towel. Transfer the seeds to a bowl, add oil, cumin powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and salt.

Transfer the seeds to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper/silicone mat.

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe-Step

Roast the pumpkin seeds at 300 F degrees for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. They will be really crispy by then. Store the pumpkin seeds in an air tight container and enjoy!

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

* Adjust spice level to taste. Add more cayenne for spicier pumpkin seeds.

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are healthy to snack on!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 /2 cup
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • teaspoon cayenne [or adjust to taste]
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the leftover pumpkin seeds in 1.5 cups of boiling water. Add salt to it and let it boil for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Remove seeds from stove top and pat dry them using a kitchen towel.
  3. Transfer the seeds to a bowl, add oil, cumin powder, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and salt.
  4. Transfer the seeds to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper/silicone mat.
  5. Roast the pumpkin seeds at 300 F degrees for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. They will be really crispy by then.
  6. Store the pumpkin seeds in an air tight container and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 2347mg 98%
Potassium 258mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 7%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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30 thoughts on “Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. I recently moved to the country, so I miss seeing everyone’s holiday decorations! I have already been told not to bother with Halloween candy because we won’t get any trick or treaters 🙁 Makes me sad! I’m jealous you get to see all your neighbors and their spooky digs! I guess I will just have to cozy up on the couch and devour massive amounts of these pumpkin seeds! I LOVE roasted pumpkin seeds, but I am seriously loving your spicy version! YES to everything spicy and sweet! These are PERFECT, my dear! Cheers! 😉

  2. I just made some pumpkin soup with sugar pumpkins too! I got so excited when I saw the little guys in the Teeter. I attempted to roast the seeds and it was an epic fail. I’m totally going to try again using your method. I have several more pumpkins because I went a little crazy. 🙂

  3. Ooh, such perfect timing! We just got two pumpkins over the weekend that my husband is carving out with my son this week. Such a great idea to spice up roasted pumpkin seeds – we usually only add salt so I can’t wait to try this 🙂 Such a healthy and delicious snack!

  4. I like the idea of a morning walk, seeing everyone’s decorations. I love looking at houses as we get closer to the holidays!
    These look incredible. I want to put them on my soups!

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