Popcorn Perfection: Ten Homemade Seasoning Ideas

The Best Umami Popcorn

Ready to elevate your popcorn game? Dive into our guide, "Popcorn Perfection: 10 Homemade Seasoning Ideas," where we showcase a collection of delicious and easy-to-make popcorn recipes. Starting with our savory favorite, "The Best Umami Popcorn," we provide a video tutorial on how to blend your choice of oil, sweetener, seasonings, and salt to create a "dressing" that's baked onto the kernels and creates a satisfying crunch. But if umami isn't your thing, we've included ten additional popcorn seasoning suggestions that cater to a wide range of taste buds, from sweet cinnamon sugar to spicy coconut curry. Whether you're hosting movie night, game day, or just looking for a tasty snack, these unique popcorn recipes are guaranteed to impress!

Essential Ingredients:
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, sugar)
  • a couple tsp seasonings of choice
  • heavy pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 250-degrees.
  2. Combine oil and sweetener in small bowl and stir vigorously to combine. 
  3. Add seasonings of choice and additional salt if needed. Stir again.
  4. Pour over popcorn and mix with a spatula until all the popcorn is coated. 
  5. Spread on baking tray and bake at 250-degrees for 25 minutes.
  6. Popcorn coating will turn crunchy once cool. Store in an airtight container for a couple weeks, if it lasts that long.

10 Fantastic Flavor Variations for Baked Popcorn

  1. Umami Popcorn: Shichimi togarashi and seaweed sprinkle, splash of sesame oil, and soy sauce.
  2. BBQ Popcorn: Melted butter, brown sugar, garlic, and smoked paprika. Add some chipotle or cayenne for heat! Splash of molasses with onion and herbs to add more layers of flavor.
  3. Smoky Popcorn: Simple with oil, honey, and smoked salt.
  4. Miso Magic Popcorn: Miso paste, maple syrup, and garlic. Shichimi would be good here, too!
  5. Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn: Melted butter, honey, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  6. Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn: Olive oil, honey, fresh chopped rosemary, and a shake of Parmesan.
  7. Lemon Pepper Popcorn: Lemon pepper seasoning and olive oil. Or simplify with oil, fresh lemon zest, salt, and fresh cracked pepper.
  8. Coconut Curry Popcorn: Coconut oil, honey or coconut sugar, curry powder, and salt.
  9. Maple Bacon Popcorn: Bacon fat, maple syrup, salt, and spices.
  10. Garlic Herb Popcorn: Olive oil, garlic and onion granules, and fresh herbs.