Herb Popcorn

Calling all popcorn addicts! This herb popcorn is spiced up with butter and a mix of dried herbs, and works as a healthy snack or for entertaining.

Herb popcorn

Any popcorn addicts out there? (Hands up!) Popcorn is a huge weakness for both Alex and me. Luckily, we’ve broken our daily habit…though popcorn + Netflix is so darn comforting after a long day at work, am I right? Normally we go with just salt, but here’s a recipe for a special occasion kind of popcorn. This herb popcorn is a perfect easy entertaining recipe and healthy snack for any type of gathering. Keep reading for the recipe!

Herb popcorn

How to make herb popcorn

Alex whipped up this herb popcorn a few weeks ago for a party, and it accidentally turned out so delicious that we wanted to share it with you. It’s savory, buttery, and has little gooey bits of herbs throughout. We were pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was!

How to make herb popcorn? First of all, let’s talk popcorn methods. Alex and I have a few different methods we like to use:

  • Stovetop method: For the best flavored popcorn, we use the stovetop method. Here’s our tried and true method for How to Make Popcorn on the Stove. You can use a normal pot, or a stovetop popcorn popper. Get one! Stovetop popcorn popper $30
  • Air popper: For a spin on healthy popcorn, we use an air popper. The air popper is truly easy to use — even easier than stovetop, and it doesn’t require any oil! Get one! Popcorn Air Popper $25

Now, for the topping! Here are the ingredients we’ve used for this herb popcorn:

  • Butter
  • Dried all-herb mix
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Popcorn salt

What the heck is nutritional yeast? Keep reading.

Herb popcorn

What is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that’s sometimes used in vegetarian and vegan dishes for its cheesy, savory taste. It looks like a yellow powder, and it’s sometimes called “nooch” by its devoted fans. And nooch popcorn is one of the best uses for nutritional yeast! It sounds a bit odd, but give it a try! You may be surprised.

Where to buy nutritional yeast? These days, it’s stocked in some mainstream grocery stores: check in the spice aisle. Or you can order it online: Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Yeast

And that’s it: how to make herb popcorn!

We hope that you’ll love it as much as we do. Let us know if you make it in the comments below: and what are your favorite popcorn toppings? Do you make nooch popcorn?

Looking for more healthy snack recipes?

Outside of this stovetop popcorn, here are a few more of our favorite healthy snack recipes:

This herb popcorn recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use coconut oil instead of butter.

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Herb Popcorn

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Calling all popcorn addicts! This herb popcorn is spiced up with butter and a mix of dried herbs, and works as a healthy snack or for entertaining.



  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil, for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon dried all herb mixture (for example, a mix of basil, rosemary, savory, tarragon, and thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast*
  • Fine popcorn salt (Tip: To make popcorn salt, crush kosher salt using a mortar and pestle)


  1. Pop the popcorn in an air popper or our Stovetop Popcorn method.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter. Add the dried herbs and nutritional yeast; stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the popcorn, and sprinkle with popcorn salt to taste.


*Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast in the form of a yellow powder; it’s popular for adding flavor to vegetarian or vegan dishes. Using nutritional yeast with popcorn adds a cheesy flavor. We purchase our nutritional yeast here.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Herb Popcorn, How to Make Popcorn, Nutritional Yeast, Nooch Popcorn

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Robyn @realfoodwholelife
    December 16, 2014 at 1:01 am

    My honey and I have popcorn as an after dinner snack at least once a week. Nothing like fresh popped out of the pan. Sometimes we top with a combo of maple syrup and butter. Yum!

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    December 16, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Oh I’m actually badly missing sweet, but not with caramel popcorn. It’s what we are used to in germany. But I will definitely try out this one for cozy movie nights. :)

  • Reply
    December 16, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I’m a total popcorn addict and I love trying new flavours (especially savoury ones, though chocolate covered popcorn is awesome!). My favourite flavours so far are curry or za’atar popcorn but these look great! Gonna try them soon (I guess I have to plan a Homeland marathon this weekend ;) )

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    December 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I am a TOTAL popcorn addict! I always think ‘Oh I’ll just have a small bowl of popcorn’ and then it turns into eating all of it, whoops!

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    December 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    this is one of my favorite snack..i usually get it from trader joes but now it seems like i can try it at home.

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    December 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    You know, I’m one of those weird ones who doesn’t crave popcorn. ;-) Yet this looks really good. I like your holiday entertaining suggestions – I’m still eyeing the baked goat cheese for our holiday gathering!

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    December 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I am a popcorn addict – sometimes, it’s all I want for dinner. Last time we were in Amish Country we picked up a stove-pop popper with a hand crank and it makes the best I’ve ever had. Will have to try it with these new toppings though!

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    January 8, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I`m a popcorn addict! My friend often buys those gigantic popcorn bags from Costco for me. The same friend gifted me a popcorn machine and I`ve been dying to try out popcorn recipes. :)

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