Smoked Chilli Popcorn

This time of year is always great for movies with Oscars hopefuls in January and February battling for those precious academy votes and box office numbers. It felt like a good time to share a popcorn recipe!


Flavoured popcorn is really simple to make, and the internet is bursting with ideas for pimping up those otherwise pretty uninteresting little puffs of corn. I wanted to share a personal favourite that I’ve been making recently.


To make flavoured popcorn, you always start by popping the corn before adding the seasoning, so you could actually use microwave popcorn like Butterkist. They usually come pre-seasoned with either sugar or salt so make sure you get a savoury version for this and omit the salt from the recipe below.



  • 100g popcorn kernels
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Butter


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan that has a lid and add the kernels. Place the lid on top and wait for them to start popping. Once the popping sounds start to slow, take the pan off the heat and leave to stand for a minute or so before removing the lid in case there are some more pops. If using a packet popcorn mix like Butterkist, follow the packet instructions up to this point.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the popcorn, quickly followed by the spices and salt. Shake around in the saucepan until the popcorn has a good covering of seasoning.
  3. Serve straight away as popcorn is always best warm!

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