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Make Your Own Popcorn (Microwave-Free)

by jenny sansouci on April 11, 2012

The other night, in preparation for some always thrilling SNL-watching, I decided to embark on the mission of making my own popcorn. I’d never done it before, so it was an exciting expedition.

I was nervous, but I pulled through — and the result was so much better, healthier and 100x more fun than microwave popcorn!! I haven’t used a microwave in years because I don’t like to eat mutated food. That is probably a topic for another blog, but aside from that, microwave popcorn contains a lot of crap — weird dried buttery flavoring, chemicals from ink & glue on the bag…and other such grossness. Read more here.

So if you want to make fresh, delicious popcorn on your stove top in minutes with all natural ingredients…read on!!


  • Coconut oil
  • Organic popcorn kernels
  • Sea salt

Get a large pot and put it on the stove.

Cover the bottom of the pot with a layer of popcorn kernels.

Put enough oil into the pot to lightly cover all of the kernels.

Shake sea salt onto the kernels.

Put your stove on medium heat, put a cover on the pot, and lightly shake the pot back and forth over the flame! In a few minutes of shaking over the heat, you’ll start to hear the kernels pop. Make sure the pot is covered or you’ll have a massive popcorn explosion in your kitchen!

When the popcorn is done popping, add seasoning (organic butter, more sea salt, or whatever spices you like!)

Be proud that you created such a delicious, fun snack all by yourself!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Hester April 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Wow, I love popcorn and this is just perfect for me!! I am going to try it this weekend.


Marian Welch April 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Another fun way to eat popcorn, if you desire a natural sweetness, just add a little maple syrup to the butter when melting it. Quite delicious!


Beth April 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

A good rule of thumb when making on-the-stove popcorn is 3 tbsp. oil, 1/3 c. popcorn. I’ve never used coconut oil; I usually use grapeseed. I’ll have to try it.


Khadia May 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

yummy! I love nutritional yeast on my popcorn…mmm


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