Friday, July 20, 2012

Buffalo Parmesan Popcorn

So, we don’t really need to talk about how much I love snacks.  You know, I know, there’s no denying it.

My snack choice of late has been popcorn.  Popped on the stove top, butter melted on, lots of salt sprinkled.   A couple weeks ago I might have turned popcorn into dinner and when I shared that fact, I learned that a lot of you eat popcorn for dinner.

So that makes this a normal thing, right?  I think so.  At least we are going to pretend so.  Popcorn makes a completely suitable dinner when your husband works late.  It makes a completely suitable dinner when it’s 125 degrees outside and you don’t feel like lighting the flame on the stove.  Popcorn is dinner when it’s the end of the week and a grocery run is desperately needed.

But I think I’ve maybe reached a new level of snacking.  Yes, on a heck of a day, popcorn smothered in buttery, spicy buffalo sauce and Parmesan cheese is more than a suitable dinner.  Especially when served with a side of carrot sticks and pinot grigio.  Who needs a 4-course meal?

Not me, friends, not me.

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Buffalo Parmesan Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 4 cups

Total Time: 10 minutes

Popcorn smothered in spicy buffalo sauce and parmesan cheese. The world has no better snack than this.


4 cups popped popcorn
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese


In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. When the butter starts to melt, add the Frank’s and Cajun seasoning. Stir to combine and remove from heat.

Slowly pour the mixture over the popped popcorn and toss to combine until fully distributed. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and toss to coat.

Cassie’s Notes:
I pop my popcorn on the stove because: a) we don’t have a microwave and b) we don’t have an airpopper. So stove popping is really my only choice, which is A-OK with me because I love it that way.

Here’s how to do it:
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. (I use grapeseed, you can use canola, vegetable, etc. just not olive oil, it will be likely to burn)

Add a few popcorn kernels and let it heat up. When one kernel pops, add 1/3 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels and cover the pan. Shake the pan a little to spread the kernels in an even layer. Let the kernels pop for several minutes until the pan is full and the popping slows down. Remove from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl.

If you like ranch dressing, try adding a dash of dry ranch mix to the buffalo sauce; if you are a fan of blue cheese, toss some crumbles into the popped corn!


100 Responses to “Buffalo Parmesan Popcorn”

  1. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — July 20, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    popcorn rocks my world! I cannot wait to have it for breakfast tomorrow whilst watching the new batman!

  2. #
    tina @ mylifeasamrs — July 20, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    YUMM!!!! Popcorn is totally healthy – high in fiber 😉 Umm and i could totally get down with some buffalo flavoring!

  3. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — July 20, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    Love, love, love! I am making this tonight! Have I mentioned I love this? 😉

  4. #
    Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker — July 20, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    YAY! It’s finally here!! I have been wondering about this ever since I saw it on Instagram – you tease! 🙂 I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. #
    Kathryn — July 20, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    I used to hate popcorn when I was younger, it’s only recently that I’ve come to appreciate it and the fact that you can jazz it up with all sorts of amazing flavours. This looks so good Cassie!

  6. #
    Aggie — July 20, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    You are killing me. I am a popcorn addict & look forward to nights that I can have it for dinner!! This my friend, needs to be one of those dinners. Love that shot of the kernels! 🙂

  7. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 20, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Oh my goodness. This redefines irresistible. I want some!!!

  8. #
    Anna — July 20, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    This looks amazing! Popcorn = corn = veggie = totally healthy, any time of day 🙂

  9. #
    kitchenarian — July 20, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    I love popcorn and I love Frank’s, so this is a double winner for me!

  10. #
    DessertForTwo — July 20, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    I’m a total popcorn addict! Love that shot of the kernals 🙂

  11. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 20, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Awesome!! This looks like a super tasty snack!

  12. #
    Mei-I @ gastronomic nomad — July 20, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Oh yes! Popcorn for dinner!!! I have done that many a times. This combines my love for popcorn and buffalo wings. Ymm ymm ymmmm.

  13. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — July 20, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Oh my goodness, I love you for making this!! I think I would be come totally addicted to it. <3 buffalo anything.

  14. #
    Deborah — July 20, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    You would not believe how much popcorn we go through in our house. And I of course love buffalo – I need this!!

  15. #
    Laurie@The Baking Bookworm — July 20, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Ohhh Cassie! You had me at Buffalo. I’ve had quite the crush on Buffalo sauce lately. I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks!

  16. #
    Angie — July 20, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    This looks amazing!

  17. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 20, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Don’t ya just love Franks??? What a fabulous snack idea!

  18. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 20, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    I love popcorn and I love buffalo sauce. Great recipe and I can’t wait to try it out next movie night.

  19. #
    Shaina — July 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    This sounds so good. We love popcorn as a snack, and I adore the flavor combo.

