“Nooch” (Nutritional Yeast) Popcorn

“Nooch” (a.k.a. Nutritional Yeast) Popcorn is super-easy to make on the stovetop, it’s naturally both vegan and gluten-free, and it’s always a crowd fave!

Nooch Popcorn

Guys, if you haven’t tried nooch popcorn yet — it’s time.

I made the switch nearly a decade ago from making my stovetop popcorn with butter to making it with nutritional yeast instead — or “nooch”, for short — and I’ve gotta say, I haven’t looked back since.  We are 100% obsessed with this popcorn in our house.  And over the years, dozens upon dozens of friends who have tried our nooch popcorn recipe have become instantly obsessed as well.

It’s easy to whip up a quick batch in just 5 minutes with 4 pantry ingredients.  And I’m telling you — the nooch adds this cheesy, buttery, nutty, magical flavor that is just downright irresistible with popcorn.  Nutritional yeast is also obviously much lighter than butter, and it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan as well.  So over the years, it has become our go-to snack to whip up when having people over to our place.  Or anytime we need a good munchie for a road trip, or a picnic, or a happy hour with friends.  Or — most often — when we’re hangin’ out at home watching Netflix on a weeknight and get a case of the munchies.

Nooch popcorn will always be there to save the day.

Let’s make some!!

Nooch Popcorn Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Bragg's Nutritional Yeast Seasoning

What Is Nutritional Yeast?

If you’re new to our starring ingredient here, you may be asking — just exactly what is nutritional yeast?  I know, the name sounds hopelessly unappetizing.  But nutritional yeast — or “nooch”, for short — is one of my favorite ingredients!  It’s simply a deactivated yeast that is typically sold in a flaky or powdery form.  It has an irresistibly cheesy, nutty, savory flavor.  It’s naturally both vegan and gluten-free.  And best of all, it’s a rich source of vitamins, protein and fiber.

I’ve long been partial to Bragg’s nutritional yeast, especially when making popcorn.  But different brands of nooch can vary in flavor, so I recommend doing some taste-testing to see which one you love best. ♡

Nutritional Yeast Popcorn Ingredients:

The best thing about nooch popcorn?  All of the ingredients are easy to keep on hand in your pantry so that you can pop up a quick batch when the craving strikes.  You will need:

  • Popcorn kernels: I’m a big fan of the “jumbo” kernels, but any kind of popcorn kernels will do.  (Here’s an Amazon link to my favorite brand, although it is usually considerably cheaper in stores.)
  • Oil: I’ve always used coconut oil for this recipe, which gives it a super-subtly-sweet undertone that everyone always comments on and loves.  But avocado oil, olive oil, or safflower oil are good alternatives too.
  • Nutritional yeast: I always use Bragg’s!
  • Salt: Fine sea salt (or even regular iodonized table salt) will do.  Just add however much you like, to taste.

Also, very importantly, you will need:

  • A saucepan or stockpot: I’ve written the recipe below to work in a medium saucepan.  But feel free to increase the proportions a bit for it to work in a larger stockpot for a bigger batch.
  • Large food storage container (with a lid): It’s also essential to have some sort of large food storage container with a lid, such as this one, in order to shake the popcorn together with the nooch and salt.

How To Make Nooch Popcorn (Vegan)

How To Make Stovetop Popcorn:

To make stovetop popcorn with nutritional yeast, simply:

  1. Prepare the nooch and salt.  Before you begin popping the popcorn (or you can multitask this step while it’s popping), go ahead and shake a bunch of nooch into a large food storage container, along with your desired amount of salt.  I recommend adding a liberal amount of nooch, and then if there is any extra, you can always shake it up with a second batch of popcorn afterwards.
  2. Heat the oil.  Next, in a medium saucepan, add enough oil to generously coat the bottom of the pan (about 2mm or so deep).  Heat over medium-high heat until the oil is nice and hot.  Then to test when the oil is ready to go, just drop 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the pan.  And once they pop, it’s ready!
  3. Add the popcorn kernels. Add in enough popcorn kernels to cover the bottom of the saucepan in a single layer.  (If you add any more, the saucepan will not have room for them once the pop!)
  4. Pop that corn!  Then once the kernels begin to pop, stay close by to keep an eye on them, giving the pan a good shake every 15 seconds or so in order to make sure that the kernels fall to the bottom of the pan.  Let the popcorn continue popping until it slows down significantly and there are a few seconds remaining between pops.  Then immediately…
  5. Pour the popcorn into the storage container.  And do so quickly so that the kernels don’t burn in the pan and the popcorn stays nice and hot.  Then quickly place the lid on the container and give the popcorn a good 10-second shake until it is evenly coated with the nooch.  Then…it’s popcorn time!
  6. Serve warm and enjoy.  This popcorn definitely tastes best right away.  Although you’re welcome to store it in the food storage container for a few days.  (It will just start to get a bit chewy over time, as cooked popcorn tends to do once it has set out awhile.  But even if it’s chewy, it will still taste good.)

Vegan Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast

Possible Variations:

Want to customize your nooch popcorn?  Feel free to also add in some:

  • Freshly-cracked black pepper: So simple, but it kicks the flavor up a big notch!
  • Everything bagel seasoningAlways delicious.
  • Cayenne: Add a generous pinch of cayenne powder in with the nooch for a subtle kick.
  • Parmesan cheese: Not vegan, obviously, but always a winner on popcorn.
  • Other seasonings: Taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, Za’atar seasoning, curry powder — whatever sounds good!  Seasoning blends are a fun way to jazz up your popcorn.
  • Finely-chopped fresh herbs: Basil, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, parsley or even mint can all be delicious!
  • Truffle oil: Drizzle a little on the popcorn after it has popped (and before shaking it up with the nooch) and the flavor is unreal.
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Nooch Popcorn
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Nooch (Nutritional Yeast) Popcorn

  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 8 cups 1x

Description

Nooch popcorn is the BEST butter-free popcorn! It’s also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with no artificial ingredients.


