Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Isolated on White
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
177 Calories
15g Fat
8g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 cups (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 6g
Calcium 20mg 2%
*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.)

Don't be surprised if these crunchy, savory pumpkin seeds will be devoured by the handful. While you can find pumpkin seeds in the health food section of your grocery store, there's an even easier way to source them: out of your jack-o'-lantern!

To remove the seeds, scoop out the innards of the pumpkin, then separate some of the stringy part from the seeds as much as you can with your hands. Put the remaining seeds in a bowl and fill with warm water. Massage the seeds with your fingers. The pulp will fall away to the bottom of the bowl and the seeds will float. Thoroughly dry the seeds before proceeding with the recipe.

You can use any kind of herbs and spices. Try using a combination of dried herbs in place of the cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. Some cheese sprinkled on the seeds after they come out of the oven is a nice finishing touch. Parmesan or Romano, finely grated, works best for this.

These seeds will keep well, stored at room temperature in a jar with a tight fitting lid, for up to a week.


  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds (raw)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 300 F.

  3. Place the clean and dried pumpkin seeds on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  4. Mix together the butter and Tabasco sauce and drizzle over the seeds.

  5. Combine the cayenne pepper, cumin, chili powder, and salt and mix well; sprinkle over the coated seeds. Toss well to coat.

  6. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until the seeds are golden brown and crisp, stirring seeds once halfway through baking.

  7. Cool completely, stirring occasionally. Store in airtight container.

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