  20. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 20, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I never get tired of popcorn, sometimes I pop it in bacon grease and it is wonderful! My boys would love your Buffalo spices!

  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 20, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    What a great idea, somehow I know this popcorn would disappear in a flash!

  22. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 20, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I love getting creative with popcorn! And my husband would LOVE this because of the Franks! I could so see why you’d eat this popcorn for dinner 🙂

  23. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — July 20, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    My kids absolutely go bonkers for popcorn and we’ve been trying a lot of flavors lately! Adding this one to the que ; ) xoo

  24. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 20, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    This is a perfectly acceptable dinner! Love it!!

  25. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 20, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    SHUT.the.FRONT.door. This is soooo awesome! I seriously can’t wait to make this fun snack!

  26. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 20, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Freaking. Awesome.

  27. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 20, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    My bf and I always stock up on snacks when we hit the road to go somewhere and now all I can think about is how the next trip we go on we need to make a massive batch of this popcorn! I love buffalo flavor and can easily see this popcorn being a handy munchie for the road (or any day…any time…)! Have a great weekend!

  28. #
    Shari-Tickled Red — July 20, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    My guys are going to love this on movie night!!

  29. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 20, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    I love popcorn and this looks like a fabulous spicy blend!

  30. #
    JulieD — July 20, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    This is pretty much genius…I love anything buffalo sauce & I’m obsessed with Frank’s red hot sauce. Looks so darn good!

  31. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 20, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    This sounds fabulous! What a yummy snack!

  32. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 20, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I love popcorn and this looks incredible!

  33. #
    Kate — July 20, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I can tell just by the photo that this is going to taste amazing. What a fantastic idea! Love it, Cassie. Hope you have a great weekend!


  34. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 20, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Oh my gosh! When I was a kid we always put Franks Hot Sauce on popcorn and potato chips, oh it’s so good! I am loving your adult style popcorn, totally trying this!!! Have a great weekend!!

  35. #
    angela@spinachtiger — July 20, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Very cool (or should I say Hot) idea. Just returned from a vacation and the Taste of Buffalo, and got in the mood for a snack like this.

  36. #
    Sarah — July 20, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    I love popcorn with parm. And I LOVE hot sauce. MY family does not. Which is what makes this recipe so totally brilliant.

  37. #
    Liz — July 20, 2012 @ 7:22 pm I want a HUGE bowl! Popcorn is one of my favorite treats, but eating salt makes me puffy 🙁 I need to treat myself and make a batch anyway…this looks incredible!!!

  38. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 20, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    oh my god, this is so brilliant and amazing! i probably would not be able to stop snacking if i had a combination like this!

  39. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — July 20, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    I’ve been making a lot of homemade popcorn lately too! and burning the crap out of more than one pan. My husband is not excited about my new snack fascination. Maybe a buffalo version will change his mind 🙂

  40. #
    Jill — July 20, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    I love your thinking! This does sound like the perfect summer dinner, especially on a hot day!

  41. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 20, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    Yes, my Hubby would totally go for this “dinner”. Loves hot sauce! Thanks, Cassie!

  42. #
    Joanne — July 21, 2012 @ 4:36 am

    Popcorn is a whole grain right? That’s definitely a good part of the food pyramid. 😛

    That buffalo sauce topping sounds to die for!

  43. #
    Ramona — July 21, 2012 @ 5:12 am

    My daughter and I love Franks hot sauce. You don’t own a microwave? Totally impressed by that fact…. I would die without mine because I’m always re-heating my kids stuff. I have never made popcorn on the stove… well once… it didn’t turn out well. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Shall try it again soon.

  44. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — July 21, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    I’m a total snacker. This looks fantastic! I’ve been on a Sriracha kick recently, though, so I might swap the sauce. But I do love Franks.

  45. #
    Baking Serendipity — July 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Ultimate popcorn for dinner…or snacks or breakfast or lunch recipe. This is amazing, Cassie!

  46. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 21, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Freaking love this! Jason and I have planet of the apes and inception to watch tonight so you know I’ll be munching on this throughout the entire movie!

  47. #
    luv what you do — July 21, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Popcorn is one of my favorite foods EVER! I have tried lots of different toppings but nothing like this. Yummy!

  48. #
    Jennifer Eloff — July 21, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    That is so unusual.

  49. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 21, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    Ahh! Love it! We love making popcorn and with my husband’s obsession for all things buffalo, I need to try this on our next batch!

  50. #
    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — July 21, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    Ok, so yes, I love popcorn too. I have just recently come to know the goodness of homemade popcorn. YUM! That photo of the popcorn kernels… Oh my, soooo cool!

  51. #
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman — July 22, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Hi Cassie, I found you through Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic. Nice to meet you.

    Interesting way to prepare popcorn as I’ve never done it on the stovetop. My folks had an air popper when I was a kid that I learned to use, but lately it’s all been the nuclear oven variety. I’ve bookmarked this.

