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Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn

Duck fat paprika popcorn is savory and spicy – a perfect snack!

Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn - Honey and Birch

My love affair with duck fat is continuing. It is a savory love, accented by spicy nights and the occasional sweetness. Especially when I decided to make duck fat chocolate chip cookies or buttermilk duck fat cornbread.

Chicagoans lost the opportunity for one of their favorite treats when Hot Doug’s recently closed. Besides their exotic cased meats, Hot Doug’s was also known for their duck fat french fries. 

Don’t worry, Chicago, Maple Leaf Farms has your back.

Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn - Honey and Birch

I recently received an email from one of the MLF staff to let me know their duck products are now being carried in 180 Jewel-Osco stores all over Chicagoland. Holy duck.

Buy your duck and render some duck fat! Or purchase duck fat from Maple Leaf Farms online store (that’s what I do…)  Then make this popcorn. You know you want to.

Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn

I made this batch of duck fat paprika popcorn with a spicy Hungrian paprika- it is very spicy! Next time I make it I will probably use a sweet paprika instead. Or maybe half and half. But definitely paprika.

Something about the paprika and the duck fat just works for me. Must be my Hungarian heritage.SaveSave

Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn - Honey and Birch

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Duck Fat Paprika Popcorn

Duck fat paprika popcorn is savory and spicy – a perfect snack!
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 198kcal


  • ¼ cup rendered duck fat
  • uncooked popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons half sharp paprika
  • kosher salt


  • In a medium pan with a lid, place the duck fat and 1 kernel of unpopped corn over medium high heat. Cover.
  • When the popcorn pops, pour corn kernels in the pan until the bottom of the pan is covered in a single layer of kernels. Cover.
  • The popcorn will begin to pop. When the popping stops, shake the covered pan until more kernels pop. Do this several times until no more kernels pop. Turn off the heat.
  • Immediately pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the melted butter over the popcorn. Then sprinkle the paprika and salt over the top. Toss or mix until the popcorn is coated.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 1986IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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