Stove Top Popcorn

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Stove Top Popcorn

Stove Top Popcorn Snack

Popcorn is one of my top snacks.  In college it was a necessity to have a box of microwaveable popcorn on hand – and would very often be dinner!  As I got older, this seemed less acceptable, but who am I to judge! 😉 I love this recipe because it is just about as quick as waiting the few minutes for that popcorn in the microwave.  The greatest thing about stove top popcorn is that it is SO much healthier for you than those microwaveable bags.

The Ingredients

For simple salted popcorn you only need three ingredients.

Popcorn Ingredients

A good quality corn kernel is best to ensure all of the kernels pop.  You’ll need an oil as well – I have to say my favorite is Coconut Oil as it’s harder to burn than olive oil.  Last, is salt, and here I can’t stress enough that popcorn salt is certainly important as it tends to stick to the popcorn much better than a more traditional table salt.  Trust me, I’ve tried it.

The Popping

Get a pan that is manageable for you to lift and shake with a well fitting lid.  Another key is to not load up your pot with kernels.  The best ratio is 1/2 tablespoon of oil to 1/3c of kernels.  If you choose to up this, I actually increasing the oil to kernel ratio, but you also never want much more kernels that what will cover the bottom of the pan.  You’ll heat your pot on the stove with your oil for about a minute or two – until you see it start to shimmer.  Then, add your kernels, cover and shake so the oil has a chance to touch and somewhat coat the kernels.  This will help to ensure you don’t have any burnt or unpopped popcorn!

Kernel Popping

Set the pot back on the stove for another 20-30 second until you begin to hear popping.  Now you’ll want to periodically lift and shake your pot to help shift the unpopped kernels to the bottom.  Continue to keep your pot somewhat over the heat source while you shake.  Within 2-3 minutes of this you should have perfectly popped popcorn!

Finishing Touch

Once you’re done popping, pull the pot off your heat source.  Shake your salt over your popcorn, recover the pot and shake once again to distribute the salt.  Serve and enjoy or let cool and package in plastic bags for serving later.  I hope your family loves this as much as we do!

Stove Top Popcorn
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

A quick, easy, and healthy snack!

Course: Snack
Keyword: Popcorn
Servings: 4 people
  • 1/2 tbsp Oil, Coconut preferred
  • 1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 1 tsp Popcorn Salt
  1. Heat oil in a medium pot with well fitting lid on medium heat.  After heating oil for 1-2 minutes add kernels.

  2. Place lid on pot and shake pot to coat kernels with oil.  Leave on heat until you begin to notice popping (about 20-30 seconds).

  3. Pick up and shake periodically (every 15-20 seconds) to ensure kernels shift to the bottom of the pot and popped corn doesn't burn.

  4. Once popping is complete, distribute salt over popcorn, replace lid and shake once more.

  5. Serve immediately or let cool then place in plastic bags for future use.

Recipe Notes

Do NOT place warm popcorn into bags.  You'll end up with soggy, sad popcorn.  For a quick cool place on a baking sheet and into the refrigerator for 3-5 minutes.

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