My Perfect Popcorn Recipe (with Nutritional Yeast)

Everybody needs a go-to popcorn recipe. That’s a truth universally acknowledged. We’ve tried many methods and variations over the years, from stovetop popping to microwave hacks, from sweet to savory, from good to better to best. This is the recipe we come back to time after time. Snack after snack. Movie after movie. It’s our perfect popcorn.

It won’t surprise you that my favorite popcorn is a packed with umami and full of savory goodness. Bonus: it has only four ingredients even when you count the salt, and it takes less than ten minutes to make. I haven’t yet figured out how to make it braces-friendly (and I’m not holding my breath for that one), but otherwise, like the title says, we think it’s perfect.


If you don't have a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, place the nutritional yeast and salt in a small zip-top bag and work it to a fine powder between your fingers.

My Perfect Popcorn (with Nutritional Yeast)

Everyone needs a go-to popcorn method, right? We air pop in the same machine I've had since high school, then dress our popcorn in an umami-rich blend of fruity olive oil, nutritional yeast and salt. Makes about 16 cups.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 4



  1. Pop the popcorn kernels with an air popper into a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. With a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, grind the nutritional yeast and salt together until you have a fine powder. Sprinkle over popcorn and toss to coat.


As with all the “my perfect” recipes on the blog (and you can type that phrase into the search bar to find the rest), I don’t mean to be a royal arse shouting MINE is better than YOURS. I just mean, man, this is one of those recipes where we’ve nailed it. It’s perfect for our taste buds, and we don’t tinker with it. You, of course, are free to tinker as you please.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 227 Total Fat:: 11.8g Carbohydrates:: 26.2g Fiber:: 5.6g Protein:: 5.8g