Lemon Pepper Popcorn

by Marla on February 1, 2013 · 48 comments

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Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I am on my way home from a spectacular journey to Northern Minnesota. Ya know when you go on a life changing trip somewhere?

You find a place that touches you and you are not so sure why….but it just does. Deeply. A beautiful snow covered land, that is where I was. I made great new friends. People that I hope to see time and time again.

While there I feasted on GIANT handfuls of this Lemon Pepper Popcorn every given opportunity.

Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Nature calls to me. I used to be more of a city gal. These days I desire wide open spaces. The only squeeze I want to feel is that of trees. Not buildings.

I get the outdoors thing. Winter’s crispy cool – invigorates and excites my soul & spirit.

Travel to Northern Minnesota | Boreal Forest | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This is the Boreal Forest.

In the same way that you can’t get a bed angle on Telluride ~ this place fits the bill too. I would love to see it in all seasons.

Wood Pile | Northern Minnesota | Boreal Forest | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Nothin like going on a winter hike & coming home to a warming drink, a crackling fire and this crunchy snack.

Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I loved it so much I left a trail of it all over the log cabin I stayed in.

Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

“Where’s Marla?” Oh just follow the trail of popcorn….

Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

All you need is 3 ingredients: Olive oil, popcorn and lemon pepper seasoning.

That’s it.

Drizzle. Pop. POP. Sprinkle. MUNCH.

Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

This popcorn will last a few days  if you allow it to.

Store in a lightly covered bowl (just cover with a dry kitchen towel.)

Lemon Pepper Popcorn | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Serve this at your Super Bowl parties or any time at all. Leave a bowl out for house guests.

What is your favorite popcorn recipe?

Lemon Pepper Popcorn

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Lemon Pepper Popcorn


  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Popcorn Kernals
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning


  • Heat the oil and popcorn in a large, deep metal pot over high heat. Have the pot lid and a large bowl handy. The oil will sizzle and the popcorn will start to pop. Cover with the lid and agitate/slide the pan around vigorously. When about to overflow dump the popcorn into the bowl. Continue to do this until all of the popcorn is popped. While hot toss with lemon pepper seasoning to taste.

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 1, 2013 at 4:40 am

A great flavor!




2 Marian (Sweetopia) February 1, 2013 at 5:51 am

The popcorn sounds so good, and I agree, the crunch would be satisfying too. I hear you on the being surrounded by trees instead of buildings, too! It’s a bit of a commute for me into work, but so worth it… I live near a gorgeous forest full of trails. My serenity. Glad you had such a lovely experience in Minnesota!


3 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:19 am

Thanks Marian!! It is a blessing to be in this kind of beauty :)


4 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 1, 2013 at 6:09 am

I’ll be at the end of the trail, right there with you. This looks fabulous!


5 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:19 am

Thanks Sommer ~ I would LOVE your company :)


6 Jeanette February 1, 2013 at 6:20 am

What a fun idea Marla – I’ve never tried lemon pepper on popcorn. It’s movie night tonight, so going to have to give this a whirl.


7 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:20 am

Sounds like the perfect plan Jeanette!


8 Deborah February 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

I can’t believe how simple this is! I definitely want to make up a batch this weekend!


9 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:25 am

Simple & oh so perfect :)


10 Gillian February 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

Delicious! Am obsessed with popcorn these days. Would love suggestions for how to make this with lemons and salt and pepper (i.e. in the absence of lemon pepper seasoning). Thanks!


11 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:26 am

Great idea Gillian ~ well worth experimenting with and I am sure very doable!


12 Maria February 1, 2013 at 6:24 am

Such a great snack!


13 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 1, 2013 at 6:25 am

Sounds like heaven on a cold snowy night!!!


14 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:26 am

Totally is Heather!


15 Kristina February 1, 2013 at 6:26 am

I used to be such a city girl myself, and while I still love the high energy of big cities, I appreciate the quiet… the wide open space… the quiet… 😉

popcorn to me is one of those weird things, it never really sounds good, but once I start eating it… YUM. lemon pepper sounds fantastic!


16 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:27 am

Kristina, popcorn is not somethin I usually reach for either. This has forever changed that!


17 Reem February 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

Isn’t Popcorn the most fun snack ever..
Yours sound wonderful, lemon pepper… yum…
Thank you for mentioning n linking my recipe. I’m linking this fun n easy recipe on my post :)
B/W im I’m loving ur pics…


18 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:28 am

You are so welcome Reem ~ your recipe looks great too!


