How-To Make Stove Top Popcorn (Video)

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks to make , but I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of microwave popcorn.  I’m also not a big fan of lots of kitchen gadgets (ie. a popcorn maker), which makes this the perfect popcorn recipe for me.

My husband is actually the one that taught me how to make popcorn like this.  I also took a few tips from Elise over at SimplyRecipes just to be sure I wasn’t missing any secret steps.

The flavor of the stove-top popcorn is SO much better than the microwave popcorn that you buy in those little bags.  Plus, have you ever read the ingredients in those microwave popcorn bags?!  Yikes!  They can get pretty hairy.

I usually try to follow the simple rule of thumb, that clearly state, “If you can’t pronounce it, then for-Gods-sake, don’t eat it!”.

For me, popcorn is the perfect snack,  it’s crunchy, salty, high in fiber, low in fat, and really filling. (oh. and did I mention it’s really yummy!!  That always helps:).

Once you guys see how easy it is to make popcorn on the stove you may just say good-bye to the microwaved stuff forever.

Print Recipe
5 from 21 votes

How-To Make Stove Top Popcorn

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time8 mins
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Dani Spies


  • 3/4 cup popped corn kernels
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Heat the oil in an 8-quart saucepan over a medium high heat.
  • Add two or three popcorn kernels into the oil and pop the lid on. Once the kernels pop, add the rest of the kernels to the pot.
  • Cover the pot, remove from the heat and wait for 30 seconds before placing the pot back over the burner (this will help to ensure that all your kernels pop at the same time!).
  • Once you hear the popcorn begin to pop begin to gently shake the pot back and forth over the burner (I usually pick the whole pot up and give it a few intermittent shakes throughout the popping process.
  • Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pot from the heat and pour your popcorn into your serving bowl. Enjoy!!
  • Makes 6 servings.


Calories: 119kcal | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2325mg
Course: DIET, DINNER, how-to, KITCHEN BASICS, snacks + starters
Cuisine: American, gluten free, kids, vegan, vegetarian