Stove Top Popcorn

My new favorite popcorn recipe – – on the stove top! I’m not a fan of microwave popcorn. I heard someone say once it smells like dirty feet and that sorta stuck with me. Plus, I recently read about the chemicals added to microwave popcorn bags and they aren’t healthy for humans. I may never understand the nurses I work with that enjoy it daily, sometimes several times a day. Just sayin.

Hooray for this healthy alternative! This is a recipe you can feel good about giving your kids or the whole family on movie night. The coconut oil gives the popcorn a wonderful flavor but isn’t overpoweringly coconutty. Delicious! We are gonna need more kernels soon 🙂

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/3 – 1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels
sea salt (optional)
nutritional yeast (optional)

In a medium saucepan with a tight fitting lid, melt the coconut oil. Let it get hot for a minute or two. Add 2-3 popcorn kernels, cover and wait for those to pop to indicate that the oil is ready.

Add the rest of the popcorn, cover and stick around to gently shake the pan once or twice. It will take a few minutes and then the popping will slow down. Once popping slows, move the pan off of the heat, give it a few more seconds to finish up. Then shake gently with the lid on to distribute any remaining coconut oil, remove the lid carefully (a lot of steam will usually come out at first) and add your sea salt to taste.

A great topping to add to hot popcorn is nutritional yeast. I love the cheesy flavor it adds and it’s also a healthy alternative to manufactured popcorn toppings.


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