how to roast pumpkin seeds

It’s a source of constant bafflement to me that so many people are unaware of the potential within their pumpkins beyond space for a tea light.

Hand-on-heart, this is not like one of those times in which people suggest you eat the entire apple – core, seeds and all – or gnaw the gristle from your chicken bones; roasted pumpkin seeds are simply a joy, through-and-through, and it’s one of the great foodie crimes that so many thousands are discarded like yesterday’s coffee grounds, year after year. 

Believe it or not, the seeds you exhume and discard from your soon-to-be Jack O’ Lanterns are just a quick roast away from becoming a delicious snack – crunchy, flavoursome, and hellishly moreish. They’re perfect for grazing, as well as tossing into salads, or sprinkling over soups and savoury bakes for added texture and seasoning.

It’s almost as straightforward as giving them a rinse and flinging them in the oven, but there are certain tricks that can make them particularly great.

Flick through my guide below before disembowelling your pumpkin this week and I promise, you’ll never discard a pumpkin seed again.



  • KS

    Seems a bit hit and miss with the seasoning. I put the oil into a bowl, add the spices and whisk it all together. Then I add the pumpkin seeds and mix them in, stirring so that they all get an even coating. You can leave them overnight to absorb the flavours if convenient.

    Then 10 mins at 200C – or if I’ve cooked something in a hot oven, when it’s done I just put the tray of seeds in, close the door and turn the oven off. There’s enough heat there to toast the seeds before the oven cools down.

  • Steve Howse

    Am I missing the bit where the seeds are roasted?

  • jamieoliverdotcom

    You’re not missing it – the page is! We’re going to get this fixed asap, hang tight Steve.

  • jamieoliverdotcom

    The page should be fixed now – here’s the link to our pumpkin seed guide anyway:

  • Josie Price

    Could you take the shell off and bake?

  • Josie Price

    Can you do this with the shell off?

  • Liza Kubal

    It’s still not fixed…

  • Andrew Hague

    Tried this last night, but the outer shell of the seed is too tough for pleasurable eating. Unless I’m missing something. The pumpkin seed that you buy are smaller and green.