Curried Popcorn

YIELD 8 servings


3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, (or up to 1⁄4 teaspoon)
1/3 cup popcorn kernels


1. Stir 1 tablespoon oil, curry powder, salt and cayenne in a small bowl.

2. Coat the bottom of a heavy 4-quart saucepan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add a couple of popcorn kernels and cover pan. Turn heat to medium. When the first kernel pops, add remaining popcorn kernels. Cook, covered, shaking pan frequently until popping slows to 3 to 5 seconds between pops. Remove pan from burner and uncover carefully to allow steam to escape.

3. Pour popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with curry mixture and toss well. Serve immediately.

Per serving: 80 Calories, 5g Fat, 0mg Cholesterol, 150mg Sodium, 6g Carbohydrate, 1g Fiber, 1g Protein

Recipe by Gretchen Roberts and photography by Mark Boughton. This recipe originally appeared as Curried Popcorn on

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 months ago

Very interesting! I must try :)

Teresa W.
Teresa W.about a year ago

I don't eat popcorn.

Betty Haniotakis
Betty H.about a year ago

Millions of people living around the Mediterranean cook with olive oil daily, and live long and healthy lives. When you cook with olive oil, the point is to never let it get to the smoke point. Cooking on medium heat presents no danger. Of course, as someone mentioned,it is wise to get your olive oil from a trusted source.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubreyabout a year ago

Sounds pretty good.

Another tasty one, for me, is Parmesan Cheese and sprinkling of black pepper.

Bryon S.
Bryon S.about a year ago

I like to use coconut oil to pop my popcorn. It's stable at high temperatures and is a good antifungal and antioxydent. Olive oil should never be used for cooking. Then I add melted ghee for a topping to get the buttery flavor. I will definitely try a modified version of this recipe.

Winn Adams
Winn Adamsabout a year ago


Mari 's
Mari 'sabout a year ago

I can't do curry just can't stand it sorry

Aud nordby
Aud nordbyabout a year ago


Nimue P.
Nimue Pendragonabout a year ago

Food for thought.

Rosa Caldwell
Rosa Caldwellabout a year ago

I like curry and I like popcorn, but not sure about the two together.