Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

We cannot watch a movie or any big television event in my house without popcorn! My daughter and I have a lot of popcorn topping combinations, depending on our mood and what we are watching. Girl’s Night usually involves M&Ms! This one came to me the other night when I was making popcorn for me and me alone! That never happens. I love the flavors of rosemary, parmesan and lemon together. It just sounded amazing on popcorn. And it is.

You may have seen this method of popping popcorn on the internet recently. It’s wonderful. Using a paper lunch bag, some popcorn kernels and your microwave you get a fat-free-canvas-of-a-snack to do with whatever you wish! I’ll never go back to buying pre-packaged microwave popcorn again!


Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

1/2 C. popcorn kernels (I use Arrowhead Mills organic)
1 paper lunch bag
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 t. finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 t. sea salt
a bit of cracked black pepper
1 T. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
zest of one lemon

In a paper lunch bag, add 1/2 C. popcorn kernels and fold the top of the bag down two times. Place in your microwave and cook on high for about 3 minutes and 45 seconds. Microwaves vary greatly, and after many attempts, that is what I found to work with mine. Err on the side of less time when you are doing this…burnt popcorn is awful!

While the popcorn is popping, combine the olive oil, rosemary, sea salt and pepper in a small bowl.

When the popcorn is done, pour it out into a large bowl, drizzle with the olive oil mixture, then grate the Parmesan and the lemon over top and mix.



  • If your popcorn kernels are not popping properly, keep the kernels in the refrigerator for a day or two. This restores the moisture in the kernel and should help them pop better.
  • I use a Microplane Grater-Zester to grate both the Parmesan and the lemon. It gives you a fine zest that adheres well to the popcorn.
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11 thoughts on “Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

  1. Olivia Lane

    I love fancy popcorn toppings. Lemon & rosemary popcorn sounds scrumptious! i’ll have to try this. I don’t eat cheese but my boyfriend loves it on his popcorn. thanks!

    1. Caroline

      Thanks so much Olivia! So glad you like this! My family thought the lemon sounded nuts…until they tried it. It really works with the rosemary. If you make it, let me know what you think! :)

  2. Susan Wheeler

    5 stars. Our families favorite seasoning hands down. We don’t always use OO, sometimes we’ll switch it up to butter. It’s the Rosemary that just kicks it up to fantastic. Thanks for the inspiriation.

    1. Caroline

      Susan, your message just made my day! I’m so glad your family likes it so much! I like to change it up with butter too sometimes…it’s delicious! I agree…the rosemary is really great in this! Thanks so much for taking the time to message me!

  3. Shannon

    I don’t understand why you’d call this fat free when it has both olive oil and parmesan. Yes, it looks yummy, and undoubtedly is much lower in fat that most popcorn. But it’s not fat free.

    1. Caroline

      I’m really glad you think this looks yummy Shannon. It really is. What I referred to as “fat free” was this method of popping popcorn, not the recipe itself. If you give it a try, let me know how you like it!

  4. Margie MacKenzie

    Hi Caroline, I’m a friend of your cousin Chris and a personal chef/small event caterer in Redwood City. Chris showed me your fantastic blog and you have inspired me. Love photography! I’m looking forward to making the rosemary parmesan popcorn for clients this weekend! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Caroline

      Margie, thank you so much for your encouraging words! I’m thrilled that you’ll be making the Parmesan Popcorn! I think you’ll love it and it’s so easy to do in the microwave! Thanks for taking the time to write me! :)


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