Spicy Pumpkin Seed Popcorn

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Did you know that pumpkin seeds go pop? Just like popcorn, only it’s a little less spectacular. But what popped pumpkin seeds lack in volume, they make up in flavour. Already more flavoursome than standard popcorn, Pumpkin Seed “Popcorn” becomes an exceptional snack with a simple addition of cumin, chilli and salt.

Whereas cumin and chilli is always much the same, the quality of salt varies immensely. This may be frugalfeeding, but it’s worth spending money on your salt. My salt of choice is Maldon; it’s widely available and has a genuinely pleasant flavour. Really want to treat yourself? Give Halen Môn a go. You’ll want to eat it alone. By the spoonful.

Pumpkin Seed Popcorn Recipe

The mix of cumin and chilli is just a serving suggestion, of course. There’s no limit to the ways in which you can flavour your pumpkin seed popcorn. Salt alone would be a good option. And I’d stake my – currently non-existent – house on sweetened pumpkin seeds being mightily yum.

Spicy Pumpkin Seed “Popcorn”

Serves 2


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 100g pumpkin seeds
  • a generous pinch of salt


  1. Heat the oil over a medium heat and gently toast the cumin seeds and chilli flakes.
  2. Add the pumpkin seeds and toast until they begin to pop. Put a lid on the pan and heat until the popping begins to slow.
  3. Season the pumpkin seed “popcorn” with a pinch of sea salt flakes. Enjoy.

Pumpkin Seed Snack Spicy Pumpkin Seed Popcorn

Cost: Unless you’re buying your pumpkin seeds irresponsibly, they aren’t going to cost very much. In fact, it’s almost not worth stating what this snack will cost you. But I’ve started so… 80p should do it.

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38 comments on “Spicy Pumpkin Seed Popcorn

  1. laurenkahan
    March 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Oh!!! I had NO IDEA! This sounds amazing!!! Can’t wait to try!

  2. Gary H.
    March 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Just to clarify – you used raw pumpkin seeds, right?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 4, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Yes! Raw kernels.

      • Gary Horn
        March 9, 2015 at 12:09 am

        I tried this last evening in a cast iron dutch oven. I don’t know where I went wrong, but the seeds simply turned black. I didn’t hear any obvious popping until I poured the blackened seeds onto a plate. Then I heard crackling.

        • frugalfeeding
          March 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          That’s strange – I’ve never had that… Duff seeds?! Perhaps you had the temperature too high?

  3. cookinginsens
    March 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Cumin and chili flakes sounds wonderful. I’ll try this. Thank you Frugal.

  4. Cathy
    March 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Mmmmm! Loved them! I made these today, but I used curry powder in place of the cumin as I was out of cumin.
    Thank you!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Oh great! That was speedy. Glad you enjoyed.

      • Cathy
        March 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        I had just bought a bag of pumpkin seeds – I todt them for salads, but this sounded better!

        • Cathy
          March 5, 2015 at 3:40 pm


        • frugalfeeding
          March 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

          Give them a go! They’re so simple anyway and you can’t go wrong 🙂

  5. cityhippyfarmgirl
    March 4, 2015 at 2:47 am

    perfect snack!

  6. Michelle
    March 4, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Looks delicious! Steve ruined a pot the other day popping up sorghum. Amazing what one can pop up, if they don’t mind ruining a pot. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Ah! Well no pots were ruined here. Actually, they make very few marks on the pan compared to popcorn itself.

  7. missstilletto
    March 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Yumm when i was four my grandad roasted pumpkin seeds and gave them to me as healthy treats now im 53yrs older and still i remember thank u for yr post.

  8. Kirsten
    March 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Love the sound of this. I have popped pumpkin seeds before – when dry roasting for a recipe. They can be quite violent!

  9. Corina
    March 4, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I’d never have thought of doing this with pumpkin seeds – I love the flavours you’ve put on them though – they sound really tasty.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      I only stumbled across the method by accident! Thank you 🙂

  10. Jennifer M.
    March 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Who knew? Those look fab! Can’t wait to try them.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      I only found out by accident! A happy accident.

  11. Kate
    March 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Raw pumpkin seeds from the inside of a pumpkin direct?
    I am soaking mine in water and bicarbonate to remove dodgy enzymes first… Will the popcorn still work??

    • frugalfeeding
      March 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I honestly do not know! Make sure to use the kernels sans husk.

  12. Claire Sambolino
    March 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    This is such a great idea! who knew!

  13. Veronica Sheppard
    March 11, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Aren’t pumpkin seeds the best? This looks like a great use of them!

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