Stovetop Popcorn {with Coconut Oil}

By Rachel Tiemeyer
October 13, 2021

Stovetop Coconut Oil Popcorn is incredibly easy and serves as a healthy, filling snack that all ages love. The coconut oil brings the perfect hint of sweetness that is balanced with a bit of salt. It’s a budget-friendly, tummy-filling, healthy snack that will have you ditching the microwave popcorn for good!

homemade coconut oil popcorn in a blue bowl

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!

Tips for Great Stovetop Popcorn

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Use coconut oil! 

This is crucial and what gives popcorn 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 in bulk.

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 that I love, so try some different varieties and see what you think.

Use a large heavy-bottomed pot to make your popcorn

This helps ensure the popcorn cooks evenly.

Overhead shot of coconut oil popcorn

How to Make Coconut Oil Popcorn

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

2) Add a few kernels of corn and put the lid on. When they pop, you know your oil is hot enough!

3) Once the coconut oil is hot enough, add enough kernels to mostly cover the bottom of the pot. I use about 1/2 cup.

popcorn seeds in coconut oil in a 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.

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

popcorn in a blue bowl

How long does coconut oil popcorn last?

I’ve found that the popcorn stores for about two days in a ziplock.  I like to break mine into snack bags for an easy, grab-and-go snack.

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Homemade Coconut Oil Popcorn

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The best homemade coconut oil popcorn that only has 3 ingredients and cooks in a flash!


Ingredients


Instructions

  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 the kernels begin to pop, add enough kernels to mostly cover the bottom of the pot (approximately 1/2 cup).
  4. Using oven mitts, use one hand to continuously shake the pot by the side handle. Use the other hand to crack the lid, 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.
  6. Season with salt to taste (approximately 3/4 -1 teaspoon).

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24 replies
  1. 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!

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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    • 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.

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  5. 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

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  6. Julia Janzen says:

    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! 😀

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  7. 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!!

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  8. 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!

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