Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds are so ridiculously easy and delicious. Whether for a snack or to top your favorite salad, these pumpkins seeds are amazing and take a fraction of the time to roast!

Roasted pumpkin seeds are so nostalgic.

As a kid I remember sheet pans filled with pumpkin seeds and waiting for what felt like forever for them to roast in the oven. A tradition I carried on with my family. Sadly, now that my girls are older, we don’t carve pumpkins anymore. However every year I make pumpkin puree or use pumpkin in a recipe, and I always make toasted pumpkin seeds.

Last year, I decided to “roast” pumpkin seeds in my air fryer. Best. Decision. Ever. The seed crisped up in 10 minutes! And then I snacked on them all week.

Okay, 1 day. I ate them all in a single day. sorrynotsorry.

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds ingredients.

To Make These Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds You Will Need:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • olive oil spray
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

slice of the stem of the pumpkin.

Trim the top of your pumpkin. I made a frittata and was using a pie pumpkin, however the seeds from a traditional carving pumpkins work too!

inside of the pumpkin.

Pie pumpkins are smaller so obviously there will be less seeds. This recipe is based off of  1 small pumpkin.

scraping the seeds out with a spoon.

Scrape out the seeds and pumpkin guts.

seeds and pumpkin guts in a glass bowl.

And add them into a bowl.

cover pumpkin guts with water.

Cover with water and soak for a few. I massage the seeds (for the lack of a better word) to detach seeds from any of the stringy pumpkin.

seeds float to the top of the water.

Eventually the seeds will float to the top.

transfer seeds to a colander and rinse

Then using a slotted spoon, scoop up the floating seeds and transfer to a colander. Rinse well with cold water. Discarding any pumpkin fibers.

drain and pat dry.

Drain and pat dry with paper towel or a clean kitchen towel.

transfer to a clean kitchen towel to dry completely.

Dump out onto a new, clean kitchen towel.

spread evenly.

Spread evenly and allow to dry completely. I usually do this over night. Even though I want seeds like NOW, you want the seeds thoroughly dry.

completely dry pumpkin seeds.

Add the seeds to a bowl.

pumpkin seeds sprayed with oil and seasoned.

Spray with olive oil and season with a generous pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Next preheat your air fryer to 35o or 360° – depending on the make and model of your air fryer.

What Is Air Frying?

An air fryer is a counter top appliance that requires less oil (anything from a few spritz to 1 tablespoon) yet produces crispy food that rivals most deep fried foods. By using circulating hot air, it moves at a high speed so the food tends to cook in a fraction of the time.

There are a bunch of different makes and models of air fryers. My husband did the research (as he’s known to do) and found this air fryer [affiliate] to be one of the best. But do your research and purchase one that fits your lifestyle.

How is Air Frying Healthier? 

Air frying is healthier because only a thin layer of oil coats the food and when the hot air comes in contact it will crisp. Saving you a ton of fat and calories (without sacrificing any flavor!) because food is not being submerged in a vat of hot oil.

Keep in mind, not all air fryers are equal. Some preheat and some do not. Some are smaller than others therefore you may need to work in smaller batches to air fry.

For more Air Fryer recipes, click here for my growing collection.

pumpkin seeds in air fryer basket.

Once your air fryer has preheated, add in the pumpkin seeds. You may need to work in batches or times may vary if air-frying a larger batch.

toasted pumpkin seeds

For a small batch, it should take 10 minutes. But keep checking on them to avoid burning. If your seeds aren’t toasty and crisp after 10 minutes, air fry for increments of 2 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Golden and crispy. 

Salty and peppery.

A delicious and healthy snack!

And SO much easier and quicker than roasting in the oven.

Enjoy! And if you give this Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds
Yield: 1/2 cup

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds

Air Fryer Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds are so ridiculously easy and delicious. Whether for a snack or to top your favorite salad, these pumpkins seeds are amazing and take a fraction of the time!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • pumpkin seeds
  • olive oil spray
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice of the stem to your pumpkin and cut in half from top to bottom.
  2. Scrape out all the seeds and fibers into a bowl. Cover with water and soak for 10 mintues. Use your hands to remove any seeds from the fibers. The seeds will float to the top.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the seed to a colander set into your sink. Rinse well, removing any excess pumpkin.
  4. Pat dry with paper towel and transfer to a sheet pan lined with a clean kitchen towel. Paper towel will eventually stick to the seeds and leave some lint stuck to them.
  5. Let dry completely. I usually do this over night.
  6. Preheat your air fryer to 360°.
  7. Spray the dried pumpkin seeds with olive oil spray and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Once preheated, arrange the seeds into the air freyer in a single layer (best as possible) and air fry for 10 minutes. Shaking the basket gently halfway through.
  9. Larger batches may need more time. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  10. Once toasted allow to cool slightly before snacking.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 148mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.