Roasted Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

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There is no easier way to enjoy pumpkin seeds than whipping up these roasted Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds! Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack to enjoy during the fall season and a great way to use pumpkin seeds from Halloween pumpkin carving! There is a basic roasted pumpkin seeds recipe, along with my favorite version that adds a bit more spice and smokey flavor! Whatever version you make, they are a delicious snack that will be gone in no time!

A pile of air fryer pumpkin seeds on a black plate.

Hello fall! Nothing quite says fall like pumpkins! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin carving, and…pumpkin SEEDS!!

There is really no easier way to make homemade pumpkin seeds than the air fryer! Clean your seeds, slather on desired spices, pop them in the air fryer for about 10 minutes and you have a healthy, tasty snack!

These crunchy air fryer pumpkin seeds have a nutty flavor and you can customize the spices in so many ways! Want a deeper, smokier flavor? Try my delicious Smoked Pumpkin Seeds recipe!

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What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • Super CRUNCHY pumpkin seeds that are READY IN MINUTES.
  • A HEALTHY SNACK— perfect snack when you’re ON THE GO!
  • A perfect way to USE THE SEEDS from your Halloween pumpkins!
  • Endless ways to SPICE UP YOUR SEEDS!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds Recipe:

Ingredients needed to make roasted air fryer pumpkin seeds.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Pumpkin Seeds: One medium to large pumpkin will yield about one cup of pumpkin seeds.

Spices: There are endless ways to spice up your seeds! I included both a “basic” and a “smokey” recipe in the recipe card below. I also added more ideas below as well!

HOW TO MAKE ROASTED AIR FRYER PUMPKIN SEEDS: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Scoop the seeds from your pumpkin. Then, separate seeds from the stringy pumpkin pulp. This can be done by running the seeds under a bit of cold water and picking off the excess “pumpkin guts!”

Pumpkin seeds straight from a pumpkin in a strainer.
Clean pumpkin seeds in a strainer.

Step 2: Spread seeds in an even layer on a paper towel and allow them to dry for at least an hour and up to overnight!

Pumpkin seeds after being cleaned on a baking sheet.

Step 3: Toss seeds with olive oil and spices.

Air fryer pumpkin seeds in a white bowl being tossed with olive oil and spices.

Step 4: Air fry at 360°F for 10-12 minutes or until desired crispness is reached. Check seeds at about the 8-minute mark and give them a good shake. Transfer seeds to a bowl and enjoy immediately!

Pumpkin seeds in the air fryer basket before being cooked.
Pumpkin seeds in the air fryer basket after being cooked.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • Drying seeds for at least an hour (and up to overnight!) helps them get supper crispy! It also helps the oil and spices adhere to the seeds.

  • Make Ahead: Get all the “dirty work” done and separate the seeds from the pumpkin flesh. Let the seeds dry overnight and then add the spices and air fry them when you are ready!

Confidence Tip

Cook time will depend on your air fryer and desired crispiness. Test for seeds for crispiness at about the 8-minute mark. If they aren’t done to your liking, add another 2-3 minutes. When they are finished cooking, TASTE and add more seasoning, if necessary! It’s always important to TASTE your food creations until it’s just how YOU like it! 🙂

STORING AIR FRYER PUMPKIN SEEDS

  • Storage: Cool completely. Then, store roasted pumpkin seeds in an airtight container or mason jar at room temperature for 1-2 months. To extend the shelf life, pop them in the fridge and they’ll keep for up to a year!

OTHER SPICE OPTIONS TO TRY

Sky’s the limit when it comes to seasoning your seeds! Here are a few options to try:

  • Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning
  • Chili Powder + cayenne pepper
  • Ranch seasoning
  • BBQ seasoning

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to dry my pumpkin seeds before roasting them?

Yes, the key to crispy pumpkin seeds is getting them super dry so they crisp up nicely when cooked. Drying them also helps the olive oil and spices cling to the seeds so they are perfectly spiced!

How long does it take to air dry pumpkin seeds?

