Brown Butter and Crispy Sage Popcorn Recipe

This recipe elevates your regular movie-night popcorn with the nutty flavor of brown butter and the earthy goodness of crispy sage. It’s a simple yet addictive snack perfect for cozy nights in.


  • 3-4 Tablespoons grapeseed, extra virgin olive, or coconut oil (for stovetop popping)
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • Heaping ¼ cup chopped fresh sage (around 10-12 large leaves)
  • Sea salt, to taste


1. Pop the Corn: There are two ways to pop your kernels for this recipe:

  • Stovetop Method: Heat your chosen oil in a large pot with a lid over medium heat. Once hot, add the popcorn kernels and swirl to coat. Cover the pot slightly, leaving a small opening for steam to escape. Keep shaking the pot occasionally to prevent burning. Listen for the popping to slow down significantly (to about 2-3 pops per second) – that’s your cue to remove the pot from heat.
  • Air Popper Method: If using an air popper, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to pop your kernels.

2. Brown the Butter: While the popcorn pops, melt the butter in a separate pan over medium-low heat. Swirl the pan occasionally to ensure even browning. Watch closely as the butter foams, turns golden brown, and releases a nutty aroma. Be careful not to let it burn.

3. Crisp the Sage: Once the butter is golden brown, remove the pan from heat and immediately add the chopped sage leaves. Swirl the pan to coat the sage with the butter. The sage will sizzle and crisp up within a minute or so. Remove the sage leaves with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess butter.

4. Assemble and Enjoy: Pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle the warm brown butter with sage flavor generously over the popcorn and toss with a spatula to coat evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy the crispy popcorn with bits of browned butter and crispy sage.


  • For a richer flavor, use browned butter leftover from another recipe.
  • Experiment with different herbs like rosemary or thyme instead of sage.
  • If you don’t have fresh sage, you can substitute with ½ teaspoon dried sage. However, fresh sage offers a more vibrant flavor.
  • You can add a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese for an extra savory touch.
  • This recipe is easily doubled or tripled for a crowd.
  • Store leftover popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, but be aware that the popcorn won’t be as crisp.


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