Dill Pickle Popcorn

Dill Pickle Popcorn
So I have this obsession. It's Lay's Dill Pickle Chips. Quite honestly, I can't even have them in the house. Once they're opened, I can't sleep until I know that bag is empty. It's a curse.

There is something about the acidic "dill pickle" flavor with a chip that I love. I wish I never knew about them. Which brings me to this recipe for Dill Pickle Popcorn. I was perusing some magazines the other day and came across a recipe for Dill Pickle Popcorn...I totally had to have it and couldn't stop thinking about it. 

The addition of citric acid is what makes this recipe "pop". You can't leave it out. I use citric acid in the kitchen a lot. It adds a vibrant sour flavor to food and even soft drinks. I think Diet Pepsi has more citric acid than Diet Coke, which is why I prefer the Pepsi. I really don't know that for sure, it's just an observation of my palate. Anyone know?

Anyway, sprinkling citric over fruits keeps them from turning brown. And sometimes it's just a little addition to a sauce or another recipe that gives it a wow factor. Everyone should have it in their kitchen. I use it in the winery so I have pounds and pounds and pounds of it around, but you can get it too. It might be in the canning section of the grocery store or get it here. You will use it in so many things. Promise.

Dill Pickle Popcorn Kernels
I make popcorn in the Whirley-Pop. It's so easy and comes out perfect. I have also spent a lot of time researching the best methods and oils to use when popping. Coconut oil definitely tops the list as the best to pop with. Peanut oil is close second.

To make up the dill pickle flavoring, you will need to grind up some spices in your spice grinder.

Dill Pickle Popcorn Bag
This is a great game day snack. It will keep the troops happy until the main spread is ready!

Dill Pickle Popcorn side
There wasn't any leftover! Make sure to serve it hot.

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Dill Pickle Popcorn

Recipe from: Slightly adapted from Food and Wine | Serves: 8 cups popped popcorn


Dill Pickle Flavoring:

  • 1 Tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon citric acid

For the Popcorn:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut or peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Special Equipment Needed:

  • spice grinder


  • Place all ingredients for dill pickle flavoring in a spice grinder and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Pop popcorn using any method you choose. I use the Whirley-Pop with 1/2 cup kernals and 2 Tablespoons coconut oil.
  • When popcorn is ready, drizzle with melted butter. Start sprinkling with dill pickle flavoring and tasting until desired flavor is reached. Everyone will use a varying amount.

Have you tried my Dill Pickle Soup? You need to get on that!

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22 Comments and 11 Replies

  1. I have t tried the dill pickle chips but I can’t trust myself around salt and vinegar chips, so I’m pretty sure I’d love them. And this popcorn! This sounds Delish. Must I share? ;)

  2. Ok, this whole citric acid thing is new to me. I know I read it on the ingredients list of foods, but never thought about using it in my own kitchen. I do have some Fruit Fresh, I’ll have t see if it’s pure citric acid. Now, let’s talk popcorn. My Whirly Pop lives on my stove top. Love it. I happen to like using olive oil and it’s end flavor with the popcorn. I have used coconut oil with great results. I’ve not tried peanut oil. But I do know I don’t like canola oil to pop corn. No matter what heat level I set my gas stove, I still end up with a “burnt” flavor in the popcorn. It just heats up too fast. I do experiment with flavors, so must give this dill pickle a try. Thanks for all this information Cathy.

    • Cathy 4

      You will love having it around. It only takes a pinch to liven the flavor of something. I use it in a lot of sauces too.

    • Lorena James 5

      Avocado oil has a high smoke point. I use an air popper then drizzle 1/2-butter & coconut oil with a spice mix & sprinkle with grated parmesen cheese.

    • Lisa 6

      Do you start with the kernels in as it heats? I find one or two kernels to wait for the popping, the add the rest. I start on highest… Then wait until it starts popping again then reduce to lowest heat to finish. Works well. Also making sure to not add seasonings that burn easily to the popper. I’ve had flop batches using store seasonings… Especially bad when they had sugar in it without me checking. Not every seasoning can be whirled pop safe. Always needs a salt base, sugar is a sure fail… Herbs a sure fail… Other than that the high to low worked with any oil I have used.

