The Best (Rosemary Parmesan) Popcorn You’ll Ever Have


What’s cozier than curling up on the sofa to watch a movie with a big bowl of popcorn? And buttered popcorn is great, but other toppings take it to a new level. Here, Siri from Siriously Delicious shares her delicious recipe…



The Best Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn You’ll Ever Have
By Siri Pinter of Siriously Delicious

I discovered this popcorn on a wintery day in New York City a few years ago. We had ducked into a bar for some beers and the bartender placed a bowl of popcorn in front of us. To the eye it looked like an average snack but after one bite, we were desperate to know what made it the best popcorn we had ever put in our mouths. A few fresh ingredients had done the trick: rosemary-infused olive oil and grated Parmesan.

Can you imagine: the best popcorn you’ve ever had and no butter?! The rosemary—earthy and aromatic—pairs beautifully with the nutty, salty Parmesan and, of course, there’s nothing more addictive than a batch of freshly popped popcorn. I was destined to go home to create my own and very pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to pull off.

The longer you infuse the oil with the rosemary, the better (and the leftover oil is perfect for pasta or chicken or drizzled over salad). But even if you throw this together at the last minute, your friends will be begging you for the recipe. Instead of sharing, gift them a bag and keep the recipe a deep, dark, delicious secret.

Recipe: Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
Yields: 16 cups

For the oil:
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
6 rosemary sprigs

For the popcorn:
1/4 cup rosemary oil
1 cup popcorn kernels
Grated Parmesan (to taste)

Sea salt (to taste)

To make the oil, combine olive oil and rosemary sprigs in an airtight container or jar and refrigerate overnight (or up to 3 weeks).

To make the popcorn, heat oil and 1 kernel of popcorn over medium-high heat in a large pot. I like to add some of the rosemary leaves from the oil as well. Once the kernel pops, add the rest of the kernels and cover. Listen closely; once popping subsides, remove from heat. Add Parmesan and salt, and shake up the pot to stir. Taste, and add more cheese and salt as needed.


What else do you guys put on popcorn? Thanks, Siri!

P.S. More best recipes, including avocado salad and homemade hummus.

(Recipe by Siri of Siriously Delicious; photos by Chasing You Photography. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

  1. I like this great blog..It is very nice..recently I cooked popcorn in my home and i eat with my family..I really like this popcorn..thanks..

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  3. Oh this is perfect timing. I was just thinking about a nice snack to serve during the cocktail hour of my wedding reception. How far in advance can I make this? Will it be gross if I make it the day before??

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  5. You know one thing I put on popcorn? Ketchup! :D
    But this sounds way more delicious, pinning this to try later. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. wow, this sounds so much easier than I would expect! Will try this weekend.

  7. wow, this sounds so much easier than I would expect! Will try this weekend.

  8. popcorn is my most favorite snack, ever. i love hearing that other folks put nutritional yeast on their popcorn, too (i get mine to stick with a little melted earth balance!).

    my favorite toppings?
    – sriracha (no joke. i melt it with the butter or earth balance, pour it on, and BAM!)
    – chili powder + nutritional yeast + cumin + lime
    – salt and gummy bears (rare, but a tasty sweet treat at the movies)
    – butter + pepper
    – i’ve made it with chili infused oil before, and it was amazing

    i figure popcorn is the perfect canvas for just about everything!


  9. I love popcorn with fresh squeezed lime juice and chili powder, so good!

  10. I’ve been putting garlic powder and cayenne pepper on my popcorn lately! Tasty tasty!

  11. Lots of butter, salt, nutritional yeast, and crumbled up kale chips!

  12. Mmm, popcorn flavors are so much fun! One I particularly enjoy, which you should try, is lime and garlic salt. I have been thinking about posting about it on my blog actually. It is quite simple, just squirt some fresh lime and sprinkle some garlic salt and there you have it. What I really enjoy about it is the pop of lime on some pieces, since it soaks in. Love it!

    { Ellies Wonder }

  13. That sounds amazing! I have put grated cheddar on mine before, but this looks even better!!

  14. I LOVE popcorn. I make mine stovetop, popped with coconut oil (and sometimes a nub of butter added to it). My favourite topping combo is nutritional yeast and BEET ROOT POWDER! it’s nutty, sweet, cheesy, slightly earthy. yumm.

