How to Make Popcorn on the Stovetop

The quick and easy way to make delicious and fresh popcorn on the stove.

Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks, but it tastes so much better fresh compared to a bag. This feature will tell you how to make popcorn on the stovetop the easy way. The best part? You only need ten minutes, which means you’ll be able to fill the bowl and then make it to the living room before the movie starts.

Before we begin, keep these safety tips in mind…

  • Put on oven mitts when handling a hot pot
  • Always be careful when dealing with hot oil
  • Remove the lid when the popping slows down.

First, grab the pot you normally use to boil pasta and cover the bottom with oil. Ideally, canola, vegetable or grapeseed, and only a light coating. Otherwise, you risk deep frying the kernels.

Put the pot on the stove on high heat. Wait one to two minutes and then add the kernels so they cover the bottom of the pot, and break the very top of the oil.

Now cover the pot and leave it on high heat. When you hear the first kernels pop, put on some oven mitts to avoid burning your hands, then lift the pot off the stove a few inches above the flame. Slowly rock the pot back and forth. Rocking the pot helps to evenly disperse the heat and lessen the chance or burning the kernels.

When the sound of the popping slows, turn off the stove, place the pot back onto the burner and wait for the popping to finish. Then remove the lid to allow excess moisture to escape. This will ensure that the popcorn comes out crispy. No one wants soggy popcorn.

All done! Transfer the popcorn to a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Olive oil, sea salt, melted butter, parmesan cheese… your choice. You may also want to avoid covering the popcorn with the oil from the pot.

Now you have fresh popcorn to enjoy. Next, we'll help you plan a movie night and the ultimate WWE party for the next pay-per-view.  

Looking for a great scary movie? We love The Conjuring 2, which has quite a few jump scares that’ll probably result in some of that popcorn falling onto the floor.  It's OK, we'll give you the five-second rule.

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