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Poppin’ Popcorn


Popcorn ready in under 5 min? Um, yes please. Where do I sign up? I was sick of buying bagged popcorn, but I do have a serious addiction to Skinny Pop. I can easily eat at least half a bag per sitting. I wanted the Skinny Pop taste with less of the binge and less of the cost. I picked up a big bag of popcorn kernels at Whole Foods for the same price as a Skinny Pop bag and the kernels lasted me a couple months. Granted, I’ve tailored this recipe to a single serving to prevent me from eating the whole thing, but this can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, whatever. Everything is done on the stove, which requires a bit of “tossing/shaking,” coordination, but NBD. You’ll love this Easy Stovetop Popcorn; your tastebuds (and wallet) will thank me.

Ingredients (serves 1).

  • 1-2 t vegetable oil *
  • 1/8 c popcorn kernels
  • Salt to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • Black pepper for salt/pepper
  • Garlic Parmesan
  • Taco seasoning
  • Sriracha
  • Melted dark chocolate with sea salt
  • Nutritional yeast

Note: I tried both olive oil and coconut oil, but olive oil smokes easily and I thought coconut oil was harder to work with. I’ve found vegetable oil to be the best. For the richest, “greasiest” popcorn, use a ratio of 1 T oil to 2 T kernel, but you really just need enough oil to coat the bottom of your pan.


  1. In a small saucepan with a lid, heat oil over high heat. Once oil is warm enough to  coat the entire bottom of the pan, add 3 kernels and cover. You can also add a pinch of salt to the bottom of the pan (optional).
  2. Once you hear those 3 kernels pop, remove from heat, uncover and add remaining kernels so they’re in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Recover and for 30 sec, toss kernels in the hot oil.
  3. Then place pan back on high heat, giving the covered pan a good shake every 10-15 sec. This prevents burning!
  4. Once the popping begins to die down, remove from heat and continue to shake the pan until the popping stops.
  5. Bowl into a bowl and add salt to taste. If the salt isn’t sticking, give the popcorn a quick spray from cooking spray. Toss the popcorn to evenly coat.
  6. Enjoy!


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