Popcorn Cooking Oils

The type of oil used in popping will affect the taste and the nutritional value of your popcorn. When choosing which oil to use, there are three primary considerations: nutritional factors such as lower fat and cholesterol, flavor, and smoke point. The oils that are best in all three areas are canola oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil.

Oil Popping or Air Popping

Oil will definitely enhance the flavor of popcorn and improve the popping process. However, the healthiest way to make popcorn would be to make it without oil in an air-popper machine.

Here are some additional cooking oils for consideration in making popcorn.

Sesame Oil

Made from toasted and pressed sesame seed, this ancient ingredient is used frequently to make popular Asian dishes. Sesame oil is an excellent choice for cooking foods that require a high temperature because it has a high smoke point. It also adds a slightly nutty flavor. A light variety of sesame oil is available for when you do not want the nutty flavor to conflict with other delicate flavors; but choose the darker sesame oil when you want its stronger more distinct flavor to complement your food.

PROS – High in polyunsaturated fats; contains high levels of Vitamin E, B6, Magnesium, Calcium, Copper and Iron.
CONS - It's still an oil, which is loaded with fat and calories, and therfore should be used sparingly.