How to puff amaranth

Popped Amaranth

Learn how to make popped amaranth! The gluten-free high-protein seed can be popped like popcorn. It takes only 10 minutes to make one cup of popped amaranth. 

Course Breakfast, Side, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 358 kcal



  1. Preheat a high pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Spread about 1 Tablespoon at the time as evenly as possible on the bottom of the hot pot.

  3. Wait for the seeds to pop. This should be quite immediate. If they don't pop right away, the pot wasn't hot enough and the seeds won't pop and just burn. Discard that batch and start over.

  4. Once the popping starts, shake the pot to ensure all seeds pop and the popped seeds don't burn.

  5. Once the puffing ceases remove the popped amaranth and put into a sieve to shake out the unpuffed seeds.

  6. Then add the popped amaranth to a bowl and repeat the same process until all amaranth is popped.

  7. For every Tablespoon of raw amaranth you'll get about 2 Tablespoons popped amaranth.

Nutrition Facts
Popped Amaranth
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 490mg14%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 7.3mg41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.