I love salty and sweet combinations and I’m not afraid of a little spice. In fact, I crave a little heat lately. Maybe it is a pregnancy thing or maybe my taste buds are bored. Either way when I came across a recipe for Sriracha Caramel Corn I had to try it. Bubba and the kids love caramel corn, but are not fans of anything too spicy. Luckily, the Sriracha sauce added more smokiness than heat so, they loved it. The caramel plays well with the salty popcorn and spicy sauce. It is a perfect marriage of flavors. (Yup, I just wrote marriage of flavors.)
I made fresh pop corn which I recommend. I used this recipe from Simply Recipes. It is the best popcorn recipe I have found because it comes out perfect every time. I set aside the popcorn and made the caramel Sriracha sauce. The sauce comes together quickly. I found the recipe on the awesome food blog Dam Delicious. (Be sure to check out this blog if you haven’t already!) I adapted the recipe slightly by using brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup. Brown rice syrup adds a nice nuttiness to baked goods.
Once cooked, I poured the sauce over the popcorn and baked the popcorn at 250 for 45 minutes.
One very long hour later the popcorn was ready for us to eat. I have to warn you this popcorn is addictive. One handful is not enough. You’ll keep coming back for more. But, is that a bad thing? Give this recipe a shot. You’ll love it!
Sriracha Caramel Corn
recipe slightly adapted from Dam Delicious
makes 6 cups
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
Pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon Sriracha, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 cups fresh popcorn
Pre-heat oven to 250 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prepare fresh popcorn, transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium/high heat. Be careful not to burn. Once melted, stir in brown sugar, brown rice syrup and sea salt. Bring to a boil, without stirring, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add Sriracha, vanilla extract and baking soda.
Pour sauce over popcorn and combine until the popcorn is evenly coated.
Spread popcorn on baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Enjoy!
5 Sriracha Recipes To try Now!
Sriracha’s popularity is not diminishing anytime soon. If you are new to the sauce, or need a little inspiration check out these recipes below.
I love banh mi sandwiches. This recipe for a pork meatball banh mi sounds dam good.
Want to serve pot stickers at your Super Bowl party? Try Martha’s Shrimp Pot Stickers with Sriracha Ginger Dipping Sauce.
If you prefer spicy wings at your Super Bowl party, try Michael Symon’s recipe.
I love Ranch. This popcorn recipe from the Curvy Carrot is next on my list of Sriracha recipes to try.
Want to make your own? White on Rice Couple has the recipe for you.