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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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Very interesting! I must try :)

Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

I don't eat popcorn.

Betty Haniotakis
Betty H3 years 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 Aubrey3 years ago

Sounds pretty good.

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

Bryon S.
Bryon S3 years 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 A3 years ago


Mari 's
Mari 's3 years ago

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

Aud nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago


Nimue P.

Food for thought.