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Spiced Sorghum “Popcorn” | Zestful Kitchen

Spiced Sorghum “Popcorn”

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x


This sorghum “popcorn” is a fun alternative to classic popcorn. Miniature in size, these tiny kernels are fiber-rich fun treat!



½ cup sorghhum, divided

1 teaspoon nutritional yeast

½ teaspoon spanish paprika

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon hot chili powder

Cooking spray


Heat a heavy stainless steel pot, fitted with a lid, over medium-high until pot is hot. Add ¼ cup sorghum, cover, and shake often. Listen closely to hear it pop, when the popping slows and there’s 10 seconds between pops, remove from heat, uncover, and transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining ¼ cup sorghum.

Mix together nutritional yeast, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and chili powder. Spray popped sorghum with cooking spray, add seasonings and toss, repeat spraying, seasoning, and tossing once more until coated.


Shake the pot often to avoid burning and be sure to listen closely as the popping slows the popped sorghum can burn quickly!

If you have a large stainless steel pot, feel free to cook the whole ½ cup at once, but I find that cooking in a smaller pan, ¼ cup at a time allows me to better control the cooking and avoid burning.

Plus, cooking in batches isn’t a big deal because the whole process goes quickly!

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