Toasting pumpkin seeds is a simple and quick process that yields a delicious and healthy snack. Toasted pumpkin seeds make an excellent snack on their own, but you can also add them to salads, soups, and main dishes.


• 200g pumpkin seeds (with or without shells)
• Salt (to taste)
• Optional additional spices (e.g., paprika powder, ground cumin, garlic granules)
• Oil (optional)


Toasting pumpkin seeds is an easy way to create a tasty snack. Here's a guide on how to toast pumpkin seeds:

1. Wash the pumpkin seeds: If you're using fresh pumpkin seeds, rinse them thoroughly and dry them.


2. Remove any debris: If you've taken the seeds out of a pumpkin, try to remove any remaining pumpkin flesh or fibers.

3. Preheat the oven (optional): If using an oven, preheat it to 180-200 degrees Celsius (350-400 degrees Fahrenheit).

4. Season with salt (to taste): You can taste the pumpkin seeds before salting them or sprinkle salt over them according to your preference. Salt enhances the flavor, but you can also opt for unsalted seeds.

5. Toasting on the stovetop:

a. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
b. If using oil, add a little oil to the skillet and heat it.
c. When the skillet is hot (but not too hot), add the pumpkin seeds.
d. Stir them occasionally to ensure even roasting.
e. Roast the pumpkin seeds for about 5-10 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

6. Toasting in the oven:

a. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
b. If using oil, drizzle a bit of oil over the seeds and toss them to coat evenly.
c. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
d. Place them in the oven and roast at 180-200 degrees Celsius (350-400 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 10-15 minutes or until they become golden brown. Flip them occasionally.

7. Let them cool: Once done, allow the seeds to cool down to become crispy.

Pumpkin Seed Tips:

• Avoid overcooking pumpkin seeds as they can become bitter.
• If using pumpkin seeds with shells, the shells tend to roast faster than the seeds. Adjust the roasting time accordingly.
• Roasted pumpkin seeds can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for an extended period.


• Add a touch of honey or sugar to the pumpkin seeds for sweet roasted pumpkin seeds.
• Sprinkle chopped parsley or marjoram for a more savory flavor.
• Top the seeds with some grated cheese for cheesy roasted pumpkin seeds.


Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:

Pumpkin seeds offer numerous health benefits. They are rich in protein, fiber, magnesium, zinc, and iron. Pumpkin seeds help in preventing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

You can enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack anytime or use them as toppings for salads, soups, or cereals. Enjoy their flavor and the healthy nutrients they provide! Cheers to your health!