Popcorn in Chili Oil


  • 1 cup high quality popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp (or to taste) fine grain salt, such as Morton Popcorn Salt
  • 4 tbsp Chinese chili oil with some of its spices from the bottom


  1. Choose a wide heavy bottom pan for making popcorn
  2. Put the pan on high heat
  3. Add 2 tbsp chili oil (without its spices)
  4. Add 4-5 popcorn kernels and cover the pot and wait for them to pop
  5. When the kernels have popped, add the rest of the kernels, 1/2 tsp salt and toss them in the oil and then spread them evenly at the bottom of the pot
  6. Put the lid back on and turn the heat off for 20-30 seconds
  7. Turn the heat back on (medium) and as you hear the kernels pop, every once in a while shake the pot so that the un-popped kernels fall to the bottom of the pot and the lighter popped kernels move to the top
  8. When the popcorns have stopped popping, gently remove the lid, add the remaining 2 tbsp chili oil with its spices, 1/2 tsp salt and mix well so that the chili oil and salt gets coated to the popcorns
  9. Remove the popcorns to a wide bowl, let them cool a bit and then enjoy!

Serves: 4-5


Inspiration source:

The Trick to Perfectly Popped Popcorn – YouTube

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