New This Month

Seasoned Popcorn

A big bowl of seasoned popcorn goes a long way, and it doesn't take long to replenish it as needed. There's a secret to getting every last kernel to pop (let stand 30 seconds), but this is among the easiest of snacks to make, in a variety of flavors: sea salt-pepper; chili-lime; sesame-pepper; Pecorino-rosemary; smoked paprika; and spicy-sweet.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).

  • Servings: 6

Photography: David Malosh


  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels

For the Sea Salt-Pepper Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground or cracked black pepper

For the Chili-Lime Seasoning

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest, plus juice from 1 large lime wedge

For the Sesame-Pepper Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

For the Pecorino-Rosemary Seasoning

  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

For the Smoked Paprika Seasoning

  • Coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika, also called pimenton

For the Spicy-Sweet Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated brown sugar (or light-brown sugar, sifted)
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


  1. Heat oil and a few popcorn kernels in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. When kernels pop, add remaining kernels and cover. Remove from heat; let stand 30 seconds. Return to heat and cook, shaking pot frequently, until popping stops, 1 to 2 minutes. Toss with desired seasonings (adding more to taste), transfer to a bowl, and serve immediately.

  2. SEA SALT-PEPPER: Stir together salt and pepper.

  3. CHILI-LIME: Combine chili powder, cumin, salt, and lime zest in a large bowl. Add hot popcorn, and squeeze juice from 1 large lime wedge into bowl. Toss until evenly coated.

  4. SESAME-PEPPER: Grind sesame seeds, salt, and pepper in a spice grinder until seeds are coarsely ground. Toss hot popcorn with butter until evenly coated, then toss with sesame mixture.

  5. PECORINO-ROSEMARY: Stir together cheese and rosemary.

  6. SMOKED PAPRIKA: Season with salt to taste, then add paprika.

  7. SPICY-SWEET: Combine sugar, salt, garam masala, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Toss hot popcorn with butter until evenly coated, then toss with brown-sugar mixture.


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