Quick and Easy Homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn Recipe

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Discover a quick and easy homemade dill pickle popcorn recipe that combines the tangy, savory flavors of dill pickles with the buttery richness of popcorn. It’s delicious and addicting!

Homemade pickle popcorn recipe with a dill seasoning mix.

I have to be fully transparent…I was extremely skeptical about how the flavors of dill pickle would taste on buttery popcorn. 

When I mentioned to Mr. ERH that I wanted to make a homemade dill pickle popcorn recipe, he said and I quote, “That is disgusting.” But with an idea in mind, I was not going to let my skepticism and his unwillingness to try something new stop me from making this recipe. 

So, if your first thought is like my husband’s, please do not let it hinder you from stepping outside your comfort zone and trying this amazing recipe! 

I promise that if you’re a pickle lover, you are going to enjoy this tangy popcorn as much as we did. You will be shocked (like Mr. ERH & I) at how quick & easy, delicious, and addicting this recipe really is!

Homemade popcorn with dill weed, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

Whether you’re looking for a unique after school snack for the kiddos, an appetizer for game day, movie night, or simply craving something different for your afternoon munchies, this homemade dill pickle popcorn recipe has got you covered. 

It’s going to become your new favorite snack in no time!

Why dill pickle popcorn?

Homemade dill pickle popcorn offers a unique and exciting twist on a classic popcorn snack. 

It combines the satisfying crunch of popcorn with the bold and tangy dill pickle flavoring, creating an ingenious mix of flavors that are both savory and addictive. 

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The combination of buttery popcorn and the zesty, briny taste of pickles is a delightful surprise for your taste buds, making it a must try for anyone looking to explore new and exciting flavors in their snacks. 

So, why dill pickle popcorn? Because it’s an unexpected and delicious treat!

Movie night snack idea with this dill pickle popcorn.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • QUICK & EASY – With just a handful of simple ingredients and straightforward steps, this easy snack is perfect for satisfying sudden cravings or impromptu snack times.
  • VERSATILE – Most of the ingredients used are pantry staples, making it convenient to whip up this snack whenever the craving strikes.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE – You can adjust the level of pickle flavor by tweaking the amount of dried dill weed & garlic to suit your taste preferences.

Choosing the Right Popcorn for this Recipe

For this delectable dill pickle popcorn recipe, the star of the show is the popped popcorn itself. Choosing the right popcorn can make a significant difference in the overall quality of your snack.

Here’s what you need to know about the popped popcorn you can use:

  • Freshness Matters: Starting with fresh popcorn kernels is key. Stale or old popcorn can result in a less crunchy and flavorful finished product. Look for a brand that ensures the freshness of their kernels.
  • Unflavored & Unsalted: When selecting popcorn kernels for this recipe, it’s best to go for plain, unflavored, and unsalted options. This allows the unique dill pickle flavor to shine through.
  • Popping Method: The choice of how you pop your popcorn is up to you. You can use an air popper (which is what I used), stovetop, or microwave method. Whichever method you choose, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions or your preferred stovetop popping technique to ensure evenly popped kernels.
  • Corn Kernels: As you’re popping the kernels, be sure to remove any unpopped or partially popped ones. This ensures a consistent and satisfying crunch in every bite of your dill pickle popcorn.
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Ingredients You’ll Need for Dill Pickle Popcorn

Dill Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons Dried Dill Weed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
Dill pickle seasoning mix for homemade pickle popcorn.

Popcorn

  • 1/2 cup Popcorn Kernels (16 cups popped)
  • 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

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How to Make Homemade Popcorn Recipe

Step 1: Dill Pickle Popcorn Seasoning

In a small bowl, mix together the dill weed, garlic & onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Set the bowl aside.

Handy tip: Prepare Ahead!

Prepare the dill pickle seasoning mix ahead of time by combining the dried dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Store this spice mix in an airtight container to save time and streamline the popcorn making process.

Step 2: Pop the Popcorn

Pop your popcorn kernels using your preferred method. You can use an air popper, stove top, or microwave.

Make sure to remove any unpopped kernels and place the popped corn into a large bowl.

