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Piri-piri pomegranate popcorn recipe

It's so cheap and easy to pop your own corn. It's healthier than shop-bought (or cinema) versions and almost infinitely customisable too!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Serves 4

Nutritional information

Per serving:

  • 742kJ / 176kcal
  • 5.7g protein
  • 3.4g fat of which 0.4g saturates
  • 27.5g carbohydrate, of which 3.2g sugars
  • 6.5g fibre
  • 0.1g salt
A bowl of piri-piri seasoned popcorn with pomegranate seeds


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 160g popping corn
  • 1 teaspoon piri-piri seasoning (or cayenne pepper)
  • 100g ready-prepared fresh pomegranate seeds
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the popping corn, put the lid on, and shake the pan to coat the kernels in the oil.

  2. Put the pan over a medium-high heat. The kernels will begin to pop – when they do, carefully shake the pan occasionally.

  3. When the popping has almost stopped, remove from the heat. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then add the piri-piri seasoning, pomegranate seeds and a little black pepper, stirring them through. Share between 4 small bowls and serve.


    Try your own seasonings, such as lightly toasted cumin and sesame seeds. For a fruitier version, leave out the piri-piri and add chopped apple, blueberries, seedless grapes and a pinch of ground cinnamon.

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