Herb Butter Popcorn

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Herb Butter Popcorn | A Couple Cooks

Herb Butter Popcorn | A Couple Cooks

Herb Butter Popcorn | A Couple Cooks

Any popcorn addicts out there? I’ve admitted a few times that 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?), and started using it for special occasions. This recipe counts as a “special occasion” kind of popcorn, and it’s a perfect easy entertaining recipe and healthy snack for Christmas parties and holiday gatherings.

Alex whipped this up a few weeks ago for a party, and it accidentally turned out so delicious that we wanted to share it with you. We use an air popper for our popcorn, after years of ruining our pots with smelly oil using the stove top method. The air popper is so much easier – we use this air popper, which is now available in our gift shop. We’ve added butter, some mixed herbs, and a surprise ingredient – nutritional yeast. It’s a deactivated yeast that’s sometimes used in vegetarian and vegan dishes for its cheesy, savory taste. It sounds a bit odd, but give it a try! You may be surprised. (We get ours here.)

We hope you enjoy this recipe as you count down to the holidays! Below are all the gift and recipe ideas we’ve compiled this month — let us know if you give any a try!

Gift Ideas
Our Gift Shop (the kitchen tools and cookbooks we use)
Warther Knives (beautiful handcrafted knives)
Give back to a Cambodian Cooking School (help us meet our matching donation!)
Blue Apron (gift box with recipes and fresh food)
fashionABLE scarves and totes (supporting sustainable business in Africa)
Aprons by Uli (my hairdresser makes aprons from recycled men’s shirts)

Holiday Entertaining Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes (Healthy)
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Garlic and Rosemary White Bean Dip
Homemade Christmas Biscuits and Cranberry Jam
Baked Goat Cheese and Tomatoes


Herb Butter Popcorn

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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.


  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 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 using your favorite method.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add 1 tablespoon dried herbs and 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast; stir to combine. Pour the mixture over the popcorn, and sprinkle with popcorn salt to taste.



  • 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. :)

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    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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