Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Popcorn


The Snackable Recipe Contest and Free Snackable Recipe Book got me thinking about my favorite snack, popcorn. I usually enjoy it simple and savory, but this glazed popcorn recipe is a worthy treat. It is spiked with healthy little poppy seeds and a double dose of natural lemon goodness.

Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Popcorn - Easy, Flavorful, Bright Recipe that's also Lowfat, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Nut-Free!

This glazed popcorn has a bright, fresh, summery appeal, but is also perfect for packing in lunch boxes as we head into fall, and can also be savored when citrus is at its prime, in winter! And though the recipe calls for plain old sugar, you can use organic sugar or sub in you favorite unrefined granulated sweetener – but you may want to run coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice through a grinder to powder before using, since they don’t always dissolve as readily.

The recipe and photos here were shared with us by Popcorn.org – I swear I should be on their payroll just to help support my popcorn habit! They use a common natural glazing technique with whipped egg white (yes, eggs are dairy-free!), but I’ve included a simple “kettle-style” option for vegan and egg-free popcorn-lovers, too.

Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Popcorn - Easy, Flavorful, Bright Recipe that's also Lowfat, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Nut-Free!

Special Diet Notes: Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Popcorn

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

For egg-free and vegan lemon poppy seed popcorn, you can substitute 3 tablespoons of coconut oil for the egg white. It will be less of a glazed popcorn (and the mixture won’t be foamy), but more of a kettle corn.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Glazed Popcorn
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Serves: 4 quarts
  • 4 quarts air-popped non-GMO popcorn
  • 1 egg white (see post above for egg-free / vegan option)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  1. Heat your oven to 300°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, a silicone baking mat or greased foil.
  2. Spread the popcorn onto the prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white, sugar, salt and lemon extract until foamy. Mix in the lemon zest and poppy seeds. Pour over the popcorn and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, stirring once midway through the baking time. Cool completely before storing in airtight container.
Note: The use of egg white helps flavors adhere to popcorn, without adding fat through more traditional use of oils.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I was so excited to make this. I make all kinds of flavored popcorns all the time. I was disappointed, however, with this one. I was nervous about the egg white “melting” the air popcorn but decided to give it a go anyway. Sure enough, it coated nicely but while it was in the oven , the liquid settled and when I went to go stir it, I saw that many puffs were shriveled and soggy. I baked it the full amount anyway to see if it could be salvaged. The flavor was good, sweet, salty, lemony, bu the texture was bad. I will not make this again but I will look to see how I can incorporate these flavors into a less liquidy coating.

    • I’m sorry that didn’t work out for you. That’s very odd as this is a common technique. Feel free to use the vegan option I have listed, which uses oil instead of egg whites.

  2. Honestly, I have never tried a citrus-flavored popcorn so this truly intrigues me. Since I do love anything with citrus, I am sure I will enjoy this for snacking – I can just imagine that fresh zing from the lemons!

  3. So I had this idea that I was going to make filled lemon poppy seed muffins…they were a total failure and now I have the rest of the jar of poppy seeds waiting to be used. I’m totally making this popcorn!

  4. This looks amazing! I have never actually had any sort of glazed popcorn, but i love the idea of it, and with the lemon! You’re right… in the winter this will be a perfectly light pick me up in flavour in comparison to the heavy stews, chillis and other meals! My girls will love it on their lunches! Thanks 🙂

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