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Bowl of Popcorn

Sumac Popcorn

  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes


A delicious, zingy popcorn seasoned with sumac spice.


  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels, divided
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sumac spice – 1/2 – 1 teaspoon, to taste


  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, combine the oil and 1-2 popcorn kernels. Cover the pot and wait for the kernels to pop.
  2. Once those kernels pop, remove pot from the burner and quickly add in the remaining kernels. Cover the pot with lid and give it a little shake to distribute the kernels evenly. 
  3. Place covered pot on medium heat and allow the kernels to begin popping – every few minutes give the pot a little shimmy to move the kernels around. 
  4. Continue cooking until you hear the popping begin to slow down, give the pot a quick shimmy and remove from heat.
  5. Remove lid and season directly in your pot. Adding salt to taste and a 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of sumac spice to taste. Shake popcorn until fully coated and then pour into serving bowls to enjoy!


  • Use a good, heavy-bottomed pot. A heavy bottom pot is important – it is best at distributing heat to cook evenly.
  • Don’t turn the heat up too high. Popcorn can burn very easily, so keep the temperature at medium and be sure to check for any burning smell.
  • Season slowly. Start with less and you can always add more!

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