Hurricane Popcorn

Try hurricane popcorn, a Hawaiian snack with Japanese seaweed and rice crackers. It's the perfect snack for those who love something a little crispy, a little crunchy. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

hurricane popcorn is a hawaiian popcorn snack, full of crunchy arare (japanese rice crackers) and furikake (japanese seaweed seasoning). it’s crunchy and crispy and buttery and nutty and so addictive that you could polish off a batch by yourself!

Drizzle the melted butter all over the popcorn and arare (rice crackers) so that the furikake sticks and you have a well-coated, evenly mixed hurricane popcorn. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

i’m normally not a movie person; i tend towards youtube videos (hi, dance videos) like the millennial i am. given the pair of 10 hour flights that dotted my last few weeks though, i’ve somehow squeezed a solid handful into my brain. some, like thor: ragnarok and the maze runner: death cure, were entirely forgettable, and others like love, simon were ridiculously good. and in case you haven’t heard my spiel yet: go see love, simon. especially if you like a side of tears and heart mush with your movies.

i had croissants and whippy ice cream and ginger ale while i was watching these things, which i was perfectly happy with. but i feel like some people have strong feelings about movie theater popcorn. sure, it’s buttery and salty and crunchy, but my ideal popcorn involves less fake butter flavors, less salt (let’s not dehydrate our tongues before the movie even starts, which then inevitably leads to chugging water which leads to emergency bathroom breaks during pivotal points of the movie) and less probability of soggy popcorn/more crunch. so if i have to have popcorn while watching a movie, i vote for hurricane popcorn.

These are some of the brands of arare (rice crackers) and furikake (seaweed seasoning) when I make hurricane popcorn. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

hurricane popcorn, you ask? it’s a hawaiian and japanese inspired popcorn idea, with plenty of crunchy arare, or japanese seasoned rice crackers, and furikake, a japanese rice condiment with shredded seaweed and sesame seeds. there’s furikakes with salted plum and salmon and all sorts of things- this one has egg yolk, but i usually go for ones with bonito, or dried fish flakes (i’m not describing this well ack). these are the brands that i’ve used here; use them as a starting point if you don’t know what to even begin to look for.

Hurricane popcorn is best served right after it's mixed, so that the popcorn stays crisp and the arake (rice crackers) stay crunchy. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

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Try hurricane popcorn, a Hawaiian snack with Japanese seaweed and rice crackers. It's the perfect snack for those who love something a little crispy, a little crunchy. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian
Hurricane Popcorn
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Hurricane popcorn, or seasoned popcorn with shredded seaweed bits and rice crackers, is the perfect savory popcorn to munch on when you're tired of the usual butter and salt.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Fusion, Hawaiian, Japanese
Keyword: arare, butter, crackers, egg-free, furikake, hawaiian, japanese, nut-free, popcorn, rice crackers, seaweed, sesame seeds, vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 173 kcal
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 oz package arare
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup furikake
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  1. Pop the popcorn. I like using an air popper because you can set it and forget it. You can also use a (very) non-stick pot. Add the kernels, cover the pot and let them pop over medium heat until the popping subsides.
  2. Add the arare to the popcorn, drizzle the butter on top and sprinkle the furikake and salt over everything. Cover the pot and shake until the popcorn and arare are well-coated. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Serve this immediately. The popcorn and ararake start to get soggy pretty quickly. I don't recommend serving this more than a few hours after you mix it- you can try to re-toast it (ie in a low oven), but it's not the same as when you mix it right away.

If your furikake isn’t salty, add more salt to compensate.

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Crisp popcorn and crunchy rice crackers make for an addictive snack, whether or not you're watching a movie. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

32 Replies to “Hurricane Popcorn”

  1. I am a popcorn lover like I love to eat them.. But i never tried anything with popcorns.. You are bringing some confidence here to me to try something with popcorns…

    1. oooh you should play around with your popcorn then! this i tasty but i also really love salt + olive oil popcorn, and cinnamon sugar popcorn (:

  2. That sounds so different and amazing!! YUM! Love the spin!5 stars

  3. OMG this looks so fun! I can’t wait to try this!

    1. all the fun (; thanks mimi!

  4. Heather – I’m totally with you about the movies – I’ve seen 2 of the 3 “forgetables”, which I forgot I had seen and also “Love, Simon” which I indeed absolutely loved! This popcorn, also looks like something I would absolutely love, and I’ve never even considered combining Japanese snack food with popcorn. Thanks, I think I’ll make it for my next movie night!

    1. YESSSS love simon (: some of my friends are like eh too lazy to watch so i’ll just have to bribe them w popcorn and make them watch!

  5. What a creative spin on popcorn!! I love the idea of the crunch from the crackers 🙂 This is definitely my idea of gourmet popcorn! Oh and 10-hour flights?!! The only way I can get through those is by watching movies too!

    1. yes i love the crunchy crackers with the crispy popcorn! normally i can just sleep on flights, but there were too many movies to watch to waste time napping (;

  6. I am making popcorn on Saturday and this sounds like a great version to serve.

    1. hope your popcorn adventures went well (;

  7. I would love this salty snack! Like all the time! And with a movie would find me eating the whole batch!5 stars

    1. hahah sameeee (:

  8. I think I will polish off a batch alone! Lovely flavors

    1. thanks, patrick! (:

  9. To me, movie popcorn is in the same category as hot dogs— I shouldn’t eat it, but I love the taste. This is the most unique popcorn I have ever seen, but sounds like something I could get addicted to! 🙂

    1. ooooh yes. hot dogs are pretty darn tasty, though i keep that on the downlow. popcorn is a lot more socially acceptable to eat (;

  10. I feel like I catch up on all the movies when I’m on long flights because I just can’t sleep when flying, but somehow I haven’t seen any of the movies you mentioned. I’ll put Love, Simon on the list to watch. Anyway, this popcorn looks like something I would love to snack on!

    1. ooh yes love simon!!! hope you love it too (:

  11. I love the name for this popcorn! And it also looks insanely flavorful! Definitely not something you’d see at a movie theater, only another reason to watch movies at home 😉5 stars

    1. you get more exciting popcorn at home, and it’s not a $11 ticket, too (;

  12. This is not something I would ever have dreamed up on my own, but it sounds so awesome that now I definitely have to try it!


    1. thanks phyllis! hope you do (:

  13. The hurricane popcorn looks super cool (you’d make bank at 626 night market???) But seriously, you’re combining all of the good stuff and love that it is easy to make. Gotta try this out some day! Thanks for sharing, girlie!

    Nancy ♥

    1. HAHA i think i’d also just be stressed out working night market since there’s so many people.

  14. Wow! this is something I’ve never seen before. I’m a popcorn lover but regular ones. Home made with salt. Sometimes that’s what I have for dinner when I’m lazy to cook (not sure if that’s a good dinner). But this is different for sure!5 stars

    1. haha yes i’ve had popcorn dinners before (; definitely not a great dinner but sometimes all you want is popcorn!

  15. Ooooh! I love this idea! sounds soo interesting! although I’m afraid I just won’t be able to stop eating it! It’s hard enough with plain popcorn!

    1. haha you can make it for a potluck- you get to eat some but aren’t stuck with all of it (;

  16. Oooh this sounds really good! Especially with the furikake~ Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    I’ve found that if you use melted Ghee instead of regular melted butter, it doesn’t make the popcorn soggy.

    1. oh that’s such a smart move (and makes so much sense!). i don’t use ghee much but will definitely have to test that out next time i make this (: thanks for the tip!

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