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Air Fry Your Pumpkin Seeds For The Perfect Air Fryer Snack

Don’t let those pumpkin seeds go to waste; turn them into a delicious snack!

Once you’ve scooped them out of the pumpkin, give them a good rinse, and instead of switching the oven on, pop them in the air fryer!

Read on to discover how simple it is to cook pumpkin seeds in an air fryer.

air fried pumpkin seeds in a jar next to an air fryer and a pumpkin

How To Cook Pumpkin Seeds In An Air Fryer

Whether you are carving a pumpkin or using a pumpkin for another recipe, you’ll have what feels like an endless supply of pumpkin seeds!

What You Need To Cook Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Oil: I used one teaspoon of olive oil, but you can use a different variety
  • Seasoning: I used smoked paprika, but you could use garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon and sugar for a sweet version

As you scoop them out, put them in a bowl or a colander, ready to be rinsed. Remove as much of the fleshy string as you can from the seeds.

pumpkin seeds in bowl

Clean The Pumpkin Seeds

Run the pumpkin seeds under water to clean them, then lay them on a chopping board or tray and pat them dry with kitchen paper towels or a clean tea towel.

drying off pumpkin seeds

Dry them as much as possible; the drier they are, the more they will crisp up in the air fryer.

Season The Pumpkin Seeds

In a bowl, toss the dried pumpkin seeds with the olive oil until they are well coated.
Season with salt and any other seasonings you are using. Toss again to distribute the seasonings evenly.

seasoning pumkin seeds in a glass bowl

Transfer The Pumpkin Seeds To The Air Fryer Basket

Put the seasoned pumpkin seeds in your air fryer basket.

pumpkin seeds in air fryer basket

Depending on your air fryer type, you might need to put some baking paper or an air fryer liner down to prevent the pumpkin seeds from falling through any gaps in the basket.

Set your air fryer to 180°C (350°F) and cook the seeds for 8 to 10 minutes. As I had quite a few pumpkin seeds to air fry, they took a little longer to crisp up all over. I also had to shake them in the basket a few times.

roasted pumpkin seeds in air fryer

When the pumpkin seeds have turned a golden brown and are crunchy to bite into, remove the air fryer basket and leave them to cool slightly.

pumpkin seeds in bowl next to air fryer

Serve them in a bowl as a tasty snack or sprinkle on a soup or over a salad.

curried pumpkin soup in a Ninja soup maker with a pumpkin seed garnish
Air fryer pumpkin seeds sprinkled on a curried pumpkin soup

How Long Do Air Fried Pumpkin Seeds Last For?

Pumpkin seeds cooked in an air fryer should last for up to 7 days if kept in a suitable, airtight container. If they have softened up during storage, pop them back in the air fryer for a few minutes to crisp up.

pumpkin seeds in jar next to air fryer

I hope you enjoy this air fryer pumpkin seeds recipe. Let me know in the comments if you end up making it!

More Air Fryer Snacks

An air fryer is perfect for making snacks – check out some of my favourite air fryer snack recipes for inspiration:

air fried pumpkin seeds in a jar next to an air fryer and a pumpkin

Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

There's no need to switch your oven on when you can roast pumpkin seeds in the air fryer!


  • Pumpkin seeds (from one pumpkin)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp seasoning*


  1. Remove string and flesh from pumpkin seeds and wash using a colander.
  2. Dry off the pumpkin seeds by patting them dry with some kitchen towel or a clean tea towel.
  3. Pour oil over the seeds, followed by your choice of seasoning.
  4. Transfer to the air fryer basket (you may need to line your air fryer basket if the seeds are likely to fall through any holes).
  5. Set the air fryer off on 180°C and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking them at various intervals.
  6. They are ready when they are golden brown in colour and crunchy.


Seasoning: use salt, to taste
Optional: Your choice of seasonings (e.g., smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or cinnamon and sugar for a sweet version)
Storage: Air fried pumpkin seeds last for up to 7 days in an air tight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

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