Stovetop Popcorn

Popcorn in a large bowl

Old-fashioned stove-top popcorn lightly buttered and salted.


  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • ½ cup yellow or white popcorn kernels
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter, melted (optional)
  • Kosher salt, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot to medium-high heat. Add popcorn kernels and place lid on top. Allow popcorn to pop until popping slows. Remove from heat. Once popcorn completely stops popping, remove the lid.
  2. Slowly melt about a quarter of the butter over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt; shake the pot so it coats the popcorn; do this again, about 4 or 5 different times so the popcorn is evenly coated with butter and salt.
  3. (Note: You can use any neutral oil for making popcorn – I like corn the best because it enhances the corn flavor of the popcorn. You can also skip the butter – Eat it plain or with salt, or spritz with olive oil and season to your liking!)


Flavoring Combinations:

  • Vanilla Chia: 1 tablespoon chai tea + ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Smoked & Spicy: 1 tablespoon smoked paprika + 1 tablespoon chili powder + Dash cayenne
  • Pumpkin Pie: 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Caprese: 1 ½ tablespoons tomato basil seasoning
  • Coconut Curry: 1 tablespoon curry powder + Dash cayenne + 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Garlic Parmesan: 1 tablespoon minced garlic + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • Ranch: 1 tablespoon grated parmesan + 2 tablespoons finely minced chives + 1 tablespoon finely minced parsley + 1 teaspoon minced garlic

How-To Make Special Combinations:

  1. Pop kernels in oil, per directions above.
  2. Mix butter with seasoning combo and pour and toss on popped popcorn.
  3. Season with salt and enjoy!


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