Recipe: Homemade Stove-top Popcorn

We love popcorn! Who doesn’t, right?

Some are definitely better than others though, and we have taken to making it at home in a pan on the stove. It really couldn’t be easier, and we have found making a basic bowl of popcorn is faster our way and healthier than grabbing one of those bags of popcorn and throwing it in the microwave. Plus, it will work great while camping too!

Here is how we do it. All you need is:


+/- 2tbsp oil (I like safflower for this)
+/- 1tbsp butter
1/2 cup popping corn

Put the oil and butter in a pot with high sides (have a lid handy), and warm over medium-low heat until the butter is melted.

Pour in your half cup of popping corn (I realize the picture is using a 1/4 cup..I was making a smaller batch which is the beauty of this! You can vary the quantity!), give the whole thing a shake to coat the kernels. Put the lid on the pot, and wait. Just like in the microwave, as the popping slows, it will be finishing up, so I turn the heat off (and take it off the heat). Give it a minute for those last kernels to pop before removing the lid. When it is finished popping, season with salt to taste. All in, I think it might take 2 minutes total.


This basic recipe will run you about 30 it calories per serving. My favorite popping corn is from Bob’s Red Mill.

Sometimes we change out the flavor for something more sweet or I go with a little steak seasoning for something more savory. You can find lots of great ideas on this website!

Have fun and enjoy!

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