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Gochujang Butter Popcorn

Spice up your popcorn by making it Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn. The popcorn is spicy, with a hint of sweetness and it makes a great snack.

Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn - Domestic Dreamboat

Gochujang is so hot right now. Have you had it? Gochujang is Korean hot red pepper paste, used in many Korean dishes. The first time I had ever tried it was when I ate Korean fried chicken (the other KFC) in Calgary several years ago. I didn’t know it at the time but the base for the delicious sweet and spicy sauce that coated the chicken was gochujang.

Fast forward about a decade, to my current life in Wisconsin, and gochujang is now a staple ingredient in my fridge. I have used it to try and recreate Korean fried chicken (good, but not as magical as when it comes out of a commercial deep fryer), in stews, stir fries and fried rice. Then I got an idea for a delicious snack.

Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn - Domestic Dreamboat

My husband loves popcorn. And he almost never eats his popcorn without hot sauce (another recipe, for another blog post, another time). I figured that if he can put hot sauce on popcorn, I can put gochujang on popcorn to give it a different type of spice. But I knew that gochujang is much too thick (and too spicy) to put on popcorn by itself.

So I mixed it with some butter, added a bit of sesame oil to complement the Korean flavors, and added just a bit of honey to add a touch more sweetness. A little sweet and spicy if you will. The result was quite delicious. I don’t think I’ve convinced my hubby to give up on his hot sauce, but I’ll definitely be mixing it up for a spicy change once in awhile.

Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn - Domestic Dreamboat

Gochujang Butter Popcorn Nutrition Notes:

Popcorn on its own is considered a healthy snack. It’s high in fiber, low in fat and relatively low in calories. It’s what you add to it that starts adding up. In this case, the majority of the calories (not to mention the fat) comes from the butter.

To reduce the saturated fat, use vegan butter (margarine). This also works if you follow a vegan or dairy free diet (however, check the label, because not all brands of margarine are dairy free).

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Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn

Spice up your popcorn by making it Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn. The popcorn is spicy, with a hint of sweetness and it makes a great snack.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 290kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted (use Dairy Free butter alternative to make this recipe Dairy Free)
  • 1-2 teaspoons gochujang (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid honey
  • 1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernals


  • Whisk together the butter, gochujang, sesame oil and honey. It will become thick, like ketchup, but begin to separate quickly.
  • Pop popcorn by your method of choice. Pour gochujang butter mixture over popcorn and toss to coat.


For a milder gochujang butter, use only 1 teaspoon of gochujang. If you like it spicier, use 2 teaspoons.


Calories: 290kcal

Nutrition Disclaimer: I try my best to make sure the nutrition information I provide is accurate to provide you with the best information possible. However, due to ingredient discrepancies and other factors, the above nutrition information should be considered an estimation only.

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  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    May 3, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    mmm 😍 normally i add olive oil and salt to my popcorn and call it a day, but this sounds so perfectly sweet and spicy and rich and nutty! will have to try this next time i make popcorn.

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 6:50 AM

      I normally like to keep my popcorn simple too, but trust me, this one is good for a change πŸ™‚

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    March 24, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    I’ve made this two times in the past two days. It’s so good!!!

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    June 16, 2020 at 12:30 AM

    I never ever leave comments on recipes but this is SO good.

    • Reply
      June 16, 2020 at 8:37 AM

      I’m so glad you like it! πŸ™‚

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