Sweet ‘n Spicy Brown Butter Popcorn

Grab a bowl full of this light, delicious popcorn with brown butter and a spicy-sweet kick!

Sweet ‘n Spicy Brown Butter Popcorn – Grab a bowl full of this light, delicious popcorn with brown butter and a spicy-sweet kick! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Someone overindulged on Sunday… I’d say it was worth it, but my steak salad lunch was so outrageous that I was too sick to attend my friend’s fabulous Oscar party. Total fail, seeing as there were individual tiramisus… and lovely company, of course!

And yes, people, a salad took me down. Every bite of avocado-bacon-gorgonzola-ness was pure. bliss.

I did, however, have this scrumptious sweet ‘n spicy popcorn as a light snack to watch with the Oscars with. FYI, being sick and frumpy is totally not ideal for watching gorgeous glamazons glide down the red carpet… Just sayin’.

Try this tasty, low-calorie popcorn (a big bowlful is only around 80 calories) for your own little movie night. It’s super easy and makes for a light, flavorful snack while watching a stack of DVDs… and we have lots of Oscar winning flicks to catch up with!

Sweet ‘n Spicy Brown Butter Popcorn

Sweet ‘n Spicy Brown Butter Popcorn

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, + 1 paper bag
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Additional salt, to taste


  1. Add popcorn kernels to paper bag, fold over top twice, and microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Stop the microwave when the popping slows to one to two pops per second. Add popcorn to a large bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until butter is no longer foaming and turns a medium brown (tilt the pan occasionally to check color). Reduce heat to medium and stir in salt, brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
  3. Pour butter over popcorn and toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional salt, to taste.
  4. Enjoy!

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  1. I love the idea of brown butter here… Yummy :D

  2. I feel you…I got to that point this weekend also and am ready for a week of light meals and fun snacks like this!

  3. Oh no….a salad made you sick? Thats no good.
    I am loving this popcorn!!

  4. Oh sweet, salty, and spicy – yum!

  5. i love some heat on my popcorn…fun twist on just plain old butter.

  6. Ooooh this popcorn will certainly change my life for the better. :) Yummy!

  7. This looks so good, Georgia! Feel better soon.

  8. I love sweet and spicy snacks!

  9. Love the sweet and spicy combo, especially with brown butter!

  10. I want a HUGE bowl of this for lunch. And dinner. and then as a midnight snack. :) I hope you feel better! xo

  11. oooh brown butter popcorn is genius! can’t believe you mad such deliciousness when you weren’t feeling well!

  12. Oh goodness, I could snack on this all day!

  13. Oh! I love the spiciness and the brown butter. What a fabulous snack.

  14. I’m so intrigued! This sounds like a great combination. My hubby only likes savory popcorn, so I’d have to divide it up ahead of time or make it all for myself!

  15. I am SUCH a brown butter addict – and now I can add it to popcorn?!? WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS :D Great idea and delicious photos!

  16. Oh no I hope you will feel better! WOW brown butter popcorn and it’s sweet and spicy? I can eat a bucket full of this popcorn… Any tip for self control?? ;)

  17. Nami, you’re asking the wrong girl! ;)

  18. Sounds wonderful, hope you’re feeling better!

  19. I hope you feel better! I’ve been sick for the past week too. No fun. This popcorn however? Just perfect. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

  20. Brown butter popcorn?? Wow, how have I never considered that before. What a brilliant idea, I love all things brown butter :)

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