  3. This sounds like a fabulous snack! Yum!

  4. I’m loving all these popcorn ideas out in blogworld! So yummy, Cathy!

    Happy weekend!

  5. Karly 10

    Dill Pickle Popcorn?! Yes, please. I love those dill chips too!

  6. Whaaattt?! Dill pickle popcorn?? Ohmagoodness, I have to make this immediately.

  7. Katrina 14

    A couple of my boys would probably love dill pickles. They would love this. Even better, I just recently bought some citric acid. I’m going to have to try this.

    • Cathy 15

      I love having citric around, I use it for so many things. Today I added it to my guacamole and so far it’s not turning brown. And it livens up the flavor too.

  8. What a fun flavor!!!

    • Cathy 17

      I know, but it’s so addicting…like those dill pickle chips. I can never stop eating them.

  9. YUM! Thanks for sharing. I made some today to try tonight with a movie. I used dried dill from my garden. And didn’t have the citric acid, so I substituted with sumac (it has a lemony flavor). I posted a photo to my flickr site } link to flickr.com

  10. Rachel (S[d]OC) 20

    Are you my long-lost sister? I can’t get dill pickle chips in my area. A friend in Canada sent me some once. The only reason I didn’t wolf them all down was that they were my only chance to have them.

    I also love my Whirly Pop and love coconut oil for my oil (didn’t movie theaters get scolded by the health police for doing that?). I believe it was you who suggested using bacon fat once. I wouldn’t mind using duck fat either.

    I’m thinking a batch of pickle popcorn would suit my ailing self well right now. My husband hates it when I flavor popcorn, so I’d have it all to myself!

  11. I love flavored popcorn! I will have to try this out I imagine the dill and coriander imparting a fabulous flavor! Have a great week!

  12. Mrs. L 23

    I still remember the first time I came across Dill Pickle Chips…just about swooned! Love them. I’m a dill pickle person (it goes in my tuna salad, my potato salad etc). Now there is Dill Pickle Popcorn? Swoon again!

  13. This is awesome…for real. I love the dill chips, but am also obsessed with Dill PIckle Cashews from Target.
    Love this!

  14. I have been saving this e-mail for this post in my inbox so that I wouldn’t forget about it! I am now going to pin it and make it ASAP! I’ll need to make a small, small batch because I won’t be able to stop eating this!

  15. Theresa 26

    Oooooh, this sounds terrific! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Sorsha 27

    Do you mean Lays dill pickle chips? I have not heard of Loy’s

  17. SOSSITY 28

    I thought it said loys too but it is, lays.. it is, kind of a, weird font that shows for me.. maybevyou too

  18. Theo 29

    Everybody’s mentioning dill pickle chips. Was there a recipe or some reference to dill pickle chips? And isn’t FRUIT FRESH the same as citric powder? This recipe sounds like a winner!

  19. Theo 30

    Did you get my questions? Why are we looking for pickle chips? Also is not FRUIT FRESH the same as citric acid powder? Also could I use microwave popcorn and sprinkle this seasoning on it?

  20. Debbie 31

    Popcorn Wagon sells a dill pickle flavor popcorn seasoning and it is delicious! So, if you don’t want to make this recipe you can buy it from them online or in store if you have one nearby.

  21. My friend just forwarded m the recipe for the dill pickle soup and I cannot wait to try it. Oh and the popcorn to. Love my pickles!

  22. Greg Kvaternik 33

    I too am a lover of all things dill pickle. I first found dill pickle chips back in Minnesota in the Old Dutch brand. I was hooked. I live in CA and my family used to send me care packages of dill pickle chips. When Lay’s started doing them I no longer needed the care packages. Unfortunately, or fortunately?, not ever place carries the dill pickle chips so I sometimes have to work to get my fix. I also am a popcorn fanatic. I use my flat bottomed wok to make great popcorn. I love the idea of the home made dill pickle seasoning, I must try it. If you want a shortcut, go to spicebarn.com and look up their popcorn seasonings. They have dill pickle. Granted it is filled with sodium but the taste is awesome. I found myself putting it on everything. Check it out.


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