Indulge in a unique and irresistible flavor experience with our Dill Pickle Popcorn recipe. This delightful fusion of tangy dill pickle seasoning and the satisfying crunch of freshly popped popcorn is a snack that takes your taste buds on an exciting journey. Whether you're a popcorn enthusiast or a pickle lover, this zesty and savory treat is sure to become your new favorite snack. Easy to make and impossible to resist, our Dill Pickle Popcorn is the perfect blend of flavors that will elevate your snacking game to a whole new level.
Dill Pickle Popcorn
I had to try to make this Dill Pickle Popcorn after I stumbled upon the Aldi version and tried it. Oh My, Y'all. It is SO good.
If you're interested in trying the store-bought version before you make your own, you can find it easily on the snack aisle at Aldi. I have also seen it with the seasonal stuff, during the summer months. If you like Dill Pickle flavored snacks, they are a must. I also like their Dill Pickle Flavored Cashews, which are with the 100 calorie snacks. Seriously, I could eat way too much of this stuff.
I liked the idea of making my own for a couple reasons. For one, the store-bought stuff doesn't stay fresh for very long. I have always noticed that about bagged, pre-made popcorn.
And two, I wanted the option of having Dill Pickle Popcorn just like I do regular popcorn- warm and freshly made when we are about to sit down to watch a movie at home!
What You Need:
This is not a recipe with a ton of odd ingredients you have to buy! And, if you make your own popcorn often, you probably won't have to buy anything extra.
First, gather your popcorn ingredients. You can make your popcorn according to the package directions, which usually includes butter, vegetable oil, or coconut oil.
We use coconut oil, pictured below, but for this recipe you can use what you normally do for homemade popcorn. No need to buy the coconut oil if you don't already have it in the pantry! 🙂
Coconut oil doesn't taste any different when used in cooking, and it is widely considered to be a healthier alternative to regular cooking oils.
Dill Flavoring for Dill Pickle Popcorn
Now for the dill seasoning! I add my Dill Pickle Seasoning AFTER I cook the popcorn, but you can also add a dash to the Popcorn Popper to let it cook with the flavoring, if that's what you prefer.
If that's a little too involved- which I understand!– using dried dill from the grocery store works just fine. I have been known to have both in the kitchen! We love our large vegetable garden, so for now I am using fresh dill I've dried and have prepared.
I use my Homemade Dill Pickle Seasoning to flavor meats, to go in dips, and of course make this irresistible Dill Pickle Popcorn. You can follow the link above to get that recipe.
Fair warning, although the Dill Pickle Seasoning is absolutely amazing, it does take some ingredients you may have to find at the store or order on amazon. For example, you might not have White Vinegar Powder or Citric Acid readily available in the pantry.
If that's you– it's OK! You can always use pre-made Dill Pickle Seasoning if you don't want to make your own.
Pro Tip: Try adding a little pickle juice the coconut oil for a little extra pickle flavor.
I love making my own since I try to stay with natural ingredients and avoid those store-bought mixes when possible.
Salt Your Popcorn Before You Cook:
As always, salt that popcorn!! Even when using the Dill Pickle Spice afterwards, I aded a little Popcorn Salt prior to cooking.
Homemade Popcorn Recipes usually call for salt on the package, so I have this Flavacol Popcorn Seasoning Salt in the pantry to add to it. This carton lasts forever, even if you make your own popcorn often.
Adding Dill Pickle Spice:
After you make your popcorn, generously add your Dill Pickle Seasoning to the entire bowl or just to your own bowl –if everyone wants different flavored popcorn, like we do here. LOL.
To add to the entire bowl. use about 1-2 tsp, cover the popcorn with lid, and gently toss. And enjoy!
How to Make Homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn on the Stove
- Prepare the Dill Pickle Seasoning: As stated above.
- Heat the Butter or Coconut Oil: In a large pot with a tight-fitting lid, melt the butter/coconut oil over medium heat. Swirl the pot to ensure the bottom is evenly coated.
- Add the Popcorn Kernels: Add a couple of popcorn kernels to the pot. Once they start to spin or sizzle, it's an indication that the butter is hot enough.
- Pop the Popcorn: Pour in the rest of the popcorn kernels and immediately cover the pot with the lid. Gently shake the pot occasionally to prevent burning.
- Seasoning Time: As the popcorn starts popping, listen for the popping sounds to slow down. Once there's about 2-3 seconds between pops, remove the pot from the heat.
- Season the Popcorn: Carefully remove the lid while tilting it away from you to avoid the steam. Sprinkle the dill pickle seasoning evenly over the popped popcorn. You can also add a bit of salt at this point if desired.
- Toss and Serve: Place the lid back on the pot and hold it in place while giving the pot a good shake to evenly distribute the seasoning. Pour the seasoned popcorn into a large bowl.
- Enjoy: Your homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn is ready to enjoy! It's perfect for movie nights, parties, or anytime you're craving a unique and flavorful snack.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this recipe for people with dietary restrictions? Yes, you can adapt this recipe for various dietary needs. For example, you can use dairy-free butter alternatives for a vegan version or adjust the seasonings to accommodate specific preferences.
How can I prevent the seasoning from clumping on the popcorn? To prevent clumping, make sure the popcorn is warm when you add the seasoning. The residual heat will help the seasoning distribute more evenly. Also, consider using a shaker or sieve to sprinkle the seasoning rather than pouring it directly onto the popcorn.
Can I make a larger batch of this popcorn for a party? Yes, you can easily scale up the recipe to make a larger batch. Just make sure you have a large enough pot to accommodate the increased quantity of popcorn kernels.
How do I store leftover Dill Pickle Popcorn? To keep your popcorn fresh, store it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. It's best to consume it within a few days to maintain its crunchiness.
Can I add other seasonings to the popcorn? Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with your seasoning. You can experiment with additions like grated Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, or even a touch of spicy cayenne pepper.
Is It Gluten Free? Yes, the basic Dill Pickle Popcorn recipe provided is naturally gluten-free. Popcorn itself is a gluten-free whole grain. However, it's important to ensure that the dill pickle seasoning you use is also gluten-free. Some pre-made seasoning blends might contain additives or ingredients that could potentially contain gluten. To make the recipe completely gluten-free, either make your own dill pickle seasoning using gluten-free spices or make sure to choose a certified gluten-free seasoning blend if you're buying it pre-made. Always double-check ingredient labels if you have specific dietary restrictions or sensitivities.
Be sure to check out more of my favorite Dill Pickle recipes below! If you love this Homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn, you will love Dill Pickle Dip!
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