Roasted Spicy Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds
Last night I had a dream that was SO boring, I was actually mad at my imagination.
I won’t bore you with all the details, but a majority of the dream was me on the phone with an airlines customer service rep trying to change a flight. I’m not kidding. Just me, sitting on my couch, trying to change a flight to a later time. Huh? That might be the most boring thing I can think of. These are supposed to be dreams! Why can’t my imagination take me somewhere tropical like Hawaii for a day on the beach? Or have me win the lottery and going on a major spending spree? Or flying?
If I have one more boring dream, I am going to punish my brain by watching hours of Real Housewives. Wait, that actually doesn’t sound too bad…
One thing that isn’t boring are these roasted spicy seasoned pumpkin seeds.
Shawn gets so very excited when pumpkins start showing up at the market. Not because he can’t wait to carve them, but because he can’t wait to hack in to them and pull out all the seeds for me to roast. He will gladly sit there for over an hour scooping out pumpkin after pumpkin, and separating all the membranes from the seeds so I can roast them up for him.
I used to do just a plain salted roasted pumpkin seed, but one day after making these spicy seasoned pretzels (which is actually one of the top viewed recipes on my blog), I thought the same seasoning mix would be delicious on pumpkin seeds. That October, when I bought about 8 pumpkins after Halloween when they went on sale, I experimented and made my first batch of spicy seasoned pumpkin seeds. Shawn FLIPPED out! They made basic roasted pumpkin seeds seem, dare I say it, boring.
These roasted spicy seasoned pumpkin seeds get all their flavor the perfect mix of lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper. The flavors are really similar to Chex Mix Party Mix, so if you love that you’ll love this.
Be sure to hang on to all your pumpkin seeds this year and whip these up!
Roasted Spicy Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds
- 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, if from a pumpkin, all pumpkin membrane removed and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, for medium spicy use 1/4 teaspoon, for hot spicy use 3/4 teaspoon
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a microwave safe medium size bowl, melt the butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. Add in the lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. Add in the pumpkin seeds and toss so all the seeds are evenly coated. Spread the seeds out in an even layer on the baking sheet and roast for 1 hour, stirring the seeds halfway thru. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.
- Will keep in an airtight container for 10 days.
35 Comments on “Roasted Spicy Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds”
My wife can’t wait to rip open the giant pumpkin we have sitting on our front stoop to get at the seeds. I think I’m going to need to show her this… she’ll def be making it over the weekend! Happy Halloween!
We love snacking on pumpkin seeds! These would disappear in no time!
Oh Natalie, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who sometimes has boring dreams. In fact, I think I usually have boring ones!! Haha! Either that or they’re stressful – definitely not Hawaii-type dreams.
Your husband sounds very useful – can he be hired out to do any kind of boring, repetitive job???
Anyway, love the flavoured pumpkin seeds. A nice healthy snack to have around the house!
Oh dear… I hate cleaning the seeds so much, normally I just throw them out. Ooops! That’s really bad. Love the sound of the seasoning tho! Hope you have a fab weekend. :) PS: Love the boring-ness of your dream. HA! :)
I love making pumpkin seeds! My housemates and I are going to be pumpkin carving soon – this is definitely what I’ll be doing with the seeds. Sounds so delicious!
I just roasted a pumpkin a couple nights ago and I ALMOST saved the seeds to roast… but then I got lazy and threw them out. Now I’m having serious regrets!!
I make my own pumpkin puree every year and one of the main reasons is because of those pumpkin seeds!!! I just love roasting them and am always on the lookout for new recipes – I cannot wait to try this one ;).
I would have been so happy with a boring dream last night. I had the most vivid and tiring dream involving chocolate pie, another food blogger, and breaking a leg, ha!
Haha, okay, I would feel totally upset if I had that dream. At least it wasn’t a nightmare? But still…
These look so addictive! One of my favourite things about pumpkin carving is the seeds. I’m so intrigued by the use of salted butter–definitely going to try that this year instead of olive oil. Nice!!!! :)
I need to try these. You make carving a pumpkin, scooping out and cleaning the seeds so easy (wonderful video) :) Hehe, whenever I do it I end up finding pumpkin everywhere! It is always worth it for the freshly roasted pumpkin seeds though! Love the spice seasoning on these – can’t wait to try! Pinned onto my Pumpkin Board!
Natalie, you are so clever, these seeds are delicious looking. And, I love your video! Good job :)
P.S. My dreams are so boring that I don’t even remember them. :)