Best Popcorn Toppings

10 Fun Toppings for Popcorn | Serious Eats
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Even if you don’t think you feel like popcorn, it just takes a couple minutes of microwave time for that popcorn-infused air to fill your lungs and make you realize, yes, a handful of popcorn (er, six) is exactly what I needed.

Adding superfluous amounts of salt and butter is never a bad idea but we had fun with more out-there toppings. Lemongrass popcorn? Cool Ranch popcorn? A Japanese twist with furikake? Some other ideas for flavorings are hiding in packaged ramen and the blue-box mac and cheese—those little pouches of super salty powder make for an insta-topper. If you’re guilty of popcorn-as-a-meal, these combos make the popcorn even more savory and meal-esque. Ramen popcorn is a perfectly reasonable dinner, right?

Nifty popcorn trick: Just fill a small brown paper lunch bag with two tablespoons of popcorn kernels, tape the bag shut, and microwave for two minutes (give or take) and wait for it to start poppity-pop-popping. If you were raised on the microwavable pouches, this will make you feel like you’re breaking all the popcorn laws. Wait, how will I know which side up? Just stand the brown bag up straight and trust, it’ll pop without exploding your kitchen.

Smoked Paprika, Parsley

Combine 2 tablespoons hot or mild smoked pimentón de la vera (smoked paprika), 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves, and 1 teaspoon popcorn salt (or 2 teaspoons kosher salt). Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve.

Nutritional Yeast, Cumin

Combine 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast with a 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and 1 teaspoon popcorn salt (or 2 teaspoons kosher salt). Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve.

“Pesto” Cheesy Garlic

Combine 1 ounce of Parmigiano-Reggiano with 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, 1 garlic clove, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground. Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons melted butter in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve.

“Buffalo Wings” with Frank’s Red Hot, Butter

Combine 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot sauce in a small microwave-safe cup. Heat on high power at 15 second intervals until completely melted. Toss with popcorn in a large bowl and serve.

“Cool Ranch” with Buttermilk, Black Pepper

Combine 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk with 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 teaspoon dried dill, and 1 teaspoon popcorn salt (or 2 teaspoons kosher salt). Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve.

Kraft Mac and Cheese powder

Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons melted butter in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add 1/4 cup of store-bought Mac & Cheese cheese powder. Serve.

Kimchi Ramen

Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons melted butter in a large bowl and toss to coat. Open the seasoning packet for one serving of kimchi-flavored ramen (or whatever flavor you like). Add half of seasoning and toss to coat. Add more seasoning if desired. Serve.

Chili seasoning mix

Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add 1/4 cup storebought chili seasoning mix. Serve. It will bring you right back to childhood Chili Nights.

Lemongrass, Lime Zest, Chili Powder

Combine 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lemongrass stalk (the pale green and purple inner parts only) with 2 teaspoons grated zest from 1 lime, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 2 teaspoons chili powder, and 1 teaspoon popcorn salt (or 2 teaspoons kosher salt). Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add the seasoning mix and toss again. Serve.

Furikake

Drizzle the popcorn with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Add 1/4 cup of your favorite furikake (we like the kind with nori and shaved bonito flakes), and season to taste with salt. Toss to coat.

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