The seasonings take it over the top.

Karla Walsh
September 23, 2020
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Cameron Diaz. Actress. Mom. Author. Corn queen?

On the heels of her 7-ingredient sweet corn salad we just can't quit, @camerondiaz recently took to Instagram again to demonstrate her favorite homemade popcorn snack. You need just three ingredients (plus olive oil and salt) to follow along:

  • Popcorn kernels (like these from Amazon, $6.99 per pound)
  • Nutritional yeast (like NOW Nutritional Yeast Flakes; $7.99 for 10 ounces, Amazon)
  • Cholula hot sauce (Running low? Stock up with this Cholula Hot Sauce Variety Pack; $22.78 for five 5-ounce bottles, Amazon)

"And of course, our favorite beverage, Avaline wine," Diaz adds. (The culinary-minded celeb is a co-founder of the brand.)

"It's basically just fried corn," she says. "I use extra-virgin olive oil—and a lot of it. Add only enough popcorn so it sits just under the oil."

Place the saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat and prepare to get it poppin'. The secret to success for this recipe, in Diaz's opinion? Don't shake it. That way the oil can infuse into the kernels and taste like each bite is surrounded by butter.

Diaz recommends having a big bowl handy—even before you turn on the burner—since once the corn starts popping, everything moves very quickly. As the popped corn gets close to the lid and begins to push it up, use a towel or oven mitt to gently press the lid down to prevent any overflow. Dump out the top half to allow the final few kernels to have room to pop, then pour it all into the bowl, she demonstrates. (Psst...if you're looking for a lower-calorie way to build the base for Diaz's dressed-up popcorn recipe, try our Homemade Microwave Popcorn. Then you can follow her lead with the garnishes explained below.)

While it's warm, top with crushed up Maldon sea salt (which Diaz says is the best Christmas present she ever received), nutritional yeast and Cholula hot sauce to taste.

So what inspired Diaz to share her spicy snack recipe right now? She made it in honor of the premiere of The Drew Barrymore Show, which she and Charlie's Angels co-star Lucy Liu joined as guests for the debut episode.

Now that fall has officially arrived and we have an ambitious queue on Netflix/Hulu/Disney /HBO Go (we promise we have other hobbies!), we'll be keeping plenty of flaky salt, hot sauce and nutritional yeast in our kitchens to make this popcorn early and often during our TV and movie-palooza.