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How to Make Creamy, Tangy Ranch Popcorn

This ranch popcorn recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves bold, zesty flavors!

Ranch goes well with just about everything — salad, pizza, and especially popcorn. Pair the two together to make ranch popcorn, and you’ll have an instant crowd-pleaser for movie night, game night, or surprise gatherings. It’s super easy to prepare with your Popper!

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Ranch Popcorn Ingredients

  • ½ cup kernels
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried buttermilk powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried chives
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

Ranch Popcorn Directions

Step 1: Make Ranch Popcorn Seasoning

Mix buttermilk powder, dried parsley, parmesan cheese, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, and black pepper in a small bowl to make your ranch seasoning for popcorn. Set aside.

Step 2: Heat

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Set your stove to medium heat and allow the Popper to preheat for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3: Pour Oil

Pour oil into the Popper. 

Step 4: Add Kernels

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Toss 2-3 kernels into the pot. When the first one pops, add in the rest then cover the Popper.

Step 5: Turn and Pop

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Turn the Popper’s crank clockwise as the kernels pop to prevent them from sticking to one place. You don’t need to do this the entire time — just give it a few turns and the Popper will work its magic.

Step 6: Remove

Take the Popper off the heat when popping slows and remove the lid.

Step 7: Season

Gradually sprinkle the ranch popcorn seasoning over the popcorn, then cover the Popper. Turn the crank a couple more times or simply shake the pot to distribute the seasoning.

Step 8: Serve

ranch popcorn in a bowl surrounded by herbs and popped popcorn kernels

Pour your ranch popcorn into a big bowl, wait a few minutes for steam to escape, and enjoy!

More Ranch Popcorn Tips

  • If you want to make this recipe even quicker, you can use store-bought ranch seasoning mix instead. We don’t recommend ranch dressing because it’ll turn your popcorn soggy and won’t keep well.
  • You shouldn’t have any trouble getting the ranch popcorn seasoning to stick, but if that isn’t the case, spraying a light layer of oil or melted butter over the popcorn should help.
  • If you have any leftover popcorn, store it in an airtight container and eat within a week. We bet you’ll gobble everything down before then, though!

A Perfect Combination

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Savory ranch and crunchy popcorn make for an addicting combo. Serve this popcorn during get-togethers, and we’re sure it’ll be one of the first items to disappear! 

Want to make popcorn recipes with your Popper? Then be sure to check out our blog for inspiration!

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