popcorn in a bowl seasoned with furikake

This Hurricane Popcorn Will Blow You Away

Looking for a new way to spruce up your popcorn? You better try this hurricane popcorn recipe!

Today’s recipe is our take on a classic Hawaiian snack — hurricane popcorn (or, as it’s also called, furikake popcorn). Furikake is a Japanese condiment made of toasted sesame seeds, seaweed, sugar, and salt. Combined with popcorn, it makes for a salty, umami treat that’s as addictive as it’s easy to prepare with your Popper

Go ahead and try it:

Hurricane Popcorn Ingredients

  • ½ cup kernels 
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup melted ghee
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons furikake seasoning, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make Hurricane Popcorn

Step 1: Make the Seasoning

Mix melted ghee, soy sauce, furikake seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and chili powder (if you want it a little spicy) in a small bowl. 

Step 2: Heat 

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Set your burner to medium heat and let the Popper preheat for 1-2 minutes.

Step 3: Add Oil 

Pour oil into the Popper and allow it to sizzle. 

Step 4: Pour Kernels

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Toss 2-3 kernels into the pot. When the first one pops, add in the rest. 

Step 5: Turn and Pop

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Now put the Popper’s lid on and get cranking! You don’t have to turn it the entire time, just give it a few cranks to distribute the kernels around.

PRO TIP: If the spinner gets stuck mid-pop, just lift the lid and set it back down — making sure the pins are aligned with the agitator. If you see some kernels logged behind the spinner, lift it with your finger to release them. 

Step 6: Remove from Heat

Take your Popper off the burner when popping slows. 

Step 7: Combine

Drizzle the melted ghee and furikake seasoning mix over the popcorn, then shake the Popper to coat the kernels with it. 

Step 8: Serve the Furikake Popcorn

closeup picture of hurricane popcorn

Pour your hurricane popcorn into a large bowl and enjoy! For extra crunch, consider topping it with kakimochi. 

Catch the Flavor Wave

Once you try hurricane popcorn, you’ll understand exactly why it’s so popular in Hawaii. Now go hit up your nearest Asian grocery store and grab some furikake to make this snack at your next movie night or game night!

Don’t forget to check out our blog for more popcorn recipes and inspiration

FAQs About Hurricane Popcorn

What is furikake made of?

Furikake is a Japanese seasoning that’s typically sprinkled over rice. It’s made with nori, toasted sesame seeds, salt, and sugar — very umami-packed.  

How do you get furikake to stick to popcorn?

The trick to keeping the furikake seasoning from falling off your popcorn is to combine it with ghee. Ghee, which is basically butter without water and milk solids, acts as a glue. We don’t recommend regular butter since it can turn the kernels soggy.

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