Popcorn with Lime and Spice
This popcorn with a hint of lime and spice is a delicious buttery snack or appetizer.
There’s nothing like the smell and sound of popcorn popping.
It smells so good and is one of my all-time favorite foods.
When I was a kid, my very favorite popcorn in the whole world was…Kmart popcorn.
I would even pick that over candy.
About this Recipe
This popcorn recipe has a real pop to it.
Not a “pop” as in sound, but “pop” as in flavor.
It’s made with cayenne pepper, a touch of smoked paprika, and lime juice.
And of course, it’s also made with butter and salt.
It’s a unique snack that really hits the spot.
Let’s check out the ingredients.
Popped popcorn, butter, smoked paprika, ground red cayenne pepper, onion powder, salt and fresh lime juice
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.
Pop the popcorn.
I like to use a microwave popcorn popper.
It’s so very cool because there’s no oil required.
Just add the popcorn, put the lid on, and in a few minutes…popped popcorn.
Just like that.
Set the popcorn aside.
Heat a small saucepan on low to medium heat and add butter.
To the pan, add onion powder…
…and cayenne pepper (if you don’t like too much heat, use less cayenne pepper).
…to the pan,
…add smoked paprika.
Stir the spices and butter together.
Continue stirring until the butter is completely melted (about 2 minutes).
Put the popped popcorn in separate serving dishes (or all of the popcorn in one big bowl).
Drizzle the smoked paprika and spice butter mixture…
…over the popped popcorn.
…salt to taste.
…sprinkle the juice of half a lime over each serving.
A great snack when friends come over or…
…just for yourself.
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Popcorn with Lime and Spice
- 6 cups popped popcorn
- 2 tablespoons butter (salted)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 dashes smoked paprika
- Salt to taste
- 1 Lime
- Heat a small sauce pan on low to medium heat and add butter, onion powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika (if you don’t like too much heat, use less cayenne pepper).
- Stir the spices and butter together.
- Continue stirring until the butter is completely melted (about 2 minutes).
- Put the popped popcorn in separate serving dishes (or all of the popcorn in one big bowl).
- Drizzle the smoked paprika and spice butter mixture over the popped popcorn.
- Salt to taste, and sprinkle the juice of half a lime over each serving of popcorn.
- Serve warm.
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I’ve been hooked on using garam masala, turmeric, red pepper & lime & zest or “true” lime or lemon powder or I’ve ordered some Tajin to try. My “secret” I add all the seasonings to 2 tablespoons oil and 1 Tblsp. butter and 1/2 cup popcorn. and pop them all together. Every kernel gets seasoned, there’s no concentration of butter and almost every kernel pops. Very good. Going to try your recipe (my way) next. Thanks! smissle
Hi There, all of those spices sound sooo good with popcorn and thank you for letting me know your secret…a perfect way to get deliciousness with every bite.
Hi, I was looking for cool recipes to do this xmas for my Mexican friends and this one sounds so good I wil definitely give it a try!
Btw, can you tell me where I can buy your popcorn maker? Or at least what is the brand name?
Hi Gina, sounds like a great idea to make this popcorn for your friends. I use a “microwave popcorn bowl” to make popcorn. I’ve had this one awhile and probably got it at Walmart. I just googled it real quick and saw that the bowls are a white color rather than the yellow one that I have but it’s the same idea. I just love it because you put the popcorn in the bowl and cook it in the microwave without any oil. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Well, have made this one a couple times, now (took it to a movie couple weeks ago!). I am now officially HOOKED on this flavor, thanks again for the recipe! 🙂 Next flavor I am gonna experiment with will be a vietnamese cinnamon and pink sugar butter topping. YUM!
Hi Michelle, so glad you like it! I am so hooked on it that my fave plastic popcorn bowl has turned the color of the smoked paprika….it used to be light blue. Wow, what a good idea to use vietnamese cinnamon and pink sugar butter. That sounds delicious!
Wow, this sounds sooo yum! Since I am Dairy Free, I am going to use it with my Earth Balance vegan butter. I will also use my concentrated lime juice since don’t have any limes at the moment. Thanks for this! 🙂
Hi Michelle, good idea using the vegan butter and the concentrated lime juice. Thank you for stopping by!
What a delightful way to enjoy a favorite snack! Popcorn is such a great snack and I love it spiced up like this 🙂
Thank you and have a great rest of the day!
When I was a kid, my mom would pop kernels and drizzle butter, cinnamon and sugar over it…fond memories. I like your idea of a spicy, limey bowl of popcorn. Simple, yet a great treat for having while watching a movie. Have a great weekend!
Hi Julia, the butter, cinnamon and sugar sounds so good together with popcorn. I’m going to try that next. Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend too!
Popcorn IS my all-time favorite food…bar none! I’ve never seen or heard of this flavor combination…very intriguing and my sisters would LOVE it! Thanks!
Hi Ann, thank you and have a great day!
WOW–this looks and sounds amazing. I love the flavor profiles you’ve chosen.
Hi Katie, thank you!
I always get the southwestern lime chips here, so I know I would definitely enjoy this popcorn. This is the first I have seen of this blend and it really does put a whole new spin my thoughts of flavored popcorn. Delicious and addictive, no doubt. Glad you posted this one.
Hi Tina, thank you for stopping by!