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Paper bag of popcorn on a wooden cutting board

Homemade Stovetop Popcorn

Cook Time 10 mins
Course Snack


  • Pan or pot with lid


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Heat your pot uncovered over medium-high heat. Allow your pot to get hot, but not scorch or burn.
  • Once the pan is warmed up, add the oil. Allow the oil to warm for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the popcorn kernals and close the lid. Leave the lid slightly ajar on the pot if it does not have a ventilation hole.
  • Wait for the popcorn to pop. When there is about 3-4 seconds between pops, remove the pot from the heat.
  • With the lid on, give the pot a good, final shake, then remove the lid.
  • Salt the popcorn and add any extra seasonings, melted butter, or other flavors, and toss to coat.
Keyword popcorn, snack