Spicy Szechuan Popcorn

Slightly lemony Szechuan pepper makes for a sweet and spicy snack.
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Spicy Szechuan Popcorn

Recipe by Joe Piccirillo

Start to Finish: 10 minutes

Servings: Makes about 8 cups


  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tsp. ground Szechuan pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In small bowl, mix butter and honey. In large pot with lid, cook popcorn and Szechuan pepper in oil over high heat, keeping pot covered and shaking pot constantly, until popping stops, about 1 minute, 30 seconds. In bowl, toss popcorn, sesame seeds, and cilantro; season. Drizzle with honey butter.