Cajun Popcorn


A few weeks ago, I stumbled across modern day’s answer to a drive-in movie theater. Nitehawk Cinemas offers full meals alongside movies, with many themed dishes (A Perfect Day for Bananafish Fritter with Salinger, or Mama Martello’s Braciole Sandwich with Don Jon) to add to their already diverse menu. If you’d rather stick with classic movie fare, yet not the days-old popcorn of traditional movie theaters, you can chose from freshly made original or caramel variations, or class it up with truffled butter with citric salt, and jamaican jerk combos. Although I normally stick with the original + extra butter combo, I pushed my limits with this cajun recipe that’s not overwhelmingly spicy or coated, with the perfect hit of butter. Recipe is below the pictures-enjoy!!

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  • 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 24 cups plain popped popcorn (from 1 cup kernels or 4 microwave packages)


  1. STEP 1

    In a small bowl, stir together salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper. In a very large bowl, drizzle butter over popcorn and toss. Add spice mixture and toss to coat.

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart


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