  15. Oh my god this looks amazing! At work we’re all obsessed with flavoured popcorn- today someone had honey and sea salt and it was AMAZING!!!

  16. Sounds delicious! I may try it with a different oil, though because olive oil oxidizes at high heat, which isn’t a good thing. I would have never thought of rosemary for popcorn!

  17. By bar…did she mean Jean Georges? lol. Our friend bartended there years ago and yes- the popcorn is TO DIE FOR. We’ve tried to replicate it at home, but I can never get my popcorn to pop nicely on the stove. Will have to wait for a bigger kitchen and a real popcorn maker to do it properly I suppose.

  18. Soy sauce and parmesan cheese :)

  19. Oh my goodness that sounds too amazing. We usually spice our popcorn up with a little salt and vinegar. That rosemary oil is a must-try.

    Lauren x
    Gordon + Gold

  20. I love it! When we lived in Canada, the movie theaters had all these fun toppings for popcorn… My favorite concoction currently is popcorn with peanut M&Ms. The sweet and salty thing is soooo good!

    Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn sounds like something worth a try :)

  21. I know EXACTLY what bar she is talking about, they got me and my roommate addicted to this stuff too. Thank you for the recipe!!

  22. I’m always afraid to make popcorn with oil, I’m terrified I will burn the house down. But it may be worth it for rosemary parmesan popcorn!

  23. I like sea salt and pepper so yummy, and my neighbor sprinkles hot sauce on his popcorn.

  24. We are big fans of popping in olive oil and topping with cracked black pepper and sea salt.

  25. wow , that sounds delicious! I have a popcorn maker and a pack of delicious american popcorn kernels that make crunchy snow white popcorn so I guess I ll have a go at this recipe tonight!

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    We have fresh popped popcorn nearly everyday for an afternoon snack. We use olive oil, salt and nutritional yeast. Nutrient rich and tastes a bit like cheesey popcorn. yum!!

  27. we got a popcorn maker and lots of different seasonings as a wedding gift. it’s fun to experiment with different flavors!

  28. Speaking of popcorn, my friend recently with us this great recipe to make perfect stovetop popcorn without burning!

    There’s a bit of counting involved so my toddler and I have been having fun with that and he just loves it as a mid-morning snack. (I know popcorn can be a toddler snack no-no, but we’ve never had any problems, knock on wood!)

    We’ll have to try this rosemary parmesan option soon!

  29. This sounds delicious! It is also a healthier option too! Great presentation!

  30. This sounds delicious! It is also a healthier option too! Great presentation!

  31. This looks so wonderful! I make rosemary and olive oil roasted almonds, but I could totally see that flavor profile rocking on popcorn too. And parmesan! Oh man.

  32. I like to pop my popcorn in unrefined coconut oil (which gives it a buttery sweetness) and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt!

  33. Nutritional yeast is my new favorite popcorn topping. Chalk full of nutrients and adds a delicious cheesy taste.

    This recipe is going to be a must try for this upcoming storm on Friday!


    • We love nutritional yeast on ours, too, but find that most of it falls through the kernels to the bottom of the bowl. Do you have any secrets for making it stick? Also, we make this stuff called Savory Sauce out of equal parts nutritional yeast, Bragg’s Amino Acids and Flax Seed oil. It’s insanely delish. Add a drizzle to a bowl of beans and rice and it takes it to a whole new level! :)

    • I used to put nooch on my popcorn all the time, and I had the same problem! I found two things that helped: 1) popping in plenty of oil (which will make the popped kernels moister and give the nutritional yeast something to stick to), and 2) grinding the yeast flakes in the food processor first (smaller particles will cling to the popcorn more easily). Hope that helps :)

    • First of all, I adore nutritional yeast – I put it on popcorn, baked potatoes, mix it into soups, salads – but I’ve never heard it called “nooch.” Love it. Anyhow I get mine to stick with a little butter. Apparently you girls are too healthy for me! Other options are a little bit of olive oil or some tamari. Seriously, tamari and nutritional yeast on popcorn is the best.

    • I usually do air-popped corn so most toppings fall to the bottom of the bowl. I find giving it a quick spray with an oil spray before sprinkling keeps (most of) it stuck to the corn.