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How To Make Popcorn on the Stove

When I started living without a microwave I didn’t even know how to make popcorn on the stove. I was at a loss! But I learned quickly and it’s now a family favorite!

Salty crispy fresh popcorn is yours in under 5 minutes when you make popcorn on the stove! No microwave needed.

Can you make popcorn on the stove?

I haven’t had a microwave since college, it’s been many years. BUT I used to work where there was a microwave and I almost always had popcorn as a snack. I loved it SO much.

When I quit work to stay home with kids I had no idea how to make popcorn! Through trial and error, I figured it out pretty quickly. And now I’ll never go back.

What do I need to make stovetop popcorn?

You don’t need anything special to make it either. No machine, no special tools, nothing like that. You need:

  • a large pot or dutch oven WITH a lid
  • white or yellow popping corn
  • oil
  • salt

What kind of oil do I need to make popcorn?

A lot of people like and use avocado oil because it’s fine at higher temperatures. You can also use vegetable oil or a light olive oil blend. And coconut oil makes WONDERFUL popcorn!

I don’t recommend virgin olive oil though. The flavor is too overpowering when paired with popped corn. Go for a lighter oil for better flavor!

Check out my video to see how quick it can be!

More Homemade Snacks!

When you’ve got kids you know homemade snacks are important! Here’s a few of our favorites:

Yield: 2 servings

Stovetop Popcorn

Stovetop popcorn is quick and easy and makes tasty popcorn!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 TBSP oil of your choice, see post for notes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels


  1. heat oil heavy-duty pan with a well-fitting lid over medium heat
  2. add salt
  3. drop in a few kernels of popcorn and put the lid on
  4. when they pop add the rest of corn, cover
  5. shake briskly over the heat 3-4 times
  6. when the popping starts shake more often to drop the unpopped kernels down towards the heat
  7. the popping is about done when you can count to 3 between pops
  8. turn the heat off, let it finish popping if needed
  9. when the popping stops remove the lid, taste for salt, add more and serve!

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 589mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

6 thoughts on “How To Make Popcorn on the Stove”

  1. I only make stovetop popcorn too. It was a family tradition to have popcorn on Sunday nights. My grandpa had a secret on making sure the most kernels popped, so I posted making popcorm my way too! My daughter stated not too long ago "it tastes a lot better than microwave popcorn" I just can't go back!

  2. Great video! I really enjoyed it. I love making homemade popcorn too. It tastes so much better and it's so much better for you. The avocado oil is new to me though – I'll have to see if I can find some. I bet it gives a lovely flavour!

  3. A microwave is an absolutely essential part of my kitchen. I don't cook with it, but I defrost with it, melt with it and re-heat with it. It would also be a real help to your family while you are off at food fest type trips and a WIDE variety of other times.

  4. I haven't had a microwave for most of my adult life, and got along fine without it. I hate microwave popcorn anyway. But my niece got herself one because she missed having one (she's lived with us for 2 years, but lived with my mom before that), and it occasionally comes in useful. I wouldn't miss it if it were gone, though. When she moves out, she'll take it with her.

  5. I have been without a microwave for just over a year now, but started making it on the stove long before then. I like to vary the fats I use for my popcorn: bacon grease, a mix of butter and vegetable oil, and coconut oil.

    BUT, I do miss having a microwave. They are fabulous for killing all the yuck on your sponges. Just zap a used, wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes, and presto, no more bacteria!


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