  52. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — July 22, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    You know I share your love of anything with buffalo sauce and I also love eating popcorn for dinner once in awhile when I am alone! I love the photo you took looking into the popcorn bottle!

  53. #
    katie — July 22, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    this sounds magnificent! ahhh now I’m craving popcorn!

  54. #
    Tracey — July 23, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    This is SUCH an awesome idea! I love making popcorn but would never have thought of this variation. I am so excited to try it…maybe for lunch today?? 🙂

  55. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — July 23, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I could totally get on board with this.

  56. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 23, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I can totally see myself making this Cassie. I saw this picture on instagram and immediately got excited to see the post in its entirety. SOmetimes, popcorn is what I have for dinner! 🙂 And I love that shot looking into the kernel bottle. So cool!

  57. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 23, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Ooh this is a fun twist on such an easy snack!

  58. #
    Ashley - baker by nature — July 23, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I want to dive head first into that bowl!

  59. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 23, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Yep. Dinner is served.

  60. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 23, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    MMmm, love this idea!

  61. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 24, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    Oh wow, this is a great great great recipe, and I’m going to surprise my husband with this popcorn this weekend on our movie night! =D I hope I can keep it secret as I’m quite excited about this popcorn flavor…. ^_^

  62. #
    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — July 24, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Love this! I’ve been into my air popper lately and love anything and everything buffalo!

  63. #
    Chrissy — July 24, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Popcorn for dinner…it just happens. Before you know it, you ate the whole bowl and then you aren’t hungry for anything else!

    I love dipping my popcorn in hot sauce or mustard some times 🙂 Parmesan and herb popcorn is also a favorite, but I’ve never tried buffalo sauce! Grand idear, Cassie.

  64. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 25, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Oh wow. This is creative! I have never had flavored popcorn, except for this caramel stuff that they used to make. The kind that comes in the bag that you pop in the microwave (I’m sure there’s a name for that but yeah, I know nothing about popcorn!) It was so good that I randomly think about it sometimes. Now I have popcorn on the mind… yum.

  65. #
    val — July 26, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    This popcorn looks and sounds like the most tasty treat, ever.

  66. #
    Kim Bee — July 26, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    There is nothing like good popcorn. It makes me happy to have it all the time. This is cool with the spice. Loving it.

  67. #
    Cassi — August 17, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    Does this have to be eaten immediately after being made? Would it hold well if I made a batch and stored it in a air tight container for work? If so how long do you think it would last?

    • Cassie replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      Hi Cassi, I’m not sure how long it would last but I would guess no more than a day after it’s made. Usually popcorn gets stale pretty quickly. I hope you enjoy it!

  68. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — November 20, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    think I could skip the cajun seasoning? (I don’t have any) Would you omit completely or replace with something else?

  69. #
    Jill — December 3, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Great idea! I’m hosting a cocktail party and love the idea of grown up popcorn. I need to prep as much as I can before. Have you ever tried to make it and contain it for a couple of hours? Have you ever tried the dry buffalo seasoning?? Thanks for the great idea!!

    • Cassie replied: — December 3rd, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

      Hi Jill, I have never tried to make it ahead of time, so I’m not sure how it would hold up. However, if you used dry buffalo seasoning I would guess that would work much better for preparing ahead of time. Enjoy!

  70. #
    Laura — January 27, 2015 @ 5:07 pm

    I found this recipe through “37 super bowl snacks better than buffalo wings.” It sounds tasty, but it also sounds like quite a bit of liquid/messiness. Is the popcorn a similar texture to popcorn prepared the usual way?

    • Cassie replied: — January 28th, 2015 @ 7:36 am

      Laura, there is more liquid than if you were just using butter on the popcorn, but it isn’t a mess for me. Just add the liquid slowly and stop when you feel like it’s covered enough, without getting too much on it. Also, you could make more popcorn if you feel like there is too much liquid, but the final product might not be as flavorful.

  71. #
    Paty — January 29, 2015 @ 1:28 am

    I’ve tried another buffalo popcorn recipe using butter and buffalo sauce as well but I did not like it. The popcorn got all wet even using the smallest amount. How can I avoid that mess?

    • Cassie replied: — January 29th, 2015 @ 7:09 am

      Hi Patty, I can tell you that this does popcorn doesn’t turn into a wet/saucy mess for me. I use real butter, usually a name brand, which helps because they usually have a lower water content. Don’t use margarine or it will be very watery. Also, you can let the sauce cook a little longer to thicken and reduce and that will help also. Otherwise, you could try to find a powdered buffalo flavoring and just use that, along with regular butter and salt (and Parmesan cheese if you wanted.) I know Kernel Season’s makes a buffalo flavoring that is powdered. Enjoy!

  72. #
    Emmy — March 25, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

    you should totally try popping the popcorn in coconut oil. It sounds strange, but trust me it is AMAZING!


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