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
- Black pepper for salt/pepper
- Garlic Parmesan
- Taco seasoning
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Then place pan back on high heat, giving the covered pan a good shake every 10-15 sec. This prevents burning!
- Once the popping begins to die down, remove from heat and continue to shake the pan until the popping stops.
- 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.