Dry your pumpkin seeds for at least an hour, and up to overnight.

Why are my pumpkin seeds bitter?

Chances are, you overcooked them a bit. Pumpkin seeds can get a little bitter when they are overcooked. Also, depending on which spices you use, the spices can also turn bitter if they are cooked too long.

I always check my seeds around the 8-minute mark and give them a good shake to ensure they don’t overcook.

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Roasted air fryer pumpkin seeds on a black plate.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Air Fryer: I LOVE Cosori air fryers! They are affordable and work so well! I have this basket-style air fryer AND the 12-1 Air Fryer Toaster Oven Combo!

Measuring Spoons: To measure your spices

Strainer/Colander: To rinse your seeds.

TRY THESE PUMPKIN FAVORITES NEXT…

I hope you love these Smoked Pumpkin Seeds! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Perfect Smoked Pumpkin Seeds

Casey Rooney
Ya'll haven't experienced fall until you've experienced it with my perfect smoked pumpkin seeds! These pumpkin seeds can be smoked on your Traeger grill, Pit Boss or any other pellet grill you have! The deep, smokey flavor from the grill combined with a simple seasoning blend will skyrocket your pumpkin seeds off the fall charts!
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 217 kcal

Ingredients
  

Basic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds from one medium to large pumpkin (See Note 1)
  • 3 tsp olive oil vegetable oil, avocado oil and melted butter also work well
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Smokey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds from one medium to large pumpkin (See Note 1)
  • 3 tsp olive oil vegetable oil, avocado oil and melted butter also work well
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt or sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Prep: With a sharp knife, carefully cut off the top of your pumpkin. Preheat smoker to 200°F for 10-15 minutes (lid closed).
  • Scoop: Using your hands or a large spoon, scoop out the pumpkin seeds (you'll get lots of pumpkin guts, too, in the process!). Try your best to separate the seeds from the the larger pieces of stringy pulp. Place seeds in a strainer/colander.
  • Clean: Clean pumpkin seeds by running them under a little cold water and separating the seeds from the pumpkin pulp completely and rinsing clean. It's perfectly OK for a little of the pumpkin pulp to stick to the seeds, just get off as much as you can!
  • Dry (OPTIONAL): Transfer pumpkin seeds to a small baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat off any excess water on the seeds with a kitchen towel (See Note 2).
  • Season: Coat seeds with olive oil. Then, add seasonings depending on which recipe you are following. Mix well until seasonings evenly coat the seeds.
    Basic Recipe: Salt and fresh ground pepper
    Smokey Recipe: Garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt
  • Smoke: Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a foiled-lined baking sheet (or oiled baking sheet). Place baking sheet onto the smoker grill grate. Close the lid. Smoke pumpkin seeds for 60 minutes. At the 30-minute mark, give them a good stir. Close the lid and smoke for another 30 minutes. At the 60-minute mark, check for desired crispness. If they aren't crisp enough for your liking, smoke for 10 minutes more. We have found the sweet spot is between 65-75 minutes at 200°F.
  • Enjoy! Transfer seeds to a plate or bowl. Allow a couple of minutes for them to cool and dig in!

Notes

Note 1: One medium or large pumpkin yields about one cup of seeds. Size doesn’t always matter—most of the time a large pumpkin will have just as many seeds as a smaller one!
Note 2:  When smoking pumpkin seeds it’s not necessary to let them dry completely. However, I like letting them dry for about an hour because it helps the olive oil and spices cling to the seeds so they are perfectly spiced!
 
Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 6.2gProtein: 8.5gFat: 19.3gSaturated Fat: 3.5gSodium: 154mgPotassium: 280mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 0.4gCalcium: 16mgIron: 5mg
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Was very excited to try pumpkin seeds in the air fryer and they did NOT disappoint. One of my favorite fall time snacks! The seasoning was perfect, too!

  2. 5 stars
    I love all the different ideas you gave to change up the seasonings on these! I always do mine in the oven with salt, but I think cinnamon and sugar and the air fryer may be my new favorite way!