Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

I had the fancy idea to attempt a truffle popcorn recipe because it sounds beautiful and sophisticated and delicious. So after a very long day of work that involved driving 200+ miles (between Richmond and DC) I found myself driving from grocery store to grocery store at 9:30 at night, realizing that no store open past 9pm carries truffle oil. Bummer.

But my heart was set on popcorn and I even reached for a bag of that “cheese” popcorn stuff that I loved as a child (and admittedly still love today) but put it back in the shelf since I couldn’t pronounce half the ingredients on the bag. That would not suffice.

I went home and decided I would make my own popcorn, truffle oil or no truffle oil. Besides, sometimes things are best when they’re kept simple. Of course, I had to fancy it up just a little.

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Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Snack
Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot.
  2. Toss in a couple of kernels and wait until they start to sizzle and pop.
  3. Add in the rest of the kernels and give the pot a good shake to distribute the oil.
  4. Shake gently over the heat until it looks like most of the kernels have popped.
  5. Immediately sprinkle with parmesan and toss to coat.
  6. Sprinkle on bits of fresh rosemary over top.


If you’re making this for a group of youngsters, you may want to leave out the rosemary. I think it adds a nice depth to the flavor, though! The parmesan gives it that lick-your-fingers nostalgia you would get from eating the store bought kind and you actually know what that powder is.  Win-win. Besides, popcorn is best when it’s hot off the stove! Now I have to restrain myself from eating it for breakfast.

What’s your favorite type of popcorn?


  1. I was on a quest for truffle oil this week too! I wanted to do roasted cauliflower with it. This popcorn sounds delicious. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.

  2. Funny you posted this because I just finished my popcorn kernels last night and added more to my shopping list! Love popcorn anyway possible!

  3. I’m a popcorn lover and this looks like a interesting recipe..Eek..I’ve never heard of truffle oil. Just goes to show there’s always something new to learn.

  4. I’ve been on such a popcorn kick lately- love the twist

  5. The gourmet popcorn flavours are so popular right now. Your version sounds like a lovely healthy snack.

  6. Haha I’m guilty of grabbing the funky cheese topping for popcorn, but smart choice to opt for a healthier version! My favorite type of popcorn is the dessert kind with white chocolate!

  7. I make something very similar. I have a rosemary herb seasoning blend. I make my popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave. I dump it into a bowl and then add a little garlic grapeseed oil, the rosemary spice blend and top with some shredded parmesan. It’s my favorite way to eat popcorn!

    • Oh yum!!! I’ve tried making it in a brown paper bag before but I was unsuccessful. I’ll have to try it again!

  8. though i’ve never had rosemary on popcorn, i know i’d love this!

  9. I have never thought to add rosemary to my popcorn, but I am definitely going to give that a try the next time I pop some up! Awesome idea. I think I add in some nutritional yeast in place of the parmesan too!

  10. Oh many this sounds divine! I wish I could eat popcorn, bc I sooo wants some. *Sad face!*

  11. Love this idea! It would be great for a grown up movie night 🙂

    I loved cheese popcorn growing up too but for the most part my sister and I would have butter flavoured with lots of salt!

  12. Oooh this sounds good! Popcorn is my all-time favorite food but I never really have any good ideas for experimenting with different flavors. Keep the popcorn ideas coming! 🙂

  13. I’m so craving popcorn right now! Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs- we started growing it last year and it’s nice how it can withstand colder temperatures. I love a sweeter take- coconut oil and cinnamon sugar popcorn. So delicious!

  14. I’ve never tried parmesan on my popcorn before, but now I really want some!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Liz. I have a question, you think dried rosemary would work?

  15. Ooooh! I’ve been meaning to make my own popcorn for a while! This recipe sounds delicious. I’ll definitely be getting the ingredients on my grocery run today.

  16. Ooooh! I’ve recently been this means to create my own fat free popcorn for some time! This formula seems scrumptious. I’ll definitely become obtaining elements upon my grocery store manage these days.


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