Popcorn-on-the-cob is a great crunchy snack that not only smells amazing when you pop it, but is perfect for customization. We like melted butter, kosher salt, and nutritional yeast on ours, but there are endless ways to doctor this snack!

I found popcorn-on-the-cob at our local online farmer’s market. You can buy them usually in bundles of ten or so, like this one here.

For us, one cob is the perfect portion for 4 people. I like that I can season the popcorn to our liking, and that we don’t have to use any oil to pop it.  

Better yet, the paper bag you use is biodegradable and there are no harsh chemicals exuded. It’s just all-natural popcorn-y goodness!

Try it, I’m sure you’ll be just as delighted as I am.

Popcorn on the cob with some kernels popped, some still on the cob.
4 from 1 vote


Make popcorn directly from dried corn that is still on the cob.
Prep Time0 minutes
Active Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn on the cob, microwave, popcorn, snack
Yield: 4 bowls
Cost: $1.80


  • microwave


  • 1 popcorn-on-the-cob
  • 2 tbsp melted butter salted or unsalted
  • 1/2 t Kosher salt any salt will do
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 brown paper lunch bag


  • Place 1 cob in a paper lunch bag.
    Thumb and forefinger putting unpopped corn-on-the-cob into brown paper bag.
  • Fold the bag over ½” 2 times.
    Brown paper bag laying on its side with the top folded over 1/2 inch 2 times.
  • Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. 
    Brown paper bag with unpopped popcorn inside in the microwave ready for popping.
  • Empty the popcorn from the bag into a large bowl. 
  • Place the cob (careful, it will be hot) with the unpopped kernels back into the bag, refold, and microwave for 1 minute more.
    Popcorn on the cob with some kernels popped, some still on the cob.
  • Melt 2 T. of butter in the microwave and pour over the popcorn. Add ½ t. of Kosher salt (use less if using table salt) and 1 T. of nutritional yeast. Mix and enjoy.
    Small white bowl of butter; small black bowl of salt; jar of Bragg's nutritional yeast; bowl of popcorn.


Boy's hand reaching into bowl of popcorn.
Time to chow down!
After the second time popping the popcorn in the microwave, there will still be a few unpopped kernels — don’t be tempted to try to pop the cob a third time as it will burn, making your kitchen smell terrible. Trust me on this!
Nutritional yeast is a throwback to my college days, but I like the umami punch it adds. Besides, it’s full of B-vitamins which makes it prefect for vegetarians.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever had popcorn this way. And if so, what toppings you like on it. I’m eager to know!

Happy popcorn popping!

5 thoughts on “Popcorn-on-the-Cob”

  1. I’ve never had popcorn this way, but looks fun, especially for kids. I like a lot of flavor on my popcorn, so I’ll spritz a bit of cooking spray on, sprinkle nutritional yeast, garlic powder, & seasoned salt, lightly mix up popcorn, then another spritz of cooking spray, & more sprinkles of nutritional yeast, Bragg’s Aminos or soy sauce, & curry powder

  2. Yes, my kids love it this way! I haven’t tried curry powder yet. Maybe next time. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. 4 stars
    You could reduce the baking time, but I think I would just probably skip this method of cooking, because it does take seventeen minutes.

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