It’s national popcorn day and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to make (and devour) some finger-licking popcorn. With sriracha and garlic, this popcorn has got the perfect savoury and spicy balance.
Not only is popcorn easy to whip up in a few minutes, but it comes packed with protein and fibre. Popcorn is naturally sugar free, fat free, and low in calories, hence why it is one of our favourite go-to snacks. Homemade popcorn is convenient, healthy, and tasty- but be careful how you flavour it. Too much salt, butter or sweet additions can easily turn it into a fattening treat that’s anything but nutritious. That’s why we decided to go for savoury popcorn flavoured with dried herbs and spices, and spritzed with lime and vinegar for a little extra kick.
Find the recipe below for this (highly addictive) sriracha garlic popcorn, which you’ll probably be eating handful after handful!
1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sriracha
2 tablespoons garlic butter (Alternatively, you can use garlic-infused olive oil)
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
½ teaspoon of dried basil
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 lime, juice and zest
¼ teaspoon of salt to sprinkle
Put a fairly deep pot on medium heat on the stove. Add the cooking oil. When the oil heats up, add 3 kernels to the pot. When they pop, it means you’ve reached the perfect popping temperature. Add the rest of the kernels and remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds to bring all kernels to the same temperature. Then close the pot with a cover and put it back on the stove, being sure to leave a slight opening for steam to escape. You can alternatively pop your popcorn in the microwave inside of a paper bag.
Take the popcorn off of the stove and put the popped kernels in a large baking sheet.
Add all dried herbs and spices to the popcorn and mix. Heat the garlic butter in the microwave until melted. Add the sriracha, vinegar, lime juice, and zest to the melted garlic butter and stir. Pour the mixture on top of the popcorn and mix until everything is incorporated.
Tip: If you plan on keeping the popcorn for more than a couple of hours, you can put the popcorn in the oven with the same baking sheet at 350F degrees for 6-8 minutes so the popcorn doesn't get soggy.