Homemade Stovetop Popcorn

Mmm. The perfect snack. Leave the yucky microwaved stuff behind. With coconut oil, this is the BEST! New movie night tradition.

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Making your own stovetop popcorn is easy. Not only, that it’s super tasty and this recipe is the bomb. My kids (and husband) love movie nights that involve a giant bowl of this stuff.. CCoconut oil is the secret ingredient, skip the canola or vegetable oil and go straight to the good stuff. I buy my   coconut oil in 54 ounce tubs, but if you will only be using it for popcorn it’s still worth buying a small container! (Check out Amazon and Vitacost for a good selection. If you sign up using my Vitacost referral link, you’ll get $10 off.)

You might wonder, why not just pull out the microwave stuff. It’s a staple in so many homes. Easy and good movie night snack, right? Hold that thought. The synthetic butter flavoring is diacytel and may cause lung problems and most of the bags are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, a carcinogen.

Don’t worry! There’s another option. Homemade is the way to go.

If you are looking to simplify homemade popcorn even more, check out a   Whirley-Pop Popper. This is the gadget we normally use, and it’s even easier. Today, though, I put my kernels in a good old pot and shook it around the old fashioned way to show you it can be done. 🙂 The bonus of using a heavy bottomed pot is that you get a little extra arm workout.

I’d say, if popcorn is something you just make once a month or a couple times a year, go with the pot method. If you make it weekly (or more – I’m telling you, it’s that good and easy. I love a snack I can give my kids in minutes.), investing in a  Whirley-Pop Popper is something you might want to do – and it’s not even that expensive.

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Homemade Stovetop Popcorn
Serves: 9 cups
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter
  • sea salt to taste
  1. Put 2 tablespoons in the bottom of a pot with a lid and add 3 popcorn kernels. Put the lid on and turn heat to medium (if you are using a thick bottom pot, turn it up a touch more.)
  2. Let pan sit on stove until the 3 kernels pop. Remove lid and add ½ cup of kernels. Replace lid. In the beginning shake pan every 20 or so seconds. As the corn begins popping, shake every 10 seconds.
  3. When the popping has stopped, pour popcorn into a bowl.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. drizzle half of if over the popcorn and sprinkle with a little salt. Toss. Drizzle with the remaining butter. Toss. Add more butter and salt to taste.

Mmm. The perfect snack. Leave the yucky microwaved stuff behind. With coconut oil, this is the BEST! New movie night tradition.

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14 thoughts on “Homemade Stovetop Popcorn

  1. Stephanie

    My family loves popcorn too! We don’t have a popper so we always use the stovetop. One of our babysitters taught me if you sprinkle a little sugar in with the kernels you can get that kettle corn taste!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Yes! Love making kettle corn too. Our recipes for that is coming soon too. It’s probably a good think my husband prefers the original stuff, otherwise I’d be making the sugar version all too often. 🙂

  2. Janell

    I am stopping by from the Frugal Friday Link Up. Popcorn is a nostalgic treat. Reminds me of the innocent days of movie nights at home. It sucks getting old. 🙂

  3. Kim

    For years I was known as the popcorn queen because I ate it constantly, and only after being diagnosed with severe anemia did I learn that popcorn is rich in iron and it makes sense to crave it if you’re anemic. Anyway, that being said, I kinda have to chuckle at the idea that there’s a “recipe” to make popcorn! 🙂 But I’ll add that I personally do not care for popcorn made with coconut oil as it gives it an unwanted sweet flavor. Stick with regular vegetable oil for regular ol’ salty crunch. 🙂

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Interesting! I didn’t know that about craving it if anemic. We love the coconut oil, makes it taste a bit like movie theater popcorn. There’s also expeller pressed coconut oil which is flavorless. Lol, it is kind-of funny for me too because I just dump stuff in the pop and make it. 🙂 I guess if you are used to putting a bag in the microwave the stove might be a bit scarier.

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