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoons fine sea salt, or more/less to taste
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, or enough to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels

Instructions

  1. Add the nutritional yeast and salt to a large food storage container (with a lid).  Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Place 3-4 individual kernels in the pan.  Once the kernels begin to pop, add in the rest of the kernels so that they form a single layer on the bottom of the pan.  Cover the saucepan with a lid and give it a shake so that the kernels all get coated with the oil.
  3. When the popcorn kernels start popping, give the pan a good shake every 15 seconds or so to help the un-popped kernels fall to the bottom. (This will also help prevent the popcorn from burning.)  Once the popping slows down and there are a few seconds between pops, immediately transfer the popcorn to the prepared food storage container.  Place the lid on the container, and give it a good shake for 10 seconds to coat the popcorn.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!

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182 comments on ““Nooch” (Nutritional Yeast) Popcorn”

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  3. I’m not a big fan of cheesy popcorn but my family is. I made this for them and they loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Nutritional Yeast is great.  Gentle Chef has a recipe here http://thegentlechef.com/blog/?p=1779  for a cheesy sprinkle that you can use on popcorn or potato chips.  The secret is that there must be some moisture on the chips or popcorn for the sprinkle to stick.  All Vegan of course.  

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  8. Made this today added a little cayenne pepper my husband loved it.  

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  10. I love nutritional yeast on my popcorn. Ac8i love it on alot of things.  Including avacado toast and roasted cauliflower….um yum! I tried your tubberwear trick and it made a significant difference. Now I don’t have to add all that extra oil to my puffy corn! Even my boyfriend, who has been know to use half a sick of butter and a generous amount of parmigiano, ate an entire batch of this! Oh and I’m totally calling it “nooch” from now on!

  11. Perfect recipe, thank you. I love incorporating nutritional yeast into my recipes. I bought an old fashioned popcorn popper that I love and it’s so easy to use. Wabash valley. 
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00004SU35/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1455506811&sr=8-2&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=popcorn+maker

    If interested I make Parmesan like topping for my salads. A recipe from everyday detox cookbook. 1 cup finely chopped walnuts, 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast and 1/4 teaspoon himalyan salt. So good and so easy. 

    Thanks again! Can’t wait to have this delicious and heksthy popcorn again!

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  14. Popcorn is my absolute favorite nighttime snack, and now here’s an idea to make it healthier? Yes, please, just have to find some nooch! ?

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  20. I’ve been putting nutritional yeast (I wish they would come up with a more catchy name) on my popcorn for years not knowing that anyone else did it! It makes my popcorn like crack, and my dairy-eating friends are amazed by it too until they ask what the seasoning is and they get a little freaked out. 

    • Yeah, we’re so glad you love it! They definitely should come up with a catchier name though, for sure! :)

  21.  Can nooch be used on air popped popcorn?

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  23. The suggestion to run the yeast and salt in a blender before adding it to the popcorn is on the right track. Smaller particle size works better when electrostatic attraction is the principle adhesion mechanism. If you have a mortar and pestle, hand grinding the salt (which acts as an abrasive to break down the yeast) with the yeast will produce even smaller particles than using a blender, but it is a fair amount of manual labor. Adding some cayenne sounds like a nice addition too.

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  26. love the recipe the popcorn sounds so awsome! iam going to try it pretty soon i was wondering if you mind telling me what camera did you use for your pictures they look great! the picture is so clear!

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  35. Yummy stuff! Been making this for years w/either coconut oil (stove top) or pour locally made EVOO on corn popped from my air popper…Also only use Organic popcorn. Happy, Healthy snacking!


  36. Long -time follower. First time noocher. Pretty darn good. I do miss the occasional butter- soaked soggy kernel. Pondering how I can achieve this with the nooch. Thanks for the post!

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  38. Ohhhh I’m so happy to see this out there in the world! I learned this “secret recipe” from a girlfriend years ago, and I’ve called it “crack” ever since. We add Spike seasoning as well and usually use grapeseed oil versus coconut oil. So simple, and so, so delicious. Thanks for all your great recipes and ideas – you truly are the food blogger that I trust the most :)! Whenever I’m browsing recipes and realize one is a Gimmie Some Oven goodie, I know it’s going to be a winner. So thank you for that :)!! Cheers!

  39. Will this work with an air popper?

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  41. So excited getting ready to try this now!

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  43. I am so glad I happened upon this 2 days ago. I made popcorn last night and used “nooch” and I have to agree, I sincerely enjoyed the taste without the butter. So much that this will be my “go to” seasoning on popcorn in the place of the butter. I had to laugh at the fact the the bottle clearly states it is good on popcorn and I never thought to do so until I read your blog.

    Thanks for posting this on your site some time ago for the late comers like myself to enjoy. I look forward to trying some of your recipes.

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  45. I’ve made this a couple of times. We like it but it did make us all cough a bit due to the fine nutritional yeast. The first attempt In the air popper without oil was worse. I use coconut oil now which helps but my daughter still calls it cough corn🤣

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  47. Will this work with air popped popcorn?

  48. I cam’t believe that in my three years of being vegan, I still haven’t tried nutritional yeast! I hear people talk about it all the time, so I might just have to try this recipe!

    Shannon

  49. I make popcorn in an air popper. Will this work or does it need the oil to stick to the popcorn.

  50. Oh I’ve been making this for years. Except I melt a bit of butter in the corn pan after dumping the popped corn into the big bowl. Then I drizzle the butter and then sprinkle the salt and Nooch. My husband (ever wary of healthy things), actually asks for nooch popcorn now. We love it.