Jar of pumpkin seeds

5 Roasted Pumpkin Seed Seasonings to Try this Fall

October 1, 2021  |  Chiles Peach Orchard

Category: Food & Recipes  |  Tags: pumpkins, recipes

Our cozy corner of Crozet is festive as ever with all things fall, including ready-picked and pick-your-own pumpkins.

Whether you enjoy using pumpkins for crafting spooky jack-o-lanterns, baking seasonal desserts, or simply sprucing up your outdoor decor, there are plenty of ways to use the fruit’s hearty exterior. However you choose to enjoy pumpkins this year, don’t miss out on the crunchy goodness inside!

With their inherently salty taste, roasted pumpkin seeds are a tasty grab-and-go snack. Plus, they pack a healthy punch with loads of valuable nutrients. Even better, roasting pumpkin seeds reduces waste by transforming the often-discarded seeds into a versatile nibble, salad fixing, or soup topper!

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Pumpkin picking is one of our favorite fall activities. It’s hard not to smile while walking to-and-fro in the pumpkin patch to find the most perfect pumpkin. After going to such lengths to choose the pumpkin, why not make the most of it?

Have no fear—the quest for edible pumpkin seeds won’t limit your pumpkin picking options. Both carving pumpkins and pie pumpkins have plenty of seeds just waiting to be turned into something delicious. No matter what type of pumpkin is calling your name, you’ll be able to roast its seeds.

Pumpkin patch with orange and white pumpkins

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds is accessible to cooks of all skill levels. In fact, all you have to do is pay attention to three important factors: heating, cleaning, and cooling. 

  • Roast at a low temperature. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes to dry out your pumpkin seeds without burning them.
  • Clean the pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin guts may be edible, but they’ll keep your seeds from becoming nice and crisp while roasting. Remove as much of the pumpkin flesh as possible and let them dry before putting your soon-to-be snack in the oven!
  • Use parchment paper. No one wants burnt, soggy, or rubbery pumpkin seeds. Luckily, parchment paper is here to the rescue! Parchment paper ensures that your pumpkin seeds come out just right.
  • Let the seeds cool. Have you ever pulled cookies out of the oven and thought that they were too soft, only to have them cool to the perfect consistency? The same goes for pumpkin seeds! Trust the process and pull your seeds from the oven after 40 minutes—they’ll harden as they cool down.

Adding Finger-licking Seasonings

Dill pickle roasted pumpkin seeds

Dill Pickle Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Are you a real pickle-lover if you haven’t tried dill pickle roasted pumpkin seeds? This seasoning recipe from Wholefully turns pumpkin seeds into a crispy version of your favorite pickle. 

Cinnamon toast pumpkin seeds

Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds

We get it: pumpkin carving brings candy top-of-mind. To satisfy your sweet cravings without dipping into the trick-or-treating stash, bake a batch of AllRecipe’s cinnamon toast pumpkin seeds!

Garlic parmesan pumpkin seeds

Garlic Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds

Ah, garlic and parmesan: a pair as old as time. If you’re obsessed with a certain restaurant chain’s unlimited breadsticks (you know the one), then we’ve got you covered. Indulge in your favorite garlic bread flavor with these Delish garlic parmesan pumpkin seeds.

Sriracha roasted pumpkin seeds

Sriracha-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Crunchy, spicy, and made from one of the world’s favorite condiments. That’s right, we’re talking about Food & Wine’s sriracha-roasted pumpkin seeds. This seasoning is the go-to for anyone who loves a nice flavor kick.

Food network pizza seasoning

Pizza Pumpkin Seeds

Need we say more? Food Network has made all of our snack dreams come true with these savory pumpkin seeds, dressed for success in a balanced mix of garlic, parmesan, and tomato paste.

Are you hungry yet? C’mon out to our Crozet orchard to pick pumpkins for your own batch of roasted pumpkin seeds! Pumpkin availability can be found on our pick-your-own fruit page.