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How to Make Stove Top Popcorn

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An easy tutorial that will show you exactly how to make stove top popcorn in five minutes flat!

how_to_make_stovetop_popcornIf there is one thing in this world that I am going to have a tough time saying no to when I do the Whole 30 and eat grain-free, it is most definitely going to be popcorn!  It is seriously going to be so tough.

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 2I sort of feel like popcorn is my boyfriend and we are about to break-up.  My body is hoping that this break-up will be a positive thing, but my mind and heart just aren’t sure.  As you can see, it is quite the conundrum.  But in the end, I have decided that if giving up grains (including popcorn) helps me to feel better, then it will be worth it.  I’m game to give it a try!

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 6With that being said, you are probably wondering why in the heck I am sharing a post about how to make homemade popcorn on the stove top.  No, I am not trying to torture myself, though it does feel a bit like that.  Instead, I am sharing this with you since I love making stove top popcorn and likely will not be making it again for a long while.  So it’s either now or never!  I’m sure you would prefer now, right?

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 4If you are anything like me, saying “no” to popcorn is hard.  It will be even more difficult once you realize how easy it is to make freshly popped popcorn at home.  Everyone needs to try it out for me since I will be popcorn-less for a while.  Just because I won’t be eating it, does not mean that you shouldn’t be.

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 7How to Make Stove Top Popcorn
Vegan + Gluten-Free

Serves 1-2, depending on how hungry you are!


1 heaping TB of unrefined coconut oil (refined is fine if you do not like the hint of coconut flavor)
2 TB unpopped popcorn kernels
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
desired toppings (see below for ideas)


how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 9Start by adding one heaping tablespoon of coconut oil to a large soup pot or dutch oven (it needs to have an accompanying lid).

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 10Add two tablespoons of unpopped popcorn kernels to the pot.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 11Gently shake the pot around until all of the kernels are coated with the oil and salt.  Turn the heat to medium and watch patiently.  Once the first kernel pops, place the lid onto the pot.  Slide the pot back and forth on the burner while the popcorn pops, until two to three seconds elapse between each popping sound.  It will take approximately two minutes for all of the popcorn kernels to pop.

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 8When you open the lid, you will have this glorious goodness.  I generally top mine off with coconut oil spray, additional sea salt, nutritional yeast, and black pepper.  It is my favorite combination right now!

how_to_make_stovetop_popcorn 5But that is not the only homemade popcorn topping idea out there.  In fact, there are quite a lot.  And lucky for you, I’m sharing some of my other favorites right here:

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Popcorn
Matcha and White Chocolate Popcorn
Salt and Vinegar Popcorn
Caramel Drizzle Popcorn
Lemon Parmesan Popcorn
Salted Lime Popcorn
Mexican Popcorn

how_to_make_stovetop_popcornMaking homemade stove top popcorn is super easy! #glutenfree #vegan #snack Click To Tweet

Now go eat some popcorn for me.

Have you ever made homemade popcorn?
What are your favorite popcorn toppings?

