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Spice Up Movie Night with Sriracha Popcorn

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Movie nights are a beloved tradition for many, and what’s a great film without some equally great snacks? Popcorn, a timeless favorite, is a must-have companion. But why settle for plain old buttered popcorn when you can elevate your movie night with a spicy twist? Enter Sriracha Popcorn – a fiery, addictive snack that’s perfect for those who crave a little heat during their cinematic adventures.

Historical Context

Popcorn itself has a rich history, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and Native Americans. These early popcorn enthusiasts would season their popcorn with a variety of ingredients, including herbs and spices.

Sriracha, on the other hand, is a relatively recent culinary phenomenon. This spicy chili sauce originated in Thailand but gained worldwide popularity in the late 20th century, thanks to a Vietnamese immigrant named David Tran, who started the Huy Fong Foods company. Sriracha’s unique blend of garlic, chili peppers, and a hint of sweetness has made it a beloved condiment.

Now, let’s combine the classic appeal of popcorn with the modern zing of Sriracha to create a snack that’s perfect for adventurous taste buds.


1. Prepare the Popcorn:

  • Place a large pot over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil.
  • Drop in three popcorn kernels and cover the pot with the lid.
  • Once the test kernels pop, remove them, and add the remaining popcorn kernels to the pot.
  • Shake the pot occasionally to prevent burning.
  • When the popping slows to 2-3 seconds between pops, remove the pot from heat.
  • Transfer the popped popcorn to a large mixing bowl, and remove any unpopped kernels.

2. Make the Sriracha Butter Sauce:

  • In a separate bowl, melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Stir in the Sriracha sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper (if you want extra heat). Mix until well combined.

3. Coat the Popcorn:

  • Drizzle the Sriracha butter sauce over the popcorn.
  • Using a wooden spoon or spatula, gently toss the popcorn to evenly coat it with the spicy sauce.

4. Add Parmesan Cheese:

  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the popcorn.
  • Toss again to distribute the cheese evenly.

5. Bake for Extra Crunch (Optional):

  • Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread the coated popcorn evenly on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes to crisp up the popcorn further.

6. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Allow the Sriracha Popcorn to cool slightly.
  • Serve it in individual bowls or a large popcorn bucket.
  • Prepare for a flavor explosion as you enjoy your movie night with this spicy treat!


Sriracha Popcorn is a delightful fusion of tradition and modernity. The timeless appeal of popcorn meets the contemporary zest of Sriracha, creating a snack that’s perfect for those who like their movie nights with a kick. Whether you’re a Sriracha aficionado or simply seeking a new way to enjoy popcorn, this recipe is sure to make your movie nights even more memorable. So, grab your favorite film, pop a batch of Sriracha Popcorn, and get ready for a fiery, flavorful cinematic experience.


prep time
Large, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid Mixing bowls Whisk Wooden spoon Baking sheet Parchment paper
cooking time
10 minutes
4 Servings
total time
15 minutes


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  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce (adjust to your spice preference)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Prepare the Popcorn.
Make Sriracha Butter Sauce.
Coat the Popcorn.
Add Parmesan Cheese.
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