Once you pop popcorn on the stovetop, I promise you’ll never go back to microwave popcorn. Besides the fact that microwave popcorn (or anything microwaved for that matter) is bad news for your health, it just doesn’t taste as fresh and delicious as stove-popped popcorn.
So when you’re in the mood for a hot buttery treat, try this simple method for ensuring perfect buttered popcorn! (Just be sure to only use organic popcorn in order to avoid GMOs.)
Check out the pictures below for a step-by-step photo tutorial:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup organic popcorn kernels
- Sea salt to taste
- Add coconut oil to a large stockpot and place on stovetop at medium-high heat.
- Add three popcorn kernels and cover pot with a tight-fitting lid.
- Once the first kernel pops, reduce the heat to medium and carefully lift the lid at the back (away from your face). Add the remaining popcorn kernels and then the butter.
- Immediately cover and shake the stockpot carefully back and forth across the top of the stovetop to ensure the kernels are evenly coated with the butter-oil mixture.
- It will take about 2-3 minutes for the corn kernels to start popping. Once they start popping like crazy, turn the heat down to medium and carefully shake the stockpot periodically during the popping process to ensure an even pop and avoid scorching the popped corn.
- Once the popping slows down to a few pops every few seconds, turn off the heat and allow the pot to sit a moment to ensure the popping has stopped.
- Carefully open the lid at the back (away from your face) and sprinkle with sea salt. Cover and shake pot back and forth. Then remove the lid, add more sea salt to taste and transfer popcorn to a large bowl. Mmm! The perfect treat while enjoying a family movie night!
Special thanks to Christy at One Fun Mom for the brilliant idea of adding butter during the cook time instead of pouring melted butter over the top of the popped corn afterward - soggy popcorn is no fun! This is a much yummer idea! She even provides a video that shows you how to do it! So be sure to "pop" over and check it out! 🙂
Sherry England says
Any suggestions for cooking on a glass cooktop stove?
Hi, Sherry. I responded via FB as well. I would check with your manufacturer, as I believe shaking on the glass cook top can cause scratching. 🙂
Gwen B. says
This may be divine providence because I recently read about how toxic the microwave popcorn on the market shelves is (more pesticides than any other crop and oh, the trans fats!) and honestly couldn’t remember how exactly popcorn was popped stovetop when i was a small child. You posted this and we got popping corn from a local homesteaders farm to try your method. My children might ask to adopt you! The flavor is just wonderful. The coconut flavor is balanced so nicely with the butter. Thank you for gifting us again.
Gwen, you are such a blessing, do you know that? Thank you for being such an encourager! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe and are enjoying this site! May God bless you for your continual kindness! 🙂
I never checked out your popcorn recipe because I was pretty satisfied with our stovetop popcorn with just coconut oil. Man was I missing out!! I’m all about less dishes, so the whole melt butter and pour over was not happening. This is absolutely “PERFECT”! I usually still sprinkle with a little nutritional yeast also, but yum yum. I <3 butter! Thanks again for figuring out the best way and filling us all in!
PS: I feel like I leave lots of feedback, but I just know how much I appreciate reading feedback from people who have ACTUALLY made the recipe. I could really care less if people think a recipe looks good! I want reviews from people who have made it! Know what I'm saying!? 😀
I couldn’t agree more with you and I absolutely LOVE to get feedback from others who have made my recipes. So glad you like the variation on popcorn and appreciate you taking the time to leave a note! Lots of blessings, Kelly 🙂
Yum. Yum. Eating it now. Delicious. It’s such a blessing that my little food allergy kids can eat this yummy snack right along with everyone else for Family Movie Night. Thank you!
Awesome, Candi! So happy to hear that you’re able to enjoy a healthy treat together! Appreciate your kind words! 🙂 Blessings, Kelly
Kelly, I have just discovered your blog and am so thankful for it! I’ve been drowning in meal planning problems and your worksheet and tips have made it so much easier! I’m also trying to begin making more healthy, real food for my family. Your blog inspired me to pick up several natural products that you write about. I’m taking baby steps, so this popcorn was first on the list. We love popcorn with movies in our family, but normally eat the bagged kind….this is SOOOOO much better!! I was amazed and so was my husband! Fun to make, too :). Can’t wait to try other recipes from your blog. Thank you!
Hi, Katy! Apologies for the delay in responding. We were on a fun camping trip. I am so happy to hear you’re finding this site helpful and enjoying the recipes. Appreciate you taking the time to leave a kind note. Many blessings, Kelly 🙂
Hey! We make popcorn by putting the kernels into a brown paper bag and in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Then dump it into bowl and pour the melted butter and salt on top. We love it this way, because no dirty pot, nor need to stand over the stove for 10 minutes. My question is, have you tried that? Or, do you avoid the microwave at all costs? If so, why?
Thanks so much for all you do – as a busy young mama, I appreciate the “small” steps you provide and encouragement!
Hi, Natalie. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad you’re finding this site helpful. And I do not use a microwave because there is so much controversy over whether or not it really does cause significant nutritional changes to foods. It’s definitely a personal decision. I recommend doing some research and coming to your own conclusions. And it’s all about balance too, so perhaps occasional use would be a good balance for some, rather than tossing the micro. Again, it’s a personal choice and a controversial one at that. 🙂 Thanks again for your kind words! Blessings, Kelly
If they made popcorn like this at the cinema, I’d go more often! So good! Yum!
Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note. So glad you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂 Blessings, Kelly
Yum Yum Yum !!! New Year’s Eve popcorn and movies, and it’s healthy too !! Your method was quick , easy and successful.
So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Thanks for the kind note! Happy New Year!
I made this popcorn last night, and you’re right! Better than air popped, better than microwaved. I can’t wait to make it again. My kids gobbled it up too. I made it on my glass cook top in a stainless steel pot, and I didn’t have any scratching issues on my cook top (I think a saw a comment about that above). Delicious! Thanks!
Hi, Elizabeth. So glad you enjoyed this recipe! Apologies for the long delay in thanking for taking the time to leave a kind note! I do appreciate you! With blessings, Kelly 🙂