Savory Popcorn Seasoning

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


24 batches (about 1/4 cup)

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
I love this popcorn seasoning recipe. Cayenne pepper adds a bit of heat to a late-night treat. —Janice Campbell, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Savory Popcorn Seasoning Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted


  1. Combine first eight ingredients. Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.
  2. To prepare popcorn: Combine popcorn, butter and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning; toss to coat.

Savory Popcorn Seasoning Tips

What are good seasonings to put on popcorn?

Cheese, spice blends, and flavored butter or oil are all great popcorn seasonings. Hot sauce is a popular one, too! For more inspiration, check out these flavored popcorn recipes.

How do you get spices to stick to popcorn?

An even coating of melted fat (butter or oil) is helpful, as it gives the spices something to adhere to. But if you're using freshly popped popcorn and you add the spices immediately after popping, you don't need to add extra fat. To get evenly seasoned popcorn, toss it with the spices in a large bowl or an airtight container.

What’s the best way to make popcorn?

It’s all about personal preference. Some people love uber-convenient microwave popcorn, others prefer the health benefits of air popped popcorn and some popcorn fans swear by crispy stovetop popcorn. Our guide to how to make the best popcorn can help you find the best method for you.

Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 cups seasoned popcorn: 114 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein.