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Air Fryer Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

by Karly

This recipe for ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS uses the air fryer to make perfectly seasoned pumpkin seeds from your jack-o-lantern!

Cooked pumpkin seeds in an air fryer basket

If you have never tried air fryer roasted pumpkin seeds before, let me take a second and describe the taste that you have been missing out on.

The seeds are similar to nuts. They are both crisp and chewy. Roasting them brings out a little more of the nutty flavor, making these a fabulous fall snack and a great way to not waste that pumpkin you’re carving.

We love them with savory spices, but cinnamon sugar would probably be pretty tasty too!

It is so easy to cook these, we make them every year we carve our pumpkins! I get them in the air fryer, clean up the mess from carving, then enjoy a snack while watching a Halloween movie!

It’s a fun routine that the kids love!

Ingredient Notes:

A wooden spoon full of pumpkin seeds on top of a pumpkin

Pumpkin seeds – Cut the top off your pumpkin and reach in to remove all that pulp, along with the seeds. Easy peasy – and the kids love to help with this job.

Spices – We’re using a mix of garlic salt and smoked paprika to give these a smoky, roasty, savory flavor.

How to make:

Harvest the Seeds– Remove your pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin and place in a colander. Rinse well, removing all of the pumpkin pulp from the seeds. Now press them dry and then add to a mixing bowl.

Pumpkin seeds drying out on a paper towel

Season – Drizzle oil over the pumpkin seeds, then sprinkle in your garlic salt and paprika. Stir this all together to coat the seeds.

Pumpkin seeds and seasoning in a clear glass bowl.

Roast the pumpkin seeds – Add your coated seeds to the air fryer basket. Cook them at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove and shake the basket a few times during cooking to help them roast evenly.

Cooked pumpkin seeds in an air fryer


How should I store air fryer pumpkin seeds?

Store your roasted pumpkin seeds in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

What other seasonings can I use?

Roasted pumpkin seeds will be delicious with a wide variety of seasoning. Try taco seasoning for some Mexican flair or Cajun seasoning for a little spice. Ranch seasoning is always a hit, as well.

Overhead view of pumpkin seeds in a square white bowl.

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Close up of roasted pumpkin seeds

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Cooked pumpkin seeds in a square bowl

Air Fryer Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

In our house, I start roasting the pumpkin seeds while Dad helps carve the pumpkin. After the pumpkin is carved, the seeds are ready and we all sit down to watch a Halloween movie. It's a simple, fun tradition that ends with a delicious snack the family loves!


  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Remove 2 cups worth of pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin and place in a colander. Rinse well, removing all of the pumpkin pulp from the seeds.
  2. Place the seeds between two layers of paper or cloth towels and press dry.
  3. Add the seeds to a mixing bowl and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle on the garlic salt and paprika. Stir well to coat.
  4. Pour the pumpkin seeds into the air fryer basket. 
  5. Cook the pumpkin seeds at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, shaking the basket every 5-10 minutes. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes if needed to get the seeds perfectly roasted, but keep a close eye on them as they’ll go from done to burnt easily. 
  6. Let cool before serving.


    Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 402mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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Dan Olson October 27, 2021 - 4:44 am

They are very good, I used different spices! Only thing though is my air fryer had the seeds done in 15 mins, so next time I will adjust the temperature and cook time accordingly to my air fryer!

Chad Campbell October 27, 2021 - 6:47 pm

I am happy you liked the recipe! Thank you! Every air fryer is just a little different in how much heat the blow and their size, so there is some variance in the cooking time. Thanks for sharing your experience with our readers!

Franklin Kathy October 21, 2021 - 1:21 pm

Never thought of this….excited to try! Love pumpkin seeds…..

Karly October 24, 2021 - 10:09 am

Hope you love them! 🙂

gary baran October 2, 2021 - 1:47 pm

gotta try this.

Karly October 3, 2021 - 11:24 am

Hope you love them!

gary baran October 2, 2021 - 1:46 pm

I have to try roast pumpkin seeds.


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