Homemade Popcorn Recipe

homemade popcorn recipe

A few years ago my sister turned me on to making my own popcorn on the stove vs. the microwave.  It’s unbelievably cheaper for one thing.  For another, it’s safe and healthy, unlike microwave popcorn which is linked to cancer-causing substances.  Most importantly to me, it tastes just like or even better than movie theater popcorn!

There are a few secrets to perfect popcorn I’ve learned.

Want to know what ingredient gives popcorn that movie theater taste??

homemade popcorn recipe

Use coconut oil!  This is crucial and what gives it the movie theater taste.  An added bonus is that coconut oil is incredibly good for you and the safest oil to cook with.  I usually buy something like Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil — 54 fl oz in bulk or you can get a smaller amount like NUTIVA Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 15 oz.

use coconut oil to make popcorn

Another tip to making awesome homemade popcorn is to buy a nicer grade of popcorn.  I’ve tried the cheap stuff and the more expensive varieties.  I can definitely tell a difference.  I’ve even found a local, organic, non-GMO variety at my local health food store.

Lastly, use a large heavy-bottomed pot to make your popcorn, if possible.

Here’s my pseudo-recipe…

Best Ever Homemade Popcorn

1) Heat about 3 tablespoons or a heaping spoonful of coconut oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat.  Make sure the oil coats the bottom of the pan.

2) Add a few kernels of corn and put the lid on.

3) When they pop, add enough kernels to mostly cover the bottom of the pot.

4) Using oven mitts, use one hand to continuously shake the pot by the side handle.  Use the other hand to crack the lid (the pic doesn’t show this because I was taking the picture at this point!), allowing the steam to release.  Releasing the steam is important so that the popcorn doesn’t get soggy.

5) When the popping slows down quite a bit, pull the pot off the heat.  Dump it into a bowl immediately, so the bottom pieces don’t burn in the pot.

homemade popcorn with coconut oil

6) Season with sea salt to taste.  That’s it.  Nothing else is needed for the perfect bowl of popcorn!

I’ve found that the popcorn stores for about two days in a ziplock.  It’s a great nutritious snack for the whole family.

Here are some more healthy snack ideas from our recipe index. Enjoy!


  1. sam says

    I totally agree that coconut oil makes the BEST popcorn imaginable! Tried it a couple of months ago and will never use anything else ever again! Love the blog, girls! So much fun!

  2. Gretchen says

    OOohhhh Rachel!!! This is yummy! I have been wanting to do this for a long time and finally made it tonight! We are babysitting the Matz boys and are ending our night together with a movie! You can’t watch a movie without popcorn!!

  3. Rachel says

    Thanks for the feedback, G. Glad you like it as much as we do. We must make this every other day at least.

  4. This is similar to the popcorn I make but with two differences. I use coconut oil but I also add real butter to the pot and the salt! Then when I pour the kernels into the pot of melted butter and coconut oil I swirl the popcorn around so all the kernels. If you want a chipolte popcorn, salt & pepper etc. just add it to the oil & butter first then add kernels. We also buy bulk organic popcorn at our local Raleys so you can find it at the bigger markets too. Popcorn=my favorite food! 😀

  5. Rachel says

    Julia, great ideas for more variation on this recipe. How can you go wrong with butter?

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  11. Shelly says

    It is soooo funny reading blog posts from you younger people about stuff you “discover”!!! Those of us a year or two (lol) older learned these simple things growing up! You kids are so funny!!! lol

    • Rachel says

      Yep, we’re the fast food generation…slowly working our way back to real food. 😉

  12. Kary says

    My kids just voted this the best popcorn ever! I thought they might taste the coconut oil but they didn’t at all! This will be our new way to make popcorn. It was super yummy and also a great little experiment for the kids to watch.

    • Rachel says

      That’s awesome! Glad they liked it, Kary! I make a huge batch every week and it gets better within a day or two, I think. I regularly send it to school for snack.

  13. Donna says

    I love making popcorn this way. My grandchildren love it when we get together and cook popcorn
    On the stove top. I like to sprinkle nutritional yeast on ours. It adds great flavor. It’s my favorite way to eat popcorn. Try it sometime. You can find nutritional yeast at your local health food store.

    • Polly says

      Thanks for the tip! I would have never thought to try that.

  14. Michele M says

    This is how I make popcorn, with one difference. My mom taught me that you don’t have to continuously shake the pan. I tried it, and Mom was right! I just add the popcorn to the oil, put the lid on and let it go.

    • Rachel says

      Do you still crack the lid to release steam? I’m interested to try this, because I’ve already read you have to shake it.

      • Michele M says

        No, I have never heard of releasing the steam. I’ve never had it turn out soggy.

  15. Lorissa says

    I have been making popcorn on the stove for about a year now. I do not always shake it and I do release the steam otherwise it’s not as crisp tasting. Stale=soggy to me. I can’t wait to try this with coconut oil today!

  16. Jean says

    i put foil that has holes poked in it and reuse it to let steam escape. Got burned lifting the lid too many times.

    • Polly says

      Good idea! It’s a bit tricky to keep the lid on while shaking the pot.

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