Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sriracha Popcorn | Friday Night Bites

Real butter, fake butter or no butter?  Microwave or stove?  White or yellow?  Plain or flavored salt?  How do you like your popcorn?  I prefer white popcorn that is popped in a large pot over the stove and lightly salted with a drizzle or two of real melted butter.  I pop it the old fashioned way over the stove, the way my Mom taught me and shake it in a paper bag to ensure the salt and butter distributes over all of the popcorn.

With the resurgence of popcorn onto the culinary scene; it has been claimed as the snack of 2013.  It is light, crispy and versatile.  Among the savory flavored popcorns - I have seen it dusted with various herbs, parmesan cheese, truffle, garlic, bacon, chili, lime, dill or curry.  The classic sweet variety is caramel and kettle corn.  Popcorn has gone gourmet!

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If you put on your creative hat for a few minutes, how many various varieties of popcorn flavors can you device.  I have to admit that my mind is spinning right now and the flavor combinations are exploding in my head right now.  No pun intended. Smile.   Don’t be surprised to see some of these flavors in future Friday Night Bites features.  Today I have for all of you a super simple yet incredibly flavorful combination.  One of my favorite, okay obsessions, is Sriracha sauce. Why not use it to flavor some freshly popped popcorn?  My thought exactly. 

The result was magnificent and addictive creation.  Perfect to enjoy with a glass of crisp sauvignon Blanc, dry bubbly or a chilled glass of beer.  A perfect Friday Night Bite in my opinion and hopefully yours too.

Sriracha Popcorn

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
½ Cup White popcorn kernels

Use a large stock pot with a lid to pop the popcorn.  Over a medium to high heat, add the vegetable oil and kernels to the pot.  Once the first kernel pops, add the lid and shake frequently to prevent burning.  When the popping has almost stopped, dump into a large paper bag and sprinkle with salt and shake.  Next add the Sriracha Butter to the popcorn and shake really well to ensure popcorn is well covered.

Sriracha Butter

4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Sriracha Sauce
2 Garlic cloves, finely minced

In a medium sauce pan, add the butter and let it melt over medium heat.  Next add the sriracha sauce and minced garlic.  Stir until combined.  Turn off the heat and let the flavors meld for 5 to 10 minutes.  Pop the kernels while the butter is infusing.


  1. what a great flavor of popcorn I love making it with the kids

  2. Now this is a popcorn I could go for - I love your thinking with the Sriracha butter!

  3. I have a confession to make... I've never made homemade popcorn. Only the stuff in a bag. I mean, it's kind of odd. I make everything homemade but didn't have a clue how to do popcorn until I read this post. So thanks for that! :) This version looks really interesting. I've only ever had butter or caramel popcorn. It's obviously time to broaden my horizons!

  4. OH YUM, Lisa!!! A wonderful flavored popcorn for my Friday Nite Bites!!!

  5. I prefer my popcorn the old fashioned way too. This version looks delicious- I need to start getting more creative with my popcorn! :D

  6. I love spicy, and I love popcorn, so I totally need to make this!

  7. I love all your creative popcorn recipes and this one would really be good to me since I like things on the spicy side. Real butter of course on popcorn and the old fashion way of cooking is my favorite way.

  8. You had me at sriracha, my dear!!!

    In general, I like my popcorn:
    With real butter (salted)
    On the stove
    Either white or yellow
    Salted, with sugar and spice

    I've GOT to try this next!

  9. Oh Lisa, I think my husband is going to love you!! We are huge popcorn fans at this house, and he loves all things spicy! I haven't found a recipe that he truly loves yet, but I think this might be it!

  10. I've had popcorn on the list to make but haven't found the time. Love this spicy spin on the traditional. Brilliant!

  11. Since I don't have a microwave...I can make your homemade version of popcorn. All spiced up and all for ME!:) Love.

  12. Hubby makes popcorn a few times a week. going to show him your spicy version, i know he's going to love it. Great for our next movie night!

  13. I am addicted to both popcorn and sriracha but never thought to put the two together! Brilliant Lisa!

  14. We love popcorn. We love sriracha. What a winning combination!


  15. About to sit down and enjoy a batch of this with a BudLight Lime.


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