Learn how to make stovetop popcorn with just a few ingredients. It’s a frugal way to make a delicious snack for your at home movie nights within minutes!
Popcorn itself is a great high fiber snack. And it’s also a cheap snack. The problem with popcorn comes from the extra ingredients added and in the case of microwave popcorn the bag itself.
A lot of bagged popcorn has perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the same ingredient found on many non-stick pans. It has been linked to liver, pancreatic, and liver cancer in animals. The chemicals may also be linked to infertility in women.
Microwave popcorn also often contains things like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial favor, and artificial color. All of these things can be fine in moderation but if you prefer to avoid them making your own stovetop popcorn is an easy way to do that.
Popcorn kernels are also very cheap so making your own is extremely frugal. Sure bagged popcorn is still a pretty affordable snack but making stovetop popcorn will save you even more money.
How to Make Stovetop Popcorn
Making popcorn on the stove is so simple! It’s only a few steps and a few simple ingredients. Follow these simple directions or scroll down for the written recipe.
Heat oil on medium high heat. You want an oil with a fairly high smoke point. I like refined coconut oil or grapeseed oil. You only need about 3 tablespoons so use what you have on hand if you have something.
While the oil is heating up place three popcorn kernels in the pot. Once the three kernels have popped you know the oil is ready. At this point you can add the rest of your kernels.
I like to shake the pot every once in a while and open the lid slightly to release some of the steam. You will know when it’s ready when the popping has slowed to a couple of seconds between pops.
It will keep popping for a bit so be careful when you open the lid. I usually end up with a few stray pieces of popcorn going flying.
Now is the fun part! Add what every you’d like to your popcorn. You can go classic with butter and salt or maybe make some garlic parmesan popcorn or a sweet treat with some white chocolate peppermint popcorn.
Must-Have Popcorn Supplies
These are some of the items I like to have on hand for making stovetop popcorn. I also like to order popcorn kernels and oil from Thrive Market. It’s a great alternative to Amazon.
- 1/3rd cup popcorn kernels
- 3 tablespoons oil
- Heat oil on medium high heat. After the oil has melted, place three kernels in the pot. When all three pop the oil is ready.
- Add the rest of the kernels.
- Shake often and slightly open the lid every once in awhile to release the steam.
- Once popping has slowed to a couple of seconds between pops, remove from heat.
- At this point add salt and anything else you want on your popcorn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.