Lemon Spiced Middle Eastern Style Popcorn_

I have this obsession with popcorn. This wasn’t always the case, but over the years, I’ve developed this serious obsession with light, crunchy, slightly salty (usually white cheddar flavored) popcorn. My mom used to make popcorn almost weekly. She’d mix some dry corn kernels with vegetable oil  in a pot over the oven and I’d wait around the kitchen listening to the kernels popping against the sides of the pot. Sometimes, the popcorn would overflow onto the stove. She’d toss the popcorn with salt, and I’d run off to watch my favorite TV show with a bowl of mom’s simple stovetop popcorn.

Lemon Spiced Middle Eastern Style Popcorn_

Over the years, my mom stopped making stovetop popcorn. Mostly because it was a lot easier to just buy a bag of microwave popcorn. It wasn’t until a few years ago I discovered SkinnyPop popcorn. Aside from the fact that  it’s low calorie — major selling point for me — it’s also made with simple ingredients. It tastes like my mom’s stovetop popcorn, without all the work. I was sold! Not to mention, it also comes in my favorite flavor … white cheddar. I could have cheddar popcorn every day and be the happiest person in the world. Some days, I even forego a nutritious lunch for a whole bag of low calorie cheddar popcorn. Don’t tell my mom …


Lemon Spiced Middle Eastern Style Popcorn_


Lemon Spiced Middle Eastern Style Popcorn

Yield: About 4


  • 4 cups freshly popped popcorn
  • [Alternative: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat, add 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, cover and leave on heat until most of the kernels have popped]
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Salt (citric acid)
  • 2 tablespoons Sumac
  • 2 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Seven Spice
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil


  1. In a large bowl, mix popped popcorn with olive oil until coated
  2. Add Sumac, Onion powder, Garlic powder and seven spice and continue stirring until completely coated
  3. Serve warm
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