6 Popcorn Seasoning Recipes To Make At Home

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Popcorn seasoning recipes are so easy to make at home. You can skip all the unwanted salt and preservatives that store-bought versions have, plus save money by making your own!

This post will walk you through six easy, healthy seasoning recipes made with spices from your pantry.

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Popcorn Seasoning Recipes

If you’re bored with plain popcorn, try mixing things up with these six easy popcorn seasoning recipes.

  • These recipes use simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
  • These ingredients are inexpensive, healthier and taste better than any store-bought seasoned popcorn.
  • These recipes can easily be whipped up for healthy snacks, movie night, game night, or after school snacks.
  • Butter or oil is used to help the spices and seasonings stick to the popcorn.
  • This is a very inexpensive snack! Four cups of popcorn plus seasonings cost about $1.50 each! (prices will vary slightly depending on where you live). 

All of these recipes use healthier ingredients than the store-bought versions that contain a lot of preservatives and excess salt. Instead, these recipes use fresh healthy spices to flavor your popcorn.

three popcorn seasoning recipes on a counter: bowl of oregano basil herb, spicy cheesy, and italian parmesan popcorn.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these flavors:

  • POPCORN: You can use store-bought popped popcorn or pop it yourself at home with a popcorn popper, which is the most affordable option.
  • BUTTER: Each recipe below uses 2-3 Tbsp of melted salted butter with 4 cups of popcorn.
  • OIL: If you’d prefer not to use butter, you can also use cooking oil. My personal favorites are coconut oil or avocado oil.
  • SUGAR: A few recipes use sugar to sweeten the popcorn. You can use coconut sugar, brown sugar or monk fruit sweetener (it’s sugar-free).
  • CHEESE: Grated cheese tastes great on popcorn! The recipes below use cheddar cheese and freshly grated parmesan.
  • SPICES: Spices are one of the easiest and healthiest ways to create popcorn seasonings. Chili powder, garlic powder, dried herbs, cumin, cayenne powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and paprika all taste great in a variety of combinations.
Steel bowl with popcorn and spices mixed together and red spatula.

How To Make Popcorn Seasonings

Here’s an overview of how to make the popcorn seasonings with the full recipe instructions at the bottom of this blog post.

  1. BUTTER: Add the popcorn and melted butter to a large bowl. Toss together so popcorn is evenly coated.
  2. SPICES: Sprinkle all other ingredient flavors and toss together. Feel free to add more seasonings if needed. Serve and enjoy!

Make a big batch of the spice mix and store the leftovers! You can store the popcorn seasonings in an airtight container in a cupboard. Exclude the perishable ingredients such as butter, oil and cheese and add those right before serving.

three bowls of popcorn with cinnamon sugar, gingerbread, and spicy seasoning.


Popcorn Without Butter – You’ll need butter or oil to help seasonings stick to the popcorn. If you don’t want to use butter, you can use any cooking oil. For example, melted coconut oil, avocado oil, canola oil etc.

Popcorn Without Sugar – Some of these recipes use sugar to add sweetness. You can use a sugar-free lakanto monkfruit sweetener in replacement.

Image of popcorn flavors in bowls with text of ingredients listed beside each one. Gingerbread, spicy cheesy, italian parmesan, herb, spicy and cinnamon sugar.

More Easy Healthy Snack Ideas

Here are some more healthy energy snacks to try:

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


Cheesy Spicy Popcorn:

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, melted - or melted coconut oil, avocado oil etc.
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup shredded cheese - cheddar, marble, mozzarella etc.
  • 4 cups popcorn

Oregano Basil Herb Popcorn:

Italian Parmesan Popcorn:

Spicy Popcorn:

  • 2 Tbsp salted butter, melted - or melted coconut oil, avocado oil etc.
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 4 cups popcorn

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn:

  • 3 Tbsp salted butter, melted - or melted coconut oil, avocado oil etc.
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar - brown sugar or lakanto monkfruit sweetener (sugar-free)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups popcorn

Gingerbread Spice Popcorn:


  • Add the popcorn to a large bowl. Drizzle melted butter overtop, then add the rest of flavor ingredients and toss together.
    Feel free to add more seasonings if needed for desired flavor. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Test the flavors to see if you want to add more seasonings. Feel free to add as much as you’d like!
  • Cheesy popcorn can be microwaved for a few seconds to help melt cheese (optional).
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