This Dill Pickle Popcorn takes just 10 minutes to make and packs a tangy, savory punch that will have you hooked after the first bite. Made with simple pantry ingredients like popcorn kernels, melted butter, dried dill, and pickle juice, this recipe transforms ordinary popcorn into a lip-smackingly delicious treat.
As an American living in England, I occasionally get homesick for classic snacks from back home that are hard to find in the UK. Dill pickles are one of those quintessential American foods that I really miss munching on. So when I managed to get my hands on a precious jar of genuine dill pickles, I knew I had to put them to good use in some tempting recipes for my readers.
This Dill Pickle Popcorn is an absolute must-try - it's completely addictive with the perfect balance of tang and crunch in every bite. Made by tossing hot, fresh popcorn with melted butter, dried dill, and actual pickle juice, this moreish snack comes together in just 10 easy minutes.
Keep reading to learn how you can transform a few humble ingredients into the tastiest dill pickle flavored popcorn that will have you hooked from the very first bite. This recipe is so quick and simple, you'll want to make it again and again!
- Popcorn: I recommend starting with popcorn kernels, as to microwave popcorn, which generally comes seasoned and buttered.
- Dill Pickle Juice: All you need to do is pour off a few tablespoons of the juice from a jar of dill pickles.
- Butter: I used margarine, a plant-based alternative to butter.
- Garlic Powder: Garlic powder gives this recipe that deep flavor that makes it so addictive.
- Onion Powder: Adds a subtle onion flavor that enhances the complexity of the seasoning. It works well with the dill and garlic to create a more layered taste.
- Dill (dried and fresh): Dried dill adds a concentrated dill flavor, while fresh dill gives a vibrant, herby aroma that makes this recipe so yummy. Together, they create a balanced dill profile in the popcorn.
- Salt & Pepper: Salt and pepper are essential. Together, they make all the other flavors pop.
👨🍳How To Make Dill Pickle Popcorn
- Step 1 - Make Your Popcorn: Pop the popcorn kernels using your preferred method (microwave, stovetop, or popcorn machine). Make sure they're fully popped and set them aside in a large mixing bowl.
- Step 2 - Make Your Dill Pickle Seasoning: In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pickle juice, and black pepper. Start with 1 tablespoon of pickle juice and adjust to your preferred level of tanginess.
- Step 3 - Mix It All Together: Pour the seasoned butter mixture over the popped popcorn. Use a spatula or your hands to gently toss the popcorn, ensuring that each kernel gets coated with the seasoning.
- Step 4 - Sprinkle With Fresh Dill: If you're using fresh dill for garnish, sprinkle it over the popcorn and toss again to distribute the dill evenly.
- Step 5 - Allow The Flavors To Be Absorbed: Allow the popcorn to sit for a few minutes to let the flavors meld together. Serve in individual bowls or a large serving dish.
This popcorn is best enjoyed fresh and warm on the same day it's made. However, you can store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. The texture may soften slightly upon storage, but it will still taste delicious.
For longer storage, you can place the popcorn in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, remove the desired amount and reheat in the microwave or oven until hot and crispy again. Add an extra sprinkle of dried dill or pickle juice if needed to restore the flavors.
Pro tip: Letting the popcorn come to room temperature before eating will help prevent condensation from making it soggy after microwaving straight from the freezer.
🙋Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this dill pickle popcorn recipe is gluten-free! Since it's made using just basic whole food ingredients like popcorn kernels, butter, dill, spices, and pickle juice, there is no gluten present. As long as you use certified gluten-free popcorn and make sure any other ingredients you use are marked gluten-free, you can safely enjoy this snack even if you follow a gluten-free diet or have celiac disease. The fresh flavors and crunch come just from simple seasonings, with nothing starchy added. So this is one tasty popcorn recipe that can be part of your gluten-free lifestyle!
Yes, you can omit the butter or substitute it with olive oil or avocado oil. The butter helps the seasoning stick to the popcorn, but using oil instead will also work. You may need to use a bit more oil than the amount of melted butter.
For the most authentic dill pickle flavor, use the brine from genuine dill pickles (not sweet pickles). The brine can come from pickle spears or pickle chips. For extra tanginess, use the brine from refrigerated dill pickles rather than shelf-stable. But any dill pickle juice will infuse the popcorn with flavor.
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Homemade Dill Pickle Popcorn
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 teaspoons dried dill
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
- 2 tablespoons pickle juice adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill for garnish, optional
- Pop the popcorn kernels using your preferred method (microwave, stovetop, or popcorn machine). Make sure they're fully popped and set them aside in a large mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pickle juice, and black pepper. Start with 1 tablespoon of pickle juice and adjust to your preferred level of tanginess.
- Pour the seasoned butter mixture over the popped popcorn. Use a spatula or your hands to gently toss the popcorn, ensuring that each kernel gets coated with the seasoning.
- If you're using fresh dill for garnish, sprinkle it over the popcorn and toss again to distribute the dill evenly.
- Allow the popcorn to sit for a few minutes to let the flavors meld together. Serve in individual bowls or a large serving dish.