Ranch-Seasoned Stovetop Popcorn Recipe

One of the best snacks is also one of the simplest — popcorn. Movies and theme parks just wouldn't be the same without these crunchy, salty morsels of corn. Although butter and salt are the typical toppings, there are many other ways to enjoy this versatile and nutritious snack. This recipe for ranch-seasoned stovetop popcorn brought to us by Miriam Hahn gives you ranch dressing vibes, and will have you stocking up on popcorn kernels, so you can pop them at a moment's notice. 

With just a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can whip up a delicious, warm snack. Making it the old-fashioned way on the stove is much simpler than you probably think, and even more delicious. It's great for movie nights, at-home snacking, entertaining, and packing in to-go lunches. Read on to learn how easy it is to make this ranch-seasoned stovetop popcorn recipe at home.

Gather the ingredients for ranch-seasoned stovetop popcorn

To make this recipe, we will, of course, need some popcorn kernels. "I like to buy organic popcorn kernels since corn is a crop that is often genetically-modified, and you can find this easily at most stores." To get our ranch flavor, we will need a few key spices — dill, garlic granules, onion granules, coarse salt, and pepper. Hahn says if you don't have garlic and onion granules, the powdered versions will work fine. We'll also need some avocado oil and avocado oil cooking spray.

Pop the corn

Grab a large frying pan, ideally one with a clear glass lid, and add the avocado oil. Turn the heat to medium, drop in 2 to 3 kernels, and put the lid on. We want to wait until the pan is hot enough to pop the corn before we add in the whole amount. In about 4 to 5 minutes, the kernels will pop which is your sign the pan is ready. Remove the pan from the heat, and add in the remaining kernels. Put the lid on, and place it back on the burner. Shake the pan every few minutes. It will take about 8 about 10 minutes for the entire batch to pop.

Add the seasonings, and serve

Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the dill, garlic granules, onion granules, salt, and pepper. To help the seasoning stick, spray some of the cooking spray on the popcorn, and then toss it with some of the seasoning. Repeat this a few times, until all of the seasoning has been used up. Now, your ranch-seasoned popcorn is ready to serve. To store the popcorn, keep it in a sealed container on the counter, and it will be good for up to a week. Your movie nights will never be the same again!

Ranch-Seasoned Stovetop Popcorn Recipe
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Enjoy a snack that's both filling and delicious with this easy ranch-seasoned stovetop popcorn recipe.
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popcorn in small wood bowls
Total time: 14 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • ½ teaspoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon onion granules
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  1. Add the avocado oil to a large frying pan, and heat to medium. Drop in 2 to 3 popcorn kernels, and put the lid on. After about 4 to 5 minutes, the popcorn kernels should pop. Remove the pan from heat and pour in the remaining kernels.
  2. Put the lid back on, and keep the heat on medium, until all the kernels have popped. Shake the pan around every few minutes. The kernels should all be popped in about 8 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the dill, garlic granules, onion granules, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the kernels into a large bowl, and spray with cooking spray. Toss in some of the ranch seasoning, and mix with your hands. Spray a little more, and add in the rest of the seasoning. Toss, and serve the popcorn.
Calories per Serving 82
Total Fat 5.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 0.1 g
Sodium 36.5 mg
Protein 1.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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