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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.

Cilantro-Lime Popcorn | Bake Your Day

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


104 Responses to “Cilantro-Lime Popcorn”

  1. #
    priya — March 27, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    I am popcorn fiend and I love this combo!!!!

  2. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 27, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I haven’t had popcorn in ages, homemade or otherwise! Love this combination.

  3. #
    Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — March 27, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    Great idea!

  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 27, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I eat popcorn at least once a week – what a brilliant idea!!! Now can you get my husband to like cilantro??

  5. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 27, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    What a great idea! I already LOVE cilantro and lime together – how awesome to add to popcorn!!!

  6. #
    Jamie | Thrifty Veggie Mama — March 27, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    We love popcorn as a snack! We will have to try this one. Your sriracha ginger popcorn is one of our favorites.

  7. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 27, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    I’m totally in love with this!

  8. #
    Tieghan — March 27, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    So in love with this!! I need to make this ASAP!!

  9. #
    Tracey — March 27, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Ok I have a confession. I’ve never had cilantro at home (I’m sure it’s been in Mexican food I’ve had at restaurants though). I always just sub parsley instead because it’s easier than buying both. I guess I need to knock it off and grab some, this popcorn looks delicious 🙂

  10. #
    Kelly — March 27, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Ohhh I LOVE this idea!!! Brilliant! 🙂

  11. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 27, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    This is so brilliant! It’s like my favorite Chipotle rice…in a popcorn!!! 🙂

  12. #
    Cookin Canuck — March 27, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I fall into the “love” category with cilantro, too, and I am totally diggin’ this popcorn!

  13. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — March 27, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Love that this is a savory type popcorn!

  14. #
    Deborah — March 27, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    I cannot tell you how much I love this. I’m definitely making this one!!

  15. #
    liz — March 27, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I love popcorn too and my husband uses cilantro in everything, it seems, so I know he’d love this! Great idea 🙂

  16. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 27, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Oh harck YA.

  17. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 27, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    I just bought a chipotle flavored topping for popcorn but now I can make my own.

  18. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 27, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I love the cilantro lime combination! Love that you added it to popcorn!

  19. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 27, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Cilantro is my favorite herb. ever.

  20. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 27, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    I’m totally “meh” about popcorn. But cilantro and lime…LOVE. So now you’ve got me craving popcorn and that’s impressive 😉 Love this!

  21. #
    sarah k @ the pajama chef — March 27, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    what a fun popcorn topping! my husband isn’t a huge popcorn guy, but he did like a sweet & spicy srircha popcorn i made a few weeks ago. i wonder if he’d like this!

  22. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 27, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    LOVE this Spring-y take on popcorn, Cassie! So fresh and flavorful!

  23. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 27, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    this is my dream popcorn, Cassie. 🙂 I cannot get enough cilantro, ever. I eat popcorn like it’s going out of style.

  24. #
    Sonya — March 27, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I want this RIGHT NOW!! I love cilantro. In fact when I was pregnant with Colton I craved it. I put it on everything!! So much I grossed out my husband! Hahaha!! And I so think popcorn is a suitable meal! 🙂

  25. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — March 27, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    This is such a great flavor combination and it was brilliant to add it to popcorn!

  26. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 27, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I just ate a ton of popcorn for a snack last night..more than my usual and oh, it was so good! I have it almost every day and love that you love it too! I even have a popcorn board which this is being pinned to!

  27. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 27, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I love everything about this! I love pop corn, but I tend to burn my pans making it on the stove. I’ll have to try grape seed oil next. I’ve been putting it in brown paper bags and popping in the microwave.

  28. #
    Carla @ Carla's Confections — March 27, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    Oh man. I am going to need to make this one when my hubs isnt around, because unfortunately he falls into the “hate” category. He told me he read somewhere that people who hate cilantro are people who are “more evolved” and have heightened sense of smell and taste. Ha, he thinks he’s Sheldon from Big Bang or something ;D But anyway, I would love this popcorn, even if he doesnt! LOL

  29. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — March 27, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    This is beyond heavenly. There is seriously nothing better than stove-top popcorn. Popcorn is my favorite snack too so I’m SUPER excited to dig into this!

  30. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 27, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Love this, two of my favorite flavors!

  31. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 27, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    SUCH a great flavor combo, Cassie! This looks like the perfect summer snack… alongside a couple cocktails of course! 😉

  32. #
    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — March 27, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    One of my favorite flavor combos and I FULLY support Popcorn as a meal!! Dinner especially! I am so making this soon!

  33. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 27, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Yes! Totally loving this flavor combo! I need to get on the popcorn bandwagon!

  34. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — March 27, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    What pretty popcorn! My favourite snack has to be cookies, but popcorn is a must if there are movies involved 🙂

  35. #
    katie — March 27, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh my… this looks amazing. I love making flavored pop corn at home, and this flavor combo has my name all over it!!!

  36. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 27, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    I love cilantro and lime and of course popcorn, this looks magical!

  37. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 27, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    What a great idea! Im not in love with the standard butter and salt on popcorn so im gonna have to try this.

  38. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 27, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    My kids would love this!

  39. #
    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — March 27, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    My husband is obsessed with popcorn! Obsessed!! Geez and I thought he was the only one..haha

  40. #
    Joanne — March 27, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

    I ADORE that cilantro lime combo also! I could prob eat that whole bowl of popcorn if left alone with it.

  41. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 27, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    what a perfect snack!! love this flavor combination, it’s seriously so fiesta geared! haha, even if i’m having a solo tv watching party 😉

  42. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — March 27, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    I love cilantro too! Definitely trying this one.

  43. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 27, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    This is totally a suitable meal! I love cilantro too! What a great combo for popcorn. Definitely need to pop this up soon! 🙂

  44. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 28, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    I love homemade popcorn and I too, put cilantro on e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! This is such a great idea!

  45. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 28, 2013 @ 2:20 am

    You are a genius for coming up with this! And being the crazy snacker that I am, I know I won’t be able to put this popcorn down until I finish every last bite!

  46. #
    marly — March 28, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    I definitely like cilantro and think this sounds amazing on popcorn. Yum!

  47. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — March 28, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Cilantro & Lime popcorn, what an awesome idea 🙂 I love this!

  48. #
    vimali — March 28, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    this is such simple yet delicious idea.. can’t wait to try it 🙂

  49. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — March 28, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    I’m a cilantro head through and through and topping popcorn couldn’t sound better.

  50. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — March 28, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Oh my stars, Cassie! This has got to be THE BEST popcorn flavor combination ever devised by man (or woman, LOL)! I mean, really…we enjoy cilantro and lime with CORN CHIPS, right? So, why not POPCORN? Being such a cilantro and lime lover, and total popcorn fiend, I can’t believe I didn’t think of this combo! BRAVO, girl! xo

    • Cassie replied: — March 28th, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

      I hadn’t even thought of it that way but you are exactly right. No wonder it made sense! 🙂

  51. #
    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!

  52. #
    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! 🙂

  53. #
    Heather — March 30, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

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

  54. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 1, 2013 @ 11:27 am

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

  55. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — April 1, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

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

  56. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 2, 2013 @ 8:37 am

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

  57. #
    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.

  58. #
    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.

  59. #
    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! http://www.justmustard.com/blog/5PopcornRecipes/

  60. #
    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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