Stovetop Popcorn


This is a super easy method for popping popcorn on the stove if you want to save money by buying kernels in bulk but you don’t want to invest in a popcorn maker. This recipe is for a single serving but you can easily increase the amount.


  • 2 tbsp popcorn kernels NOTE: You can easily scale this recipe to make large amounts of popcorn at once. Just keep in mind that 2 tbsp of popcorn yields about 2 cups popped. Example: if you want 8 cups of popcorn use 1/2 cup of kernels and about 2 tbsp butter/oil to keep the popcorn from sticking.
  • 1 tsp butter or olive oil(for a dairy-free and slightly healthier popcorn)
  • Optional: Salt and/or seasonings of your choice


  1. In pot(that has at least a 4 cup capacity) melt the butter over medium-high heat. NOTE: If you are using more kernels use a larger pot so it doesn’t overflow. A good rule of thumb is use a pot with a capacity of at least 2 cups more than the amount of popped popcorn you expect to make.
  2. Pour in the popcorn kernels and cover the pot.
  3. When the kernels start popping shake the pan keeping contact with the burner to move kernels around and prevent burning while still cooking. If you use a pot with a heavy bottom(like a soup pot) you will not have to shake as often but with a regular pot you will want to shake it often.
  4. When popping slows, remove from stove top and season with salt and/or other seasonings or serve plain. For a sweet treat you can make maple walnut popcorn(recipe here).

Servings: 1 Serving Size: 2 cups popped


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