Have you ever wondered how to make popcorn on the stove? My perfect stovetop popcorn recipe works every single time to make perfect, buttery popcorns, leaving no uncooked or burnt kernels.
How I Discovered this Recipe? //
Do you remember popping corn on the stove? I have tried a million times to make it on the stove, the old-fashioned way, and I always end up burning it (which is the worst smell ever) or getting gun shy and stopping before all of the kernels have popped. I resorted to the microwave variety when the craving struck. It never scratched the itch, and I stopped eating popcorn all together. But sometimes you want homemade popcorn from the stove.
I was watching Southern at Heart on the Food Network and Damaris made popcorn using a method that I have never seen before. She swore by it, and now so do I. Not only did I not burn the popcorn, all of the kernels popped, and I finally got a bowl of warm, buttery, chemical free perfect stovetop popcorn.
Why are Stovetop Popcorns Better than Microwave Ones? //
- Stovetop popcorns are guaranteed without chemicals: you know what ingredients are included in stovetop popcorns while you never exactly know what chemicals are included in the microwave ones
- Stovetop popcorns are lower in calories: microwave popcorn tend to have more calories as they often use more oil
- They are cheaper: microwave popcorn are significantly more expensive than stovetop ones (up to 4 times as much!)
- They help reduce food waste: packaging of microwave popcorn is usually quite bulky
Funny story about microwaves, when we lived in Kansas, it took me two weeks to realize that we did not have a microwave. As you can imagine, if it took me two weeks, I don’t use the microwave very often. Occasionally to melt butter, chocolate, or pop popcorn. I do have a microwave now, and truthfully the only thing that I really use it for is the timer.
What Pan do I Use? //
Any heavy bottom large pot will do but my favorite is my old Dutch oven. A clear top is nice if you want to see the kernels pop.
What is the Best Oil to Use? //
I like using healthy and light tasting oils like coconut oil or canola oil.
Perfect Stovetop Popcorn Ingredients //
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or canola)
- 2/3 cup popcorn kernels
- 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons flaked sea salt
Cooking Steps //
Add the coconut oil and 3 popcorn kernels to a large pot (I use my Dutch oven).
Cover and cook over medium-high heat until all 3 kernels pop.
Take the three kernels out of the pot.
Add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
Cover and take the pot off of the heat.
Wait 30 seconds (as discussed, I only use my microwave for its timer)
Put the pot back on the heat. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally until the popping slows down.
After about 2 minutes, and the popping has slowed down, take the lid off of the pot. This lets the steam out and keeps the popcorn crisp.
While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter and add the honey.
Pour over the popcorn and sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Toss until completely coated. You could also do this in a large paper bag.
How to flavor your perfect stovetop popcorn? //
I made a quick honey butter to pour over the popcorn because I love sweet with my salty. I used Maldon sea salt and love that some of the bites have big flakes of salt. So. Good. We now have a new movie night tradition.
See below some other topping suggestions:
- Salt and pepper
- Nutritional yeast (sounds weird, but it is incredible on popcorn!)
- Dill pickle seasoning
- Ranch dressing powder
- Cheddar cheese (This is my daughter’s favorite.)
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Taco seasoning
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