Savoury Garlic Miso Popcorn Recipe

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by Maggie Turansky

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This miso popcorn recipe is perfect for those who want to jazz up a boring batch of popcorn very easily. The miso butter sauce comes together in a matter of minutes and the results are so savoury and delicious, you’re sure to be craving it again and again.

Those looking for something different than just regular microwaved popcorn will love this delicious dish. It’s super simple to make and really doesn’t take much more time than throwing a bag in the microwave but the taste is so much better.

Whether you’re looking for something casual to put out as an appetiser or want to make your movie nights a bit more sophisticated, this easy and flavourful miso butter popcorn is sure to hit the spot.

Miso Butter Popcorn
Miso Popcorn

Miso Butter Popcorn Recipe

The first step of this simple recipe is to pop your popcorn. I like to use the stovetop method as I think it’s easiest. But if you have a popcorn popper, then go ahead and use that. You can also simply use unflavored microwave popcorn if that’s what you’d prefer!

To make stovetop popcorn (which is exactly what I do in my caramel popcorn recipe), go ahead and put a bit of neutral oil in a medium saucepan. Add one or two popcorn kernels and cover with the lid.

Ingredients for this miso popcorn recipe
Ingredients for this miso popcorn recipe

Set the pan over high heat and wait until the popcorn kernels have popped before adding the rest of your popcorn. Cover the pan again and wait until you begin to hear some popping.

Once this happens, shake the pan occasionally until all of the kernels have popped. Transfer the popped popcorn to a large mixing bowl.

Popped popcorn
Popped popcorn

Now it’s time to make the garlic miso butter! This is super simple and I generally use the same pan I popped the popcorn in – just wipe it out with a towel and you can generally use the residual heat in the pan to melt everything together.

Add a bit of butter to the pan and melt it gently. Then, add in a bit of miso paste and grate in a clove of garlic. Miso paste adds a funky almost cheesy taste to the popcorn that is so delicious.

Adding the butter, garlic and miso to the pan
Adding the butter, garlic and miso to the pan

It’s also salty enough that you’re not going to need to add any additional salt to the popcorn at all. This is why I also recommend using unsalted butter.

Whisk the miso and garlic into the melted butter until it’s well combined.

Combined miso butter mixture
Combined miso butter mixture

Then, pour the miso butter over the popped popcorn. Use a large spoon or spatula to gently stir the popcorn to ensure that the butter is evenly distributed over all of the popcorn.

Pouring the miso butter over the popcorn
Pouring the miso butter over the popcorn

Then, for the finishing touch, grind a generous amount of black pepper over the popcorn, stir to evenly distribute and then serve immediately!

Miso Butter Popcorn

Miso Butter Popcorn

This savoury popcorn is easy to make and is the perfect snack for a movie night or casual get-together!
4.9 from 8 votes
Servings 4
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 75 g (½ cup) popcorn kernels
  • 40 g (3 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 15 g (2 ½ tsp) white miso paste
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Set a medium saucepan over high heat and add 30ml (2 tablespoons) of neutral oil along with 2 popcorn kernels. Cover the pot and wait until both kernels have popped. Add the remaining kernels, cover, and shake the pot continuously until all have popped and you hear a 2-3 second gap between popping sounds. Transfer the popped popcorn to a large bowl. Set aside.
    Popped popcorn
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the miso paste and the garlic. Whisk until thoroughly combined and the miso is dissolved in the butter.
    Combined miso butter mixture
  • Pour the miso butter over the popped popcorn and stir until it is even distributed over the popcorn. Season generously with black pepper and serve.
    Pouring the miso butter over the popcorn



Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information is automatically generated and provided as guidance only. Accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This garlic miso popcorn is so easy to make and so incredibly tasty that it’s sure to become a new favourite salty snack!

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Maggie is the creator behind No Frills Kitchen. She is a world traveller, home cook and recipe developer who loves to experiment with new cuisines and techniques at every chance she gets. No stranger to improvising and making do with the equipment and ingredients she has available, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Read More

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