Who remembers growing up as a kid and having family movie nights?! I do!! I used to love getting those popcorn shakers and putting all kinds of topping on my popcorn. I know better now then to top my popcorn with those shakers that can be filled with MSG and other additives. So I wanted to come up with a healthy recipe for dill pickle popcorn the whole family could enjoy. I hit a home run with this recipe as they all gave it two thumbs up.
I believe everything is better homemade then what comes out of a package. I have never been a super big fan of popcorn from the movie theaters the thought of the “butter” that comes out of a pump, makes me gag every time I think about it. The oils that they use in the movies theaters aren’t the best either. Genetically modified canola oil is usually what they use. If you have this oil in your house, throw it away. The number of pesticides that are in GMO canola oil is unreal. Instead, change it up for avocado oil or coconut oil. I personally mix the two when I am baking or making popcorn. This recipe I used half and half but if you just have one oil at home you can use that too.
Dill is such an amazing herb. I have always liked dilly pickles. I have a serious love for dill pickles. My daughter does as well as I have found some empty jars laying around lately. What I love about this popcorn is that the dill flavor isn’t overpowering and the spices of the mustard seeds and coriander really give the popcorn beautiful undertones of that dill pickle flavor. You can add a greater portion of the spices to really kick it up a notch, but I still love to taste that I am eating popcorn too so I kept this recipe more on the milder end.
I know there are many people who may be wondering if this recipe is healthy as it has fat in it. I know when you google is popcorn healthy for you, air-popped popcorn comes up as healthy and popcorn cooked in oil isn’t. I just wanted to clear this up. I believe we all need good fats to help nourish our bodies. I used to be in a fatphobia stage when I was younger thinking fats made you fat. But this isn’t the case. When you choose healthy fats like coconut and avocado oil then this popcorn becomes healthy even with the fat. I add the avocado oil in there to help bring the coconut oil up to a higher smoke point. Smoke point for an oil means the temperature you can raise it to before the fats in the oil denature. You ideally don’t want that as your body doesn’t know how to process them optimally. So choose oils with a higher smoke point when making popcorn.
I hope you print this recipe for your next movie night. Put your feet up after a long week and enjoy some quality family movie time. We sure love our movies nights.
Yields 4 servings
A healthy homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn that isn't filled with MSG. Natural herbs and spices give fresh flavours to this amazing popcorn recipe. My girls love this dilly popcorn.
7 minTotal Time
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/3 + 1/4 cup minced fresh dill
- 3/4 cup popcorn kernels
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 large clove of garlic (or two small ones)
- Crush up some of the mustard seeds if you can using a spice mortar I just used a rolling pin.
- Add coriander, coconut oil, avocado oil, 1/3 cup dill, black pepper, garlic, crushed mustard seeds and popcorn kernels into a large pot.
- Put the pot on the stove at a medium high heat and stir with spoon until oil is melted.
- Place lid on pot and shake pot back and forth allowing the kernels to move. Keep moving the pot back and forth until they start to pop.
- Once you don't hear the kernels moving back and forth it anymore it is most likely all the kernels have popped.
- Don't over cook or your popcorn will burn.
- Take popcorn pour put into bowl. Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 cup of fresh dill.