Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious crunchy snack your entire family will enjoy! After you carve your pumpkins toss the seeds into the air fryer for a crisp snack!

Vertical photo of air fryer pumpkin seeds (cooked) in a black air fryer basket. An orange pumpkin to the top right.

Pumpkins are so much more than a decoration. Of course, we love to carve pumpkins each year, but we also like to use our pumpkins in the kitchen too.

We love to roast pie pumpkins to make pumpkin puree. We love the pumpkin flavor and can’t get enough of it!

If you love pumpkin flavors too, you need to check out our air fryer pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

large orange pumpkin pictured with hole cut in top and spoon on top with pulp and seeds

How to clean pumpkin seeds:

Carving and cleaning out the pulp and seeds of a pumpkin can truly be a sensory experience. There are lots of different textures inside that pumpkin!

  1. Remove the seeds and pulp from the pumpkin.
  2. Separate the seeds from the pulp as best you can.
  3. Put the seeds in a small holed strainer and rinse. Remove pulp that is stuck.
  4. Repeat and rinse if needed until pulp is all removed.
vertical picture of pumpkin seeds in a steel strainer being poured into a black pot with water

How to make air fryer pumpkin seeds:

  1. Wash the outside of your pumpkin. Remove the seeds and pulp from the pumpkin. Separate the seeds from the pulp as best you can. Put the seeds in a small holed strainer and rinse. Remove pulp that is stuck.
  2. Put the seeds into a boiling pot of water. Boil the seeds for 5 minutes. Then drainer the water and put seeds into a bowl.
  3. Add melted butter and garlic salt to the pumpkin seeds. Stir to combine
  4. Add the seeds to the air fryer basket. Air Fry at 360F/183C for 15 minutes.
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Air Fryer Pumpkin Seed Tips:

Boil the seeds – You “can” air fry the seeds without boiling but we have found that it’s best to boil first.

You do not need to dry the seeds out before air frying. We fry the pumpkin seeds wet.

The pumpkin seeds do not fly around. That is a common question that we get. We have made this many times and haven’t had that problem. I believe the weight of the wet seeds helps them not to fly.

You can adjust the flavors. Add any spices you’d like.

vertical picture of a hand holding cooked pumpkin seeds over an air fryer basket and an orange pumpkin in the top right

We love that these pumpkin seeds are:

gluten free

nut free

egg free

dairy free (if you use dairy free butter)

vertical photo of a black air fryer basket with cooked pumpkin seeds

Pro Tips

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Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds are a delicious crunchy snack your entire family will enjoy! After you carve your pumpkins toss the seeds into the air fryer for a crisp snack!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 204kcal
Ken

Ingredients

  • 2 c pumpkin seeds fresh from pumpkin
  • 1 T butter (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/2 t garlic salt

Instructions

  • Wash the outside of your pumpkin. Remove the seeds and pulp from the pumpkin. Separate the seeds from the pulp as best you can. Put the seeds in a small holed strainer and rinse. Remove pulp that is stuck.
  • Put the seeds into a boiling pot of water. Boil the seeds for 5 minutes. Then drain the water and put seeds into a bowl.
  • Add melted butter and garlic salt to the pumpkin seeds. Stir to combine. Add the seeds to the air fryer basket.
  • Air Fry at 360F/183C for 15 minutes.
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Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 259mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 3mg
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    You might be psychic: this recipe push couldn’t be better timed.

    While I had a semi-pumpkin-soup fail (because we’re new to this town and our grocery store, and I couldn’t locate unsweetened coconut milk, accepted an employee’s help, and procured what amounted to heavily sweetened Goya coconut syrup… >_<), I saved the seeds to roast. Definitely doing your tip on boiling, and I'm thinking cajun spiced. <3

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