Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween has progressed far beyond what it was when I was a kid. Back then, the costumes were mostly homemade. The pumpkins were mostly homegrown. And the carvings were definitely homegrown. No fancy templates. No fancy tools. We got a kitchen knife and scraped out the insides with a big kitchen spoon. Now, you seem to find most kids dressed in plastic store-bought action “figures” and “characters,” pumpkins are bought at the grocery store, and the jack-o-lanterns are likely to be more elaborate than a project I would have done for school!

But pumpkin seeds. Whether you buy or grow your pumpkins, carve a simple scary face or a haunted house complete with a witch out front, dress up as a ghost or a character from Desperate Housewives, pumpkin seeds are still the king! After all that sweet candy, some salty pumpkin seeds taste just right. It’s too late for this year, but if I remember to write this up now, you’re likely to find it next year when you’re looking online with that bowl of gooey pumpkin seeds sitting on your counter.

2 cups, roughly, of pumpkin seeds, picked clean of large bits of flesh
2 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Stir this all together then spread out on a shallow baking sheet. Bake at 275 for an hour or so, stirring occasionally until the reach the desired crispness.



  1. Jensgalore says:

    Have you ever thought about doing this with seeds from winter squash? Butternut and acorn squash have seeds that are very much like pumpkin seeds.

  2. Chris Lautischer says:

    I’m not “old” (or at least don’t feel it), but I miss the simpler times too.. Halloween is just one reminder of how much the world has changed and how quickly it has at that.

  3. Thanks Ellen!!!

    This looks like a really great recipe. I toasted my first batch of seeds this year but just used olive oil, salt and onion powder. I’m filing your recipe away for next year!


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