This has got to be one of the most basic recipes for a snack ever. Once you learn how to make PLAIN stovetop popcorn, I promise you, you’ll be hankering to create all kinds of flavor combinations like cinnamon coconut, bacon chive, or classic butter! The list goes on and it’s cheap cheap cheap.
There are many methods for how to make stovetop popcorn but I’m just sharing what I’ve found to be tried and true in our home. It basically goes like this: dump it all in, wait, and you’re done. But let’s break it down, shall we?
How to make Stovetop Popcorn
First, you’ll want to use a large (at least 4 quart) sauce pan. Put it on the burner and turn the heat up to medium high. Dump in enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer. In my case, I’m using ½ cup popcorn kernels. Then I’m pouring enough vegetable oil (about ¼ cup) into the pan to barely cover the kernels.
Now, we wait. Stir the kernels around a bit so they’re getting heat evenly. You’ll hear the first pop and that’s when you put the lid on. A storm of popping will develop and you’ll shake the pot over the burner to prevent un-popped kernels from getting caught up off the bottom where the heat is. When the popping frenzy subsides (more than a couple seconds between pops).
Immediately dump all stovetop popcorn into an extra large bowl or several small to medium bowls. It will be quite hot at first but it cools quickly. Toss a teaspoon of salt into the mix or a tablespoon or 2 of melted butter to drizzle over the top. For the kids we just keep it plain since they couldn’t care less. But don’t let that stop you from trying out new flavor combos!
Stuff you face now or store in an airtight container for later. We love pre-stuffing sandwich size plastic bags for the lunch box – this one is pretty awesome. Super easy homemade snack, right?
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- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Add popcorn kernels to a large pot along with the vegetable oil. Heat on medium high and stir occasionally to keep heat even.
- Wait for the first pop and cover. Shake the pot over the burner slightly so the kernels stay on the bottom instead of rising up with the popped popcorn.
- When popping slows down to more than a couple seconds in between pops remove from heat and immediately pour into an extra large bowl. Serve stovetop popcorn plain or add salt and butter to your liking! Store in an airtight container on the counter. Or in sandwich bags for the lunch box!