This post is all about how to make your popcorn interesting and flavorful, not how to make your own popcorn. That being said, please don’t use microwave popcorn. It contains all kinds of weird ingredients. Instead, make your own. All you need is a brown paper lunch bag and some unpopped kernels. See lots of great options for popping your own corn here.
Now, onto the good part. Flava!
Stuff To Sprinkle on Popcorn
Once your popcorn is done turn it into a large bowl. Use either: all-natural olive oil cooking spray or just put some olive oil in a spritz bottle and spray the popcorn (because it’s in a spray form, you tend to use less). Sprinkle the popcorn with salt and toss. Place the popcorn in a skillet on low-heat and shake the popcorn with your favorite topping (ideas below) until the popcorn starts to turn golden. Some of the seasonings are more flavorful than others, so make sure to adjust the quantity to your liking and toss thoroughly to ensure an even coating.
1. Parmesan & Garlic Popcorn
Shake the popcorn with finely grated Parmesan and some minced garlic.
2. Cinnamon & Sugar Popcorn
Shake the popcorn with sugar and cinnamon. Add more salt if you like the contrast of salty-sweet.
3. Japanese Spice Popcorn
Shake the popcorn with a few touch of sesame oil and black sesame seeds. I also had these special wasabi seeds on hand so I used those as well.
4. Indian Three-Spice Mix Popcorn
Shake the popcorn with a sprinkle of tumeric, garam masala and ground coriander. Note: the tumeric will give your popcorn a brilliant yellow color, but unless you want it on your hands, be careful with the sprinkling.
Other Seasonings to Try:
5. Cayenne or hot red pepper flakes
6. Za’atar (a mixture of dried thyme, ground sumac, toasted sesame seeds, salt and round black pepper)