Cajun Popcorn

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with popcorn since being diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. Basically, I love it, but hate the fact that I can’t sprinkle it with salt. So you can understand why today’s recipe stopped me in my tracks. A healthy alternative to plain popcorn? I was skeptical. How good could it be? Let me say this popcorn even impressed my kids. My older daughter, especially, kept returning to the kitchen to refill her bowl. Normally one to shun spicy food, I heard her mumbling, “This is really spicy,” as she continued feeding herself handfuls. The recipe as written is taken verbatim from the American Medical Association Family Health Cookbook, save for the omission of salt. I’ve made (and varied) it several times with success. Think of this recipe as a suggestion; something to try and adapt as desired.

Yields 32 cups.

SODIUM CONTENT: less than 1 mg per cup


1 c. raw popcorn
2 T. vegetable oil
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 T. water


Pop the popcorn using an air popper, then place in a large bowl or stock pot.

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add all of the spices and herbs along with the tablespoon of water. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Drizzle the mixture evenly over the warm popcorn and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve immediately.

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8 Responses to Cajun Popcorn

  1. shambo says:

    Sounds really good. I like the idea of cooking the herbs & spices a bit in oil & water before tossing the mixture with the popped corn.

  2. I really like popcorn, too – although I guess it never occurred to me why (all that salt and butter)! It would be very frustrating not to be able to enjoy those things (and this sounds like a very delicious alternative, Dishy)! 🙂

  3. Tammy says:

    Mmmmm….grab a movie, a blanket, some rum punch and call it date night!

  4. I don’t really need salt, as long as there’s butter. But now I’m trying to imagine the taste of unsalted butter and wondering if it compares. I’m always up for anything spicy, though!

  5. Julie Alameda says:

    Hey Christy, just wondering what happened to you. I haven’t seen you on FB and was wondering if everything was ok. I hope you received the box I sent. Please let me know.
    Julie xoxo

  6. Christy says:

    Hey everyone!! Sorry for my lack of response the past 2 weeks. I’ve been on vacation in Vermont. Because of the lack of internet, I set the website to auto-publish while I was away. Will catch up on comments, etc. now. Hope everyone is healthy & well!!

    PS: Hope you all give this popcorn a try. You can alter the level of seasonings to suit your taste and even add others. If you come up w/ a perfect combination, feel free to share!

    PPS: Julie – will be checking my PO Box soon and will let you know. Can’t wait!! Thanks so much XO

  7. Andrea says:

    I feel the same way!!! Since getting Meniere’s I haven’t found a good “popcorn topping” yet 🙂 Fun! I can’t wait to try this!!!!!

  8. Christy says:

    Awesome, Andrea! Hope you enjoy it!

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