19 Jenn and Seth February 1, 2013 at 7:03 am

this popcorn looks and sounds absolutely fantastic! thanks for linking our popcorn recipe!


20 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:28 am

You are so welcome! Your popcorn recipe looks great :)


21 Julie @ Table for Two February 1, 2013 at 7:08 am

I love how easy this is to come together and I love the lemon and pepper flavor!! They’re a perfect combination :)


22 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:29 am

Easy is key Julie! Especially after a long hike or a day on the slopes :)


23 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 1, 2013 at 7:13 am

You had me at lemon.


24 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:29 am

Ha! Liz ~ I get that :)


25 Gaby February 1, 2013 at 7:20 am

looks like the perfect snack to me!


26 Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

I like the sound of lemon popcorn!


27 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

I make popcorn almost every day! I love it that much! I pop it in a brown paper bag in the microwave. 2 tbsp of kernels, 1 sack folded over twice at the top, 90 seconds. No oil, no butter, no nothing. Just that and it’s ready! And then I love to top it with nutritional yeast and stevia. Salty, cheezy, and a tad sweet. I am trying lemon pepper next! Right up my alley!


28 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:39 am

Averie, I usually go au natural like you do. LOVE the brown paper bag thing. Have not tried the nutritional yeast and stevia though. Gotta tell ya ~ the oil is a really nice (slightly more indulgent) twist for a change.


29 Shanna@ pineapple and coconut February 1, 2013 at 9:25 am

I am SUCH a huge popcorn fan. We make it all the time here, my girls love it too. And I love lemon pepper seasoning so I am going to be trying this soon. Those winter pics are gorgeous and seeing all your pics you post of Telluride make me miss living in Colorado. My husband and I met while living in Vail, CO. We looked into moving to Durango – and I went to school in Denver and Colorado Springs. So we are very fond of the state.
And – thanks so much for the link to my popcorn recipe too – so honored!!


30 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:41 am

Shanna, sounds like you know this beautiful state well!! I bet you are an awesome skier/snow boarder 😉


31 Bree {Skinny Mommy} February 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

I was just up in MN this week myself. I am glad you could appreciate the cold there ;). I love easy snacks like this one. Thanks!


32 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:42 am

I loved that cold brisk air! Certain days the outdoors time was brief though 😉


33 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

Such a good idea! I’m definitely going to be making this soon. :)


34 Toni | Boulder Locavore February 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

What a perfect snack! So simple but never would have thought to use lemon pepper on popcorn! Glad you had a good trip.


35 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:42 am

Soooooo simple. Well worth the experiment :)


36 Nadia February 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

I am so makng this! I have the perfect popcorn bowls too :-)


37 Marla February 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

Yay!! Enjoy Nadia :)


38 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Such a great little snack, and I love the peppery citrusy flavor! Sounds like you’re settling happily in Telluride. Have a great weekend!


39 Marla February 2, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hi Georgia! Telluride has been an amazing life change :)


40 bridget {bake at 350} February 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Why have I never, ever thought of putting lemon pepper on popcorn?!? So smart, Marla! Now my mouth is watering!!!


41 Marla February 2, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hi Bridget ~ perhaps not time for the popcorn ’cause u make the most beautiful cookies ever!!!


42 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Yum, I LOVE popcorn – such a great snack. I love experimenting with different spices and flavors too!


43 Marla February 2, 2013 at 5:05 am

Amanda, think I am gonna try every flavor in my spice rack!


44 The Healthy Apple February 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

LOVE it Marla! Such a great recipe. We’ve been poppin’ lots of popcorn over here. Miss you and sending you hugs to the mountains from the big city!


45 Kathy | Sarangdipity February 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

Oh hey, I was just planning on popping popcorn today, too! What great timing ( and coincidence), haha. Your trip to a snow-laden land sounds magnificent. I love the crispness that winter and snow brings (although it is cold…and my friends do think I’m a wee bit weird for loving the cold) and just the short description you gave makes me want to go there too! :)


46 Marla February 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

Oh Kathy, I have been a bit odd my whole life ’cause I prefer the snowy winters days. They are so soothing to me. Glad to hear there is a fellow fan 😉


47 Carla @ Carlas Confections February 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

I would much rather live in country/forest/nature areas too, yet somehow I seem to only live in cities. I blame my hubs 😉 We always say how we want to retire in Alaska, or somewhere really mountainous or by the water somewhere. It calls to us haha. I could use a big ole bowl of this popcorn too right now


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