Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cilantro-Lime Popcorn

Cilantro-Lime Popcorn
If you ask me what my favorite snack is, I will most-likely tell you that it is popcorn.  I’ve even been known to call it a suitable meal.  Seriously, it is!  It’s a whole grain, at least.  (Just don’t tell anyone about the added butter & salt!)

This weekend I found myself with an abundance of fresh cilantro on hand.  Most people either love it or hate it, yes?  I fall into the “love” category.  Like, absolutely, always-on-hand, put-it-in-everything, l.o.v.e.  My first thought was to make some Chipotle-like cilantro-lime rice to blog about but found out that a lot of people have already done that.  Instead, I started brainstorming other ways to use this fun flavor combination.

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One glance into my pantry and the decision was made – cilantro-lime popcorn. I loved it before I even tried it. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of it before – buttery popcorn with sweet, fresh cilantro and tangy, tart lime juice – snack (or dinner) perfection!

Now I am fixated on coming up with more fun popcorn flavors but we will start here.  While I do love enjoying a bowl with just butter and salt, I love mixing it up by adding in some fresh flavor every now and then.

What is your favorite snack?

Cilantro-Lime Popcorn

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Cilantrop-Lime Popcorn

Yield: 2-4 servings

Total Time: 15 min (includes popping time)

Buttery, stove-top popped popcorn with a Tex-Mex twist of cilantro, lime and salt.


4 cups popped popcorn (instructions below)
2 Tbs. butter, melted (I used Land O’ Lakes Sea Salt & Olive Oil)
1 Tbs. lime juice (1 lime)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt


I pop my popcorn on the stove because because I prefer it that way. Pop your popcorn however you wish! Here are the instructions for stove-popping:
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. (I use grapeseed, you can use canola, vegetable, etc. just not olive oil, it will be likely to burn)

Add a few popcorn kernels, cover the pan and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add 1/3 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down, shake the pan often. Remove from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl.

While the popcorn pops, melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the lime juice and cilantro and stir well. Remove from heat. Add the popcorn to a large bowl and pour on half of the butter/lime/cilantro mixture and shake to distribute. Repeat with the rest of the butter mixture. Add the salt and shake again until well mixed.

Cilantro-Lime Popcorn

Cilantro-Lime Popcorn


97 Responses to “Cilantro-Lime Popcorn”

  1. #
    Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures — March 28, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    Woah, this sounds good! I usually lean toward sweet or simple salty popcorn flavor combos, but this savory one is on my list to try now!

  2. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — March 28, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    This is an awesome combo, would be nice with an ice cold beer and a good movie! 🙂

  3. #
    Heather — March 30, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    This post really has my mouth watering. It looks truly amazing!

  4. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 1, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    I happen to LOVE cilantro, and would totally consider this a “suitable meal”! 😉

  5. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — April 1, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Ooh, hello most perfect snack ever! I love this!

  6. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 2, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I love cilantro. This is on my must-try list!

  7. #
    Jody — January 4, 2014 @ 6:22 am

    I cannot wait to do this tonight. I love playing with flavors of popcorn. I agree that stovetop or campfire popped cant be beat. I am famous (within my family anyway, hahaha) for my hot popcorn. Just add chili oil to the regular oil for popping, about half and half. After it is popped sprinkle on salt and cayenne pepper. It give the popcorn a nice slow burn flavor. Addicting to say the least.

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    Jody — January 10, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    I had to come back and tell you how pleased I am that you went the way of the POPCORN with your abundance of cilantro instead of rice. These flavors with rice is very nice and expected, but on popcorn? That is new and smart. I finally had an opportunity to pop some and I cannot even tell you how giddy I was after eating the first few handfuls. Hahaha. As I said in a previous comment I love to play with popcorn flavors and my spicy corn has always been a family favorite. That is until this one has joined the ranks. I am going to have to make equal amounts of both now to satisfy my popcorn nuts at home. Thankyou for an idea that I would not have come up with.

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    Mustard Gifts — September 4, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    Hello there 🙂 ! Your recipe sound absolutely delicious, plus we love cilantro! We’ve included in our Top 5 popcorn recipes for a movie night 🙂 Hope you like the blog post!

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    Nicole — October 15, 2015 @ 8:38 pm

    OMG. I just scarfed down an entire bowl of this by myself! It was a meal unto itself…I’m stuffed! I subbed out the butter for coconut oil and reduced the amount by half. It was SO DELICIOUS! The combination of flavors set my tastebuds dancing!


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