Cary, NC — If you’re like me, every year you carve that jack o’ lantern and attempt to roast some pumpkin seeds. Here are some delicious variations to “kick it up a notch.”
Reinventing Pumpkin Seeds
You convince yourself they are awesome, but, truly, pumpkin seeds are pretty bland with a taste reminiscent of cardboard. We ran across these more flavorful recipes a while back and thought they would “kick it up a notch,” as Emeril is fond of saying.
One of the great things about roasting pumpkin seeds is that they are virtually free. You already bought the pumpkin as a decoration. Now that you’ve carved it, you have this yucky mess that you could either throw away or cook up into a snack.
This is the basic way to roast pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin seeds (about 2 cups)
- 1-2 T olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and clean most of the pumpkin membranes off of the seeds. I wash and drain them and pat them dry.
- Spread evenly on one or two baking sheets in a single layer.
- Drizzle the oil over the seeds. Mix around to coat evenly.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake 15-20 minutes. Check them occasionally so they don’t get over cooked.
Variations on an Old Favorite
Now, try “kicking it up a notch!” with these variations. Use the same cleaning and cooking methods, but instead of just oil, salt and pepper, try the following spice combos.
Salt & Vinegar: 1 teaspoon salt + 2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Sesame Ginger: 1 teaspoon sesame oil + 2 tablespoons soy or tamari sauce (for a gluten-free option) + 2 teaspoons sugar + 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Taco: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil + 2 teaspoons Old El Paso Taco seasoning
Parmesan Garlic Herb: 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese + 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
Chili Lime: 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon chili powder + 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Share Your Own Variation
Have a fun variation of your own? Add it to our comments area below! We’d love to hear what you do with your pumpkin seeds to make them a once a year treat.
More Pumpkin-Related Recipes
- Recipe: My Favorite Pumpkin Bread
- Halloween Pumpkin Recipes
- Top 5 Pumpkin Recipes
- Recipe: Pumpkin Pie
Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Will Luo.