Homemade Stovetop Popcorn (NO Microwave Needed!)

We all enjoy a good movie night or binge watch our current favorite TV show from time to time. The best movie snack (in my opinion) is a hot/big/fresh bowl of popcorn, and homemade is thee way to go šŸ™‚

I grew up with microwave popcorn. No shame if it is all you have ever had at home too. It is quite tasty, but the ingredients list is also quite long of ‘food’ ingredients I could only attempt to pronounce.

I suspect for most of you, the only thing you need to buy is some loose popcorn kernels. Most stores sell this right next to the microwave options or in the bulk bin section (if you store has one available). I purchased the specific bag of strawberry popcorn I used in this video at a HUGE farmers market in Detroit while visiting friends last summer.

Buy the kernels however you can. I promise learning how to make a tasty bowl of hot fresh popcorn without your microwave will be worth it!

Homemade Stovetop Popcorn

  • Large Kettle with Lid
  • Popcorn Kernels
    • 1/2 cup uncooked makes about one big bowl
  • Cooking Oil (Canola or Vegetable both work well)
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Olive Oil or Melted Butter for seasoning
  1. Add just enough Cooking Oil to almost cover the bottom of your stock pot and turn the heat on to medium/medium high
  2. Add three-ish popcorn kernels to the covered pot and wait for them to pop
  3. Add desired amount of popcorn kernels to covered pot CAREFULLY (you are poring into hot oil afterall)
  4. Swirl covered pot to coat all kernels with cooking oil, hand mitts will help (again–heat)
  5. Keep lid on pot but slightly ajar to allow steam from popping corn to vent out of the pot
  6. Cut heat once popcorn stops popping
  7. Layer hot popcorn in serving bowl with olive oil/melted butter and salt. Feel free to talk to your popcorn absentmindedly as you do šŸ™‚
  8. ENJOY!!!

Please let me know what you think and comment below with your favorite popcorn/movie paring! I am always looking for a great movie or series recommendations!

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