Stovetop Popcorn

My family and I gave up fast food for Lent. It has actually been great. I don’t find myself craving it or thinking about it when I don’t feel like making dinner. It has also made me realize that I can make better treats at home for things like movie night and times where we just feel like playing all day with fun snacks.

My best friend tagged me in a post on homemade popcorn. We both agreed that making it would be on our agenda! I remember having this a couple of times when I was younger and thinking that it tasted so much better than the bagged stuff. I hope you love this recipe and I encourage you to try making it for your next family movie night. It is simple and really inexpensive. Not to mention, your kids and friends will probably think you are really cool for making popcorn.

Stovetop Popcorn


You will need:

  • 3/4 c popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 c canola or peanut oil (you want an oil with a high smoke point here- so do not use butter, coconut oil, or olive oil)
  • salt and melted butter to taste (or whatever popcorn seasoning you like!)

Set a heavy bottomed pot (4qt or more) on the stovetop. Add in 1/4 cup of oil to the cold pan and drop in 2-3 kernels. Turn the heat to high and putthe lid on. Once those kernels pop, add in the remaining kernels all at once. Put the lid on and give it a good shake. Once the kernels begin to rapidly pop, turn the heat down to medium and let it go! Give it a good shake every 30 seconds or so. Once the pops space out to every 3-4 seconds, turn it down to low until it finishes popping. Remember to continue to shake it every 20-30 seconds. When you don’t hear the pops anymore, immediately remove the pan from the heat.

Season the popcorn how you like and enjoy! My 2 year old couldn’t resist while I was taking photos. She stuck her grubby little hands into the pan multiple times.


Lots of love and many blessings,


Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

Psalms 23:5-6

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