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Crispy Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

Air fryer pumpkin seeds are easy to make and SO much better than store bought! If you’re ready to make crispy homemade pumpkin seeds at home, this is how! 

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Ready to try air fryer pumpkin seeds?? We were and they were such a tasty healthy snack! They’re gluten free too! With just a few ingredients you too can make this east air fryer recipe. (participant in Amazon program, affiliate links present)

Pumpkin Seeds Air Fryer

October means all things pumpkin right??!! 😉 Don’t throw those seeds away this year, try this! It is basically free since you may have been throwing them away all these years and make a crunchy snack.

Ninja Foodi Pumpkin Seeds

There are lots of different brands out there and they all basically work the same by cooking food with hot air. If you use the Foodi it is the lid that is attached that you will use for this recipe.

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How do you clean and roast pumpkin seeds?

The first thing you need to do is carve a pumpkin and prepare the seeds. Set the rest aside and decide how you want to cook that. Either pressure cook, bake or air fry pumpkin slices or make puree.

  • We share how to clean pumpkin seeds well here. It is important to follow these steps so they get nice and crispy once they’re cooked.

Then you can make oven roasted homemade pumpkin seeds, or follow this recipe for your air fryer.

I will tell you that separating the pumpkin pulp from the seeds is a little time intensive. So why bother doing this when you can buy a bag of salted pumpkin seeds at the store?? I will tell you the two are NOTHING alike.

Store bought seeds are VERY HIGH in sodium and not as crispy as you’ll get when air frying pumpkin seeds yourself. Homemade is always best, you have to admit that. Invest just a little time and you too will agree with me.

how to clean pumpkin seeds

Air fryer pumpkin seeds

This is what you will need to prepare them:

  1. A fresh pumpkin
    1. or a few if you want to make a larger batch
    2. each one will yield about 1 cup of seeds

FYI: Larger pumpkins don’t necessarily yield more, I prefer medium sizes.

  1. Carving knife
  2. Paper towels to dry seeds
  3. Butter or olive oil
  4. Salt – these are the Lawrys seasoned salt ingredients
  5. Ninja Foodi or other electric air fryer
    1. we’ve used our Ninja Foodi Grill machine too

I will say that we make them lightly salted. If you prefer heavily seasoned / salted seeds then add more salt. 

how to make pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds in air fryer

Let me answer a few questions you might have in mind right now as you’re reading this. Then you can move on to make your favorite snack perfectly! 😉

Which is better roasted or raw pumpkin seeds?

Eating them raw would never be something I’d do. Toasted, roasted, or air fried pumpkin seeds are best if you ask me.

Can you eat pumpkin seeds in the shell?

YES, that’s the best way! I have tried them with the shell off and they are quite bland as all the seasonings are on the outside. Just eat them whole after you crisp them up.

What is the benefits of eating pumpkin seeds?

They’re actually quite good for you. They contain antioxidants, magnesium, and zinc too. If you eat the outsides too they’re a great source of fiber.

Once your seeds are prepared it is best to preheat your air fryer at 360 degrees for about 4 minutes. That will ensure your air fryer basket will be nice and hot when you add them. This will help get them really crispy!

cosori air fryer

Pumpkin Seeds in Ninja Foodi

Can you double or triple this recipe? Yes!! Just make sure you only add about 1 cup at a time so they are in one layer and not overlapping much. This will ensure the hot air can circulate properly and they will become quite crispy.

Steps to follow:

  1. Put cleaned and dried seeds in a bowl with olive oil or butter and seasoned salt, stir.
  2. Preheat your air fryer for 4 minutes at 360 or 350 degrees (some set differently, we used 360)
  3. Pour seeds into basket and set for 10 to 15 minutes shaking the basket after 5 minutes.
  4. Cook for 5 more minutes and check.
  5. If they’re crispy enough to your liking remove and enjoy, if not toss the seeds and allow to cook a few more min.
  6. Then allow to cool and enjoy!

If you are making multiple batches this process could take up to 35 minutes shaking every 5 minutes with every batch.

toasted pumpkin seeds

Now are you ready? Make a bunch and save them in airtight baggies to keep them crispy and crunchy for longer. They’re a healthy snack with the shell on that we all 5 love so much. Give them a whirl this week and let us know what you think!

Looking for more pumpkin recipes? We have bunches and bunches!

Use our pressure cooker pumpkin recipe to make homemade puree and use for lots of desserts.

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin

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Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds

Air fryer pumpkin seeds are easy to make and SO much better than store bought! If you're ready to make crispy homemade pumpkin seeds at home, this is how!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, crispy, ninja foodi, pumpkin seeds, toasted
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 128kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 c pumpkin seeds cleaned
  • 1.5 tbsp butter melted, or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt Lawry's was used, this comes out lightly salted, use more if you like heavily seasoned


  • Remove pumpkin seeds from pumpkin and wash off. Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees for 4 minutes.
  • Pour rinsed seeds on a few paper towels and press down to remove excess water and dry seeds off.
  • Melt butter and pour into bowl with pumpkin seeds (olive oil can be used), sprinkle seasoned salt on top too and stir together.
  • Pour coated seeds into air fryer, sprinkle a bit of additional seasoned salt on top of them and close lid/drawer.
  • Cook at 360 degrees for 10 minutes total, shaking basket after 5 minutes.
  • Resalt if desired and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 330mg14%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 133IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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air frying pumpkin seeds
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Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

I have a NUWAVE Air Fryer and used your recipe. Absolutely delicious pumpkin seeds. Better than when I used to do them in the oven. Thank you

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 22nd of November 2022

Oh yay, I know so much better right??

ken miller

Friday 26th of November 2021

Your recipe is great. But that's a Cosori, not a Ninja Foodi. I have that exact model & I love it. -Ken Miller.

Brian F. Kirk

Sunday 31st of October 2021

Best pumpkin seeds I ever made. Thanks!

The Typical Mom

Monday 1st of November 2021



Tuesday 17th of November 2020

So excited to try this in my air fryer!


Sunday 1st of November 2020

Totally the best way to roast the seeds. I added a little garlic powder & white pepper. So easy and they taste delicious. They do pop a little inside, but by checking them they turned out amazing. Thank you

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