Step 3: Melt the Butter

While the popcorn is popping, in a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Microwave butter in 20 second intervals to avoid it splattering the microwave.

Step 4: Combine Ingredients

Pour the melted butter over the popped popcorn, gently toss and coat the popcorn evenly. Then sprinkle the dill seasoning evenly over the buttered popcorn until completely coated.

Step 5: Serve & Enjoy

Transfer your savory popcorn to a large serving bowl or individual portions for a fun snack for everyone to enjoy! 

Game day popcorn snack recipe with dill pickle seasoning.

Tips & Tricks

  • Freshness matters when it comes to popcorn. Check the expiration date on your popcorn package.
  • Choose plain, unseasoned popcorn kernels. Flavored or pre-seasoned popcorn may clash with the dill pickle flavor.
  • After popping, sift through the popcorn to remove any unpopped or partially popped kernels. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you bite into your snack.
  • When combining the popcorn with the butter and seasonings, use a gentle tossing motion to ensure even distribution without crushing the popcorn.
  • Feel free to experiment with additional spices and seasonings. For a spicy twist, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Or for a smoky flavor, a touch of paprika.
  • Dill pickle popcorn is best enjoyed fresh, so try to serve it shortly after making to maintain its ideal flavor & texture.

Storing Pickle Popcorn Leftovers

If you have leftovers (Which I doubt you will!), allow the popcorn to cool to room temperature, and then store in an airtight container for up to 1-2 days to keep the popcorn fresh and crispy. 

Keep in mind that the texture of the popcorn may soften over time.

FAQs About Pickle Popcorn

Yes, you can use store bought popcorn for this recipe. Just make sure its plain, unflavored, and unsalted to allow the dill pickle flavor to shine.

Yes, you can substitute the butter with a heart healthy oil or a plant based butter alternative for a lighter version of this snack.

Yes, this recipe can be made gluten-free by ensuring that all the ingredients used, including the popcorn, butter, and seasonings, are certified gluten-free.

Homemade popcorn with pickle seasoning for an easy snack on game day.

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Homemade pickle popcorn recipe with a dill seasoning mix.
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Homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn

This homemade dill pickle popcorn is a taste sensation. The tangy and savory notes of dill pickles combined with the buttery richness of the popcorn creates a harmonious flavor that you'll find irresistible and addicting!
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes

Ingredients

Dill Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Dried Dill Weed
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper

Popcorn

  • 1/2 cup Popcorn Kernels 16 cups popped
  • 5 tbsp Unsalted Butter

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the dill weed, garlic & onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Set the bowl aside.
  • Pop your popcorn kernels using your preferred method. You can use an air popper, stovetop, or microwave.
  • Make sure to remove any unpopped kernels and place the popped corn into a large mixing bowl.
  • While the popcorn is popping, in a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Microwave butter in 20 second intervals to avoid it splattering the microwave.
  • Pour the butter over the popped popcorn, gently toss and coat the popcorn evenly. Then sprinkle the dill seasoning evenly over the buttered popcorn until completely coated.
  • Transfer your dill pickle popcorn to a large serving bowl or individual portions for everyone to enjoy!

Notes

    • Freshness matters when it comes to popcorn. Check the expiration date on your popcorn package.
    • Choose plain, unseasoned popcorn kernels. Flavored or pre-seasoned popcorn may clash with the dill pickle flavor.
    • After popping, sift through the popcorn to remove any unpopped or partially popped kernels. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises when you bite into your snack.
    • When combining the popcorn with the butter and seasonings, use a gentle tossing motion to ensure even distribution without crushing the popcorn.
    • Feel free to experiment with additional spices and seasonings. For a spicy twist, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Or for a smoky flavor, a touch of paprika.
    • Dill pickle popcorn is best enjoyed fresh, so try to serve it shortly after making to maintain its ideal flavor & texture.
    • If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container to keep the popcorn crispy. However, keep in mind that the texture may soften over time.

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dill Pickle, Pickle Popcorn, Popcorn
Servings: 16 cups
Calories: 61kcal

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