Skillet-Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Skillet toasted pumpkin seeds recipe

The Spruce / Julia Estrada

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
40 Calories
3g Fat
2g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 4mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Everyone enjoys a good Jack-o-Lantern in October, but don't be so quick to toss those pumpkin seeds! You can toast or roast pumpkin seeds in your skillet on top of the stove for a tasty snack. They can be salted or spiced to suit your palate. The shells are edible and are a good source of fiber. Use this method with other seeds such as acorn squash and butternut squash. Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas.


  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Optional: dash salt ​(or garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, or ​another seasoning of choice)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for toasted pumpkin seeds
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  2. Rinse the pumpkin seeds, using your fingers to remove and discard all of the pulp. Drain pumpkin seeds.

    Pumpkin seeds
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  3. Drain pumpkin seeds and spread out on a cookie sheet to dry overnight.

    Pumpkin seeds
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  4. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed, dry skillet over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds. Shake and stir the seeds constantly as they are toasting to prevent burning.

    Pumpkin seeds in pan
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  5. When the pumpkin seeds begin to get golden, start to pop open, and release their aroma, they are done.

    Golden pumpkin seeds
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  6. Sprinkle hot toasted pumpkin seeds with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, or your choice of seasonings. Toss to coat.

    Sprinkle pumpkin seeds
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  • Cool pumpkin seeds before eating or storing. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months or refrigerate up to 1 year.
  • If you like your toasted pumpkin seeds extra-salty, soak overnight in a solution of 1/4 cup salt to 2 cups of water. Dry an additional day, then proceed as above.