Stovetop Sweet & Salty Popcorn

I’m not a huge fan of “loaded” popcorn; recipes coated with cheese, chocolate or excess butter leave my stomach turning.  Instead, I prefer slight nuances of flavor using a handful of ingredients.

Popcorn is a healthy snack if it’s prepared the right way.  This recipe uses minimal oil, salt and sugar without sacrificing taste.

It’s cheaper to purchase corn kernels in bulk from natural foods stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts and Sunflower Market; I have a canister stocked up just in case I have a late-night popcorn craving.  Pull out a large pot with a tight-fitting lid and a large bowl and get poppin!


1 tsp Canola Oil
3-4 T Corn Kernels for Popping
Salt, fresh ground pepper, cinnamon and sugar to taste


1.  Pour canola oil into pot and swirl to coat.  Add corn kernels, tilting and rotating pot until they’re coated with oil.

2.  Turn on burner to medium-high heat (medium if using a gas stove) and place lid on pot.  When sizzling can be heard, begin to move the pot back and forth without removing it from the burner (the goal is to prevent the corn from burning).  Continue shaking until corn begins to pop.  When the popcorn has filled up 1/2-3/4 of the pot, reduce heat to medium-low.

3.  After popping slows to 3-4 seconds between pops, remove from heat.  Pour portions of the popped corn into a large bowl, each time sprinkling with salt and fresh ground pepper, then tossing to mix.

4.  Once the entire batch  has been added, dust with cinnamon and a pinch of sugar.  Toss to mix.  Repeat 2-3 times, using modest amounts of both ingredients.

Popcorn is a canvas for dozens of different herbs and spices; smoked paprika, garlic salt, chili powder, ancho chili powder, and red pepper flakes are a few ways to spice it up (pun intended).


One thought on “Stovetop Sweet & Salty Popcorn

  1. Hi! Not a cook, just a fan of the art. But one thing I can do is pop popcorn (I lived on popcorn and salad for an entire summer in college!) Love the idea of salt, pepper, cinnamon and sugar! I’ll definitely have to try it.

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