A great snack for either adults and kids – plain old popcorn gets a makeover with a drizzle of sesame oil and finely chopped seaweed. This is so much easier to do than how it sounds – just whizz up a couple of nori sushi wrappers in your blender to make the seaweed flakes.
My dad used to love making homemade popcorn. He had an old copper kettle with drips and spots baked in all over it. I always remember staying up late and hearing my parents pop their popcorn and the sizzle of their diet coke pouring over ice – Ok, this is fast sounding like an 80s TV commercial! Then they were either going to watch something juicy (then I had to go to bed) or the Civil War television series North and South with Patrick Swayze as Orry Maine. Who remembers that??
Fast forward 30 years and I loved introducing my sons to popping their own popcorn. Its like a science experiment – they get excited about waiting for the pops and seeing how the little hard seeds blow up into pillowy popcorn. As snacks go, pop corn is a pretty healthy choice compared to potato chips or processed snacks. I love it for myself too, as it’s a low calorie snack.
Kids love sushi. Kids love popcorn. Put them together and you have a win-win. I also love avoiding the crazy add-ins like synthetic flavouring and colouring that can come along with shop bought popcorn. Or the cost! I saw a small (individual sized) bag of seaweed popcorn at a big health food store for $5. This homemade version will cost about $.50 per serving.
To make this Sesame Seaweed Popcorn, all you need to do is whizz up a couple of nori wraps in your blender on high for a few seconds until fine. I added in a little sugar and salt for the salty/sweet pleasure sensation! Set that mixture aside while you pop your corn. Heat the coconut oil (or olive oil is fine, too) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Test to see if it is ready by adding one kernel. When it pops, then add the rest of the kernels. Cover until the pops slow down – when you haven’t heard one in 2/3 seconds, take off the heat. Add to a large bowl and lightly drizzle with sesame oil. Sprinkle over the seaweed mix and toss well with your hands until all the popcorn is coated.
Here is your recipe for Sesame Seaweed Popcorn:
- 2 Nori Seaweed Sheets
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
- 1 tsp Sea Salt Flakes
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- ¾ Cup Popping Corn Kernels
- 3 tsp Sesame Oil
- Place the nori, sesame seeds, salt and sugar in a blender. Whizz on high for a few seconds until a crumb texture is achieved. Set aside.
- In a small heavy duty saucepan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Test to see if hot enough with one kernel. When it pops, add the rest of the kernels. Cover. It is finished when the pops are slowing down to 1 every ⅔ seconds. Take off the heat.
- Add the popcorn to a large bowl and drizzle all over with the sesame oil in a small stream. Sprinkle over the seaweed flakes and mix well with your hands until all the popcorn is coated.