6 Pandemic Popcorn Recipes (w/ Quarantine Movie Pairings)

Here’s a list of popcorn recipes you can enjoy while binge-watching some quality quarantine movies.

At Quarantine Kitchen love what we call “platform foods.” They are basic recipes with infinite variation. Homemade popcorn (not to be confused with the instant variety) is a never-ending opportunity for culinary experimentation.

Chili Lime Popcorn & Apocalypto (2006)

apocalypto: quarantine movie to take you to Mexico

Go south of the border with this popcorn recipe. Use chili powder or Tabasco with a sprinkling of lemon or lime juice. Now you are set with something delicious, and a boost of Vitamin C!

Suggested Pairing: Apocalypto (IMDB 7.8), a Mayan thriller.

Kimchi Popcorn & Train to Busan (2016)

train to busan -- quarantine movie to take you to south korea

Kimchi juice comes from a natural fermentation so it’s already salty. You can sprinkle on the juice sparingly. Skip the olive oil/butter on this one. Did we mention that your gut will be happy?

Suggested Pairing: Train to Busan (IMDB 7.5), a great Korean action movie about a pandemic that has turned the country into a nation of zombies.

Parmesan Garlic Popcorn & Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Garlic Popcorn with Shaun of the Dead

Very pantry friendly (thus quarantine fitting), and much healthier than your typical Stacy’s chips. Nothing beats a generous dash of grated parmesan + garlic powder. BEST. COMBO.

Suggested Pairing: Shaun of the Dead (IMDB 7.9), the award-winning British zombie comedy, a cult classic to remind you things could be worse out there!

Sriracha Popcorn & Contagion (2011)

contagion -- quarantine movie to take you to Japan

Olive oil + Sriracha + Salt = Deliciousness.

Suggested Pairing: Contagion (IMDB 6.7). Oh no! Beth (Gwyneth Paltrow) got sick after a business-trip from Hong Kong. What happens next? Don’t worry. Because Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Jude Law will guide you through!

Vegan Curry Coconut Popcorn & 28 Days Later (2002)

28 days later -- quarantine movie to take you to vegan land

Skip the butter and use coconut oil for this popcorn recipe, and spice it up with a handsome shake of curry powder. Now you’ve got a tasty and triple healthy snack!

Suggested Pairing: 28 Days Later (IMDB 7.6), a post-apocalyptic horror movie triggered by misguided animal rights activists. (You are having a vegan popcorn, therefore no guilt around the animals!)

Furikake Seaweed Popcorn & Death Note (2006)

Death Note -- quarantine movie to take you away from Hong Kong

If you are googling Furikake, we promise this recipe is worth trying. In fact, McDonald’s had to bring back its “seaweed shaker fries”, since the seaweed tastes so good as a topping!

Suggested Pairing: Death Note (IMDB 7.7), a movie adaptation of an extremely popular manga about life & death. What’s more, there is also an anime version of it if you are so inclined!


Well hopefully, these popcorn recipes got you a bit more excited about social distancing. What did you watch (and what flavor of popcorns did you make)? Comment below to let us know!

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