Unique Toppings for Savory Popcorn

Popcorn is an amazing snack perfect for relaxing in front of a TV screen, but when you make your own, it can be challenging to figure out what to add. There’s the classic butter-and-salt, and maybe you’ve experimented with some sweet flavors, but what are some other savory options for when you want to keep popcorn as healthy as possible? Here’s eight amazing topping ideas:

Garlic + sriracha

Perfect for the person who loves sriracha mildly-spicy flavor, this popcorn also gets flavor from a good hit of garlic salt.

Everything Bagel

You can even buy Everything Bagel seasoning on its own, though it you want to mix your own, you’ll need poppy seeds, onion powder, garlic powder, and sesame seeds. To make the seasoning stick, toss the popcorn in melted butter first.

Rosemary + lemon + brown butter

When you brown butter, it gets a much richer, nuttier flavor that’s balanced by earthy rosemary and bright lemon zest. Don’t forget some salt to bring it all together!


A Japanese seasoning, furikake is made by blending dried seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt. It’s a whole new way to make your popcorn salty-sweet.

Chinese 5-Spice

An essential spice blend in Chinese cooking, Chinese 5-Spice is made from cloves, fennel, star anise, cinnamon, and Szechuan peppercorns. To make the seasoning stick, toss popped popcorn in butter first. For an even more unique flavor profile, mix the melted butter with soy sauce and honey.


To get a taste of New Orleans, mix popcorn with melted butter, then toss with garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper seasoning, and paprika.

Wasabi + ginger

If you love the flavor of horseradish, you’ll love wasabi. Mix dried wasabi powder with ginger and salt, and sprinkle over popcorn that’s been tossed in melted butter or oil.

Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

In Mexico, you’ll often find corn-on-the-cob slathered in butter, salty cotija cheese, and other seasonings. To get that flavor onto your popcorn, toss popped kernels with butter, then mix with plenty of lime zest, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and of course, crumbled cotija.