Perfect Crispy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

READY IN: 40mins




  • Set oven to 400 degrees.
  • Set oven rack to middle position.
  • Cut open the pumpkin.
  • Use a strong metal spoon to scoop out the insides of the pumpkin.
  • Separate the seeds from the stringy core.
  • Rinse the seeds under cold water.
  • In a small saucepan add in the seeds to the water and salt (the amount of water and salt you will need is listed in the heading) bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes (set timer to for this, and start timer when water is at a full boil).
  • Remove from heat and drain well.
  • Place on a paper towel and pat the seeds fairly dry (they do not have to be completely dry!).
  • Brush about 1 tablespoon olive oil in the bottom of a cookie/baking sheet.
  • Spread out the seeds onto the cookie/baking sheet in one layer.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the seeds begin to brown.
  • When the seeds are browned to your liking then remove from oven and let the pan cool on a rack.
  • Sprinkle with salt if desired.
  • Either crack open to remove the inner seed or eat whole.