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How To Get Seasoning To Stick To Popcorn

In this recipe, I discuss three ways to get your seasoning or salt of choice to stick to your popcorn. These include:
- When using an air popper
- When using a stovetop
- When using a microwave
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Prep Time 6 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 106 kcal


  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 portion popcorn seasoning
  • 1 portion popcorn salt


How to get the seasoning to stick to popcorn from an air popper

  • The problem with using an air popper is that the resulting popcorn is SUPER dry. This makes it difficult for any seasonings to adhere properly.
  • To get round this, you need to moisten the popcorn. The most common way to do this is to use oil.
  • Any kind of oil will do. I like to use olive oil or melted coconut oil. A cool trick you can use is to infuse your oil. This will enhance the flavor of popcorn even more.
  • Use a mister to spray the oil of your choice over the cooked popcorn.
  • Ensure you spray the oil on as soon as possible after cooking the popcorn as this increases the stickiness.
  • As an alternative to using a mister, you can use the bowl trick.
    The bowl trick is useful if you don’t pop popcorn often enough to justify investing in a mister, or if you need a solution right now.
  • Get a bowl big enough to hold your popcorn and toss it around.
  • Coat the bowl with a mixture of oil and your seasoning. Use just enough oil to cover the bowl entirely without a puddle forming in the bottom of the bowl.
  • As soon as you’ve coated the bowl, chuck your popcorn in and toss it around – the oil mixture will stick to the popcorn, seasoning it nicely.
  • You’ll have to work quickly to coat the popcorn before gravity takes effect and all the oil slides to the bottom of the bowl. But if you’re nimble enough, this is quick and effective method.

Seasoning popcorn without fat or butter

  • Swap the oil in the above steps for one of the following:
    Water (or saltwater), Vinegar, Soy sauce, Lime juice, Tabasco
  •  You can also combine a mix of the above ingredients. (you can use water to dilute any of the flavors for a more mild taste).
  • Another option you have is to lightly steam the popcorn. The moisture from the steam will coat the popcorn and make it sticky.
  • Fill a pan with boiling water.
  • Put the popcorn in a colander and place it over the boiling water.
  • Toss or stir the popcorn in the colander, so it gets evenly coated in steam.
  • As you’re tossing the popcorn, sprinkle over your seasonings. The steam will help them stick.
  • After 30 seconds, take the popcorn off the heat and continue to toss. This will prevent the popcorn from getting soggy.

How to get the seasoning to stick to popcorn on a stovetop

  • Before popping the popcorn, coat the un-popped kernels with an oil of your choice and your seasonings.
  • As the popcorn pops the seasoned oil will coat your popcorn.
  • You can also infuse your oil with seasoning to bring out even more flavor.
  • The recommended ratio is ½ a teaspoon of oil for every ¼ cup of popcorn kernels. With this ratio, the popcorn will get a nice thin coating of oil without becoming soggy.
  • If you want to add more seasoning once the popcorn is popped, go ahead and just sprinkle it on. Be quick though, because as soon as the popcorn cools down it will no longer be sticky.

How to get the seasoning to stick to popcorn from a microwave

  • If you’re popping your corn in the microwave you can also use the trick of coating the kernels in oil and seasoning before you pop them.
  • Or if the popcorn is already popped, then again, the best thing to do is look at the options I give for coating air-popped popcorn above.


Calories: 106kcal
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