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  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 18, 2015, 12:10 am
    I have never made my own popcorn but you make it look so easy! I need to try it soon! Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...Tomato Basil Quiche with Almond Meal CrustMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 8:38 am
      It is seriously SO easy! You definitely need to give it a try :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 18, 2015, 6:18 am
    I'm SOOO glad I decided to start eating popcorn again a few months ago! Right now though, I'm obsessed with Sneaky's Popcorn. They sent me a bunch to try (super small company), but it's coated in GREEN. Because of the spirulina....and savory "seasoning" which includes nooch!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 8:43 am
      I'm pretty sure I have seen that floating around on Instagram and it sounds SO good! I definitely want to try it!
  • Brooke @ Silver Lining June 18, 2015, 7:27 am
    It's early morning here, but you've got me craving popcorn in a bad way! What gorgeous food photography, too!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 8:44 am
      Thanks so much, Brooke! And heck, I say go for it. There are far worse things to eat for breakfast, right?
  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie June 18, 2015, 7:52 am
    I am all about some popcorn! There is something to be said for stovetop popcorn too. It really does have a better taste to it. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...WIAW: Greenville EatsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 8:46 am
      I so agree. Plus it is SO much cheaper than buying the pre-popped popcorn from the store!
  • Leanne June 18, 2015, 7:59 am
    I need to try this! thanks so much for posting!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 8:47 am
      Yes you sure do! I hope you give it a try.
  • Dana June 18, 2015, 8:04 am
    I definitely pop mine in butter cuz #treatyoself. Might try coconut oil to see if I miss it though. I have a Chipotle seasoning my mom got in New Mexico. It's wonderful on buttered popcorn.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 8:47 am
      Oh yes, it doesn't taste much better than in butter ;) Also, that Chipotle seasoning sounds amazing. I love anything with a bit of spice!
  • I'm with you on this, Hannah! Popcorn is my one true love. (Well, besides my husband, but it's definitely a close second!) I have a Whirly Pop that I got as a wedding shower gift and I use it at least once a week, on average. It's my usual Saturday night supper. There's nothing like homemade salty popcorn and some fresh fruit. Mmmm... Maybe I'll make it for breakfast now, too! ;) I hope your cleanse goes well and that you start feeling better soon! Keep us posted! Nichole Kraft, Food Writing Copyeditor recently posted...Our Own Worst Enemy: How Cognitive Distortions Sabotage Our WritingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 12:25 pm
      Yes to popcorn and fruit!! I almost always eat my night time popcorn with a side of fresh or frozen fruit. I love that sweet and salty combo.
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 18, 2015, 10:02 am
    This is so quick and easy! I can't believe I've never done it before! I promise to eat lots of popcorn for you while you can't!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 12:31 pm
      Good! You better!!
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog June 18, 2015, 10:05 am
    I never knew how easy this was! I love the taste of popcorn but I usually skip it because it always gets stuck in my teeth or the back of my throat and I end up sounding like a cat with a fur-ball trying to get it out. Haha! Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog recently posted...Jessica & Joe EngagementsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 12:42 pm
      That is definitely the annoying part about popcorn. I always make sure that I keep lots of floss on hand for that reason ;)
  • Andie @ The Well Bread Baker June 18, 2015, 11:04 am
    Oh wow that salted lime popcorn sounds incredible!! (I'm addicted to lime tortilla chips :) ) Also, I made your radish chip recipe last night. SO GOOD. seriously. I may have eaten like half the pan as soon as they were ready :p Andie @ The Well Bread Baker recently posted...Apple carrot quick bread with coconut oil [recipe]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 12:59 pm
      I am SO glad you enjoyed the radish chip recipe! They are quite addicting! ;)
  • Sara June 18, 2015, 12:05 pm
    Yum! I hate how the store bought popcorn has so many preservatives and artificial butter and stuff. Can't wait to try this! Sara recently posted...Grilled Lemon Sriracha ShrimpMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 12:43 pm
      Yes, it generally does... it's cheaper and healthier to just make your own!
  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks June 18, 2015, 12:16 pm
    So sad that you'll be giving up your beloved popcorn shortly! Hopefully you'll figure out what works for your body and then can integrate it back in again :) Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks recently posted...Trail Mix TrufflesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 12:51 pm
      I seriously hope so! It is probably the one food I will definitely miss the MOST :(
  • JcCee June 18, 2015, 1:06 pm
    We love popcorn in our house. I never knew it was this simple to make it at home. My kids and I are going to try and make some stove top popcorn thanks to your post, Hannah. JcCee recently posted...5 Simple Ways To Encourage YourselfMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 3:15 pm
      That's so great to hear! Yes.. it's crazy how simple (and how much cheaper) it is to make your own. I hope you love it!
  • Tianna June 18, 2015, 1:07 pm
    stove top popcorn is surprisingly easy, but so much more delicious than microwave. My bf's mom introduced me years ago and I've never looked back since haha. great recipe! Tianna recently posted...Enter the $200 Paypal Cash Giveaway!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 18, 2015, 3:16 pm
      I forget who first introduced me to stove top popcorn, but I love them for it!
  • rachel @ athletic avocado June 18, 2015, 11:03 pm
    I need to try making popcorn on the stove top! Im obsessed with it! rachel @ athletic avocado recently posted...BBQ Spiced Sweet Potato FriesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 19, 2015, 7:31 am
      It is seriously a lot easier (plus cheaper and healthier) than you might think! I hope you try it :)
  • Emily @SinfulNutrition June 19, 2015, 7:41 am
    I legit used to make stovetop popcorn every night my senior year of college. Somehow I got out of the habit, but you've inspired me again! My favorite toppings used to actually be hot sauce or soy sauce. Sounds weird, but it was delicious! And your pictures are GORGEOUS! :) Emