Thai Red Coconut Curry Popcorn Recipe

Photographs: Daniel Gritzer

Inspired by the flavors of a spicy red Thai coconut curry, this homemade popcorn is flavored with a fragrant mix of coconut, chili power, lemongrass, makrut lime leaves, garlic, and ginger. A little sugar rounds out the assertive flavors into an addictive little package.

Note: Dried chili powder can have different levels of heat depending on the type; you may have to adjust, adding more or less than the recipe calls for, to get the heat level right.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Makes: 8 cups

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  • 5 tablespoons dried coconut flakes
  • 5 dried makrut lime leaves
  • 2 teaspoons muscovado or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest from 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Kosher salt


  1. In an electric spice grinder or high-power blender, combine coconut, lime leaves, sugar, chili powder, lemongrass, powdered ginger, garlic powder, and lime zest and blend until a fine powder forms.

  2. Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and drizzle melted butter all over, tossing to coat evenly. Add about 1/4 cup coconut mixture, tossing to coat evenly; add more, if necessary, until popcorn is well coated (leftover coconut mixture can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days). Season with salt and serve. Popcorn can be stored at room temperature in a zipper-lock bag overnight.

Special equipment

electric spice grinder or high-power blender

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