A few months ago I was hate reading a magazine column going over some celebrities diet. I can’t remember who it was - probably because it was someone I liked so I mentally blocked it out so I could still watch their movies. Y’all, it was just awful - organic everything, just a sprinkling of carbohydrate, and “superfood” ingredients on everything. But the thing that made me snort laugh was seeing her recommend nori strips instead of potato chips. I mean…..no.
Don’t get me wrong, I love nori strips! The salty, umami flavor and crisp texture - and it feels so good melting on your tongue. But as a swap for chips? Or as a satisfying snack? Nope, nope, nope. There’s no way a pack of those is going to keep me satisfied between meals.
My favorite snacky way to enjoy nori? In this nori popcorn! To make it, I tossed popcorn popped in sesame oil with crumbled up sheets of it to give a umami flavor. Sesame seeds and sea salt are perfect for garnish!
How to Make Homemade Popcorn
Making homemade popcorn is surprisingly easy, and doesn’t take long to do on the stovetop. It’s also budget friendly, as a jar of kernels will last practically forever. Just heat the oil of your choice in a shallow pot with a lid on high heat, add a couple kernels of corn and cover. Once those kernels pop, remove them, add the rest of the kernels, cover and give it a good shake. Then place back on the stovetop and cook, shaking every so often, until there’s a couple seconds between pops.
What is Nori?
Nori is a type of edible seaweed that’s typically sold in dried sheets. If you’ve eaten sushi, you’ve eaten nori! If you’re freaked out by the idea of eating seaweed, I’ve got bad news for you - seaweed and seaweed extracts are a common ingredient to many processed foods, so you’re probably eating it already! There’s also some health benefits to eating nori - it’s a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate, and also has a high iodine content that may make it beneficial for some people with thyroid conditions.
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
.4 ounce package toasted nori snacks, crushed
Toasted sesame seeds, for serving
Heat sesame oil on medium-high heat in a large sided skillet with a lid. Add a couple kernels to the pot, and when they have popped, remove the popped corn and add the remaining kernels.
Cover, and cook, shaking occasionally, until popping has slowed down to about 3 seconds between each pop.
Remove lid and immediately sprinkle with salt.
Pour popcorn into a large bowl. Toss with crushed toasted nori and sesame seeds.