Smoked Cheez Microwave Popcorn (oil-free)

I seem to always have popcorn kernels in my cupboard, but I never make popcorn. I think it’s because I tend to burn the kernels in the pan and that puts me off making it, but I also find homemade popcorn to be bland and not as good as the pre-bought stuff; which says a lot.

Not one to be deterred easily, I came up with an easy, fool-proof way to make great popcorn every time – in the microwave. You don’t need oil or a pan, just a microwaveable bowl and  lid, and soon you will be enjoying a tasty bowl of this smoked cheezy popcorn in front of the T.V too.


  • 100g Popcorn Kernels
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1.5 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8th Tsp White Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt


Place popcorn kernels in a microwavable bowl, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes or until all the kernels have popped.

While you are waiting for the popcorn, add all of the spices and nutritional yeast to a freezer bag.

Add the popcorn to the bag, half a batch at a time, spray with the apple cider vinegar and shake the bag. Continue this method until you have added all the popcorn to the bag.

Make sure all the popcorn has been coated in the spices, pour into a bowl and enjoy.


Spraying the apple cider vinegar onto the popcorn will stop it from shrinking. However, if you don’t have a spray bottle to hand, then adding the vinegar to the popcorn a little at a time should be ok.

If you like your popcorn a little crisper, then you can bake it for 10 minutes on a low heat.

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