Salty Sweet Pumpkin Seeds

You know how salty and sweet just go together? And you know how pumpkin seeds are just the best treat ever? Combine the three and you have the perfect snack.

Salty Sweet Pumpkin Seeds

This is the ultimate favorite pumpkin seed variation in our house. The sweet flavor comes from brown sugar and the salty comes from Montreal Steak Seasoning.

Montreal Steak Seasoning has salt and pepper, of course, onion and garlic flavors as well as herb notes, usually including rosemary and coriander. It’s the perfect blend of savory lightened by the green herb flavors.


Salty Sweet Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 and 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds (patted dry of any liquid)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. steak seasoning (like Montreal Steak Seasoning)


  1. Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line a large pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the pumpkin seeds and the oil. Stir to coat them well. Add the brown sugar and steak seasoning. Roast the seeds until they are dry and crisp, 30-40 minutes, stirring once halfway through roasting.
  3. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack to cool the seeds before eating. Transfer to a serving bowl or store roasted pumpkin seeds for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.