I know you might be wondering why I’m posting another corn recipe but since it’s the summer I thought why not show you a few different corn recipes! Especially for movie nights during the summer I wanted to create an extra special popcorn recipe. This Syrian inspired spice mix is what I usually add instead of Zataar seasoning on my version of Syrian bread 🥖 which is perfect on popcorn too.
Before I share the recipe I will emphasize how much better to me popcorn tastes when you make it on the stovetop. As someone who used to eat microwave popcorn I have to admit making it on the stovetop is life changing. I don’t have a microwave anymore so I don’t have that option but even if I did I think I would still make my popcorn this way. The trick to getting popcorn to come out correctly in a pot or pan is having a large pot or wide pan with a heavy lid that gives it a very good seal. A heavier lid is more likely to give a better seal.
I like stove top popcorn because:
➡️ I can control the amount of oil or butter 🧈 I’m adding
➡️ I get a few unpopped kernels leftover
➡️ I can choose whatever butter or oil I like. Sometimes I like a mixture of both.
➡️ it’s less wasteful than single-use popcorn bags
➡️ I can make as little or as much popcorn as I want versus a pre-measured microwave bag
The recipe for this popcorn is below. The mixture of spices is not spicy but aromatic kind of like zaatar seasoning but even more flavorful.
Syrian Spiced Popcorn 🍿 (serves about 2 people)
1/4 Cup popcorn kernels
1/4 Cup olive oil
1 Tsp sumac
2 Tsp dried parsley
1 Tsp allspice
Heat your pan or pot to a medium heat for a few minutes and then drizzle a generous amount of olive oil (about half the oil in the ingredients) with the popcorn and mix. Note* If this is your first time making popcorn on the stove top then maybe just for your safety I suggest starting off adding the oil and popcorn first before heating the pot. Then put the lid on and once you hear the kernels sizzling you can just shake the pot a bit. I just would not want you burning yourself from the kernels and hot oil if you’re new to this.
Shake the pan or use a spoon to coat the kernels on the oil and place the lid on. Shake the pot occasionally as the kernels pop.
While the popcorn is popping mixed the spice ingredients together with the rest of the oil while keeping an eye on the popcorn and shaking occasionally.
You’ll know the popcorn is done once you don’t hear the kernels popping anymore and at this point you can turn the heat off. The popcorn will still continue to cook a little bit unless you remove it from one burner to another cool burner. I usually keep it on for a few minutes to get extra crunchy popcorn.
Mix the popcorn with the spice mix and enjoy! While making this I always eyeball the ingredients so I’m not exactly sure about the measurements but feel free to adjust.
I’m using pinch cups from Daiso Japan which is a Japanese market in LA. I can’t see this style of cup on the website anymore. These green porcelain ones I bought in the store but they may not be available anymore. They are for soy sauce when eating sushi but I just use them as pinch cups for cooking. I found another kind that I will link here and there are other ones on the website as well. You really can’t beat the prices of the ones from Daiso so feel free to look around on their site and definitely check out the store if you’re in LA! Pinch cups are great if you film cooking videos often or are just an enthusiastic cook!
Shallow bowl, white, d4.53 x 1.18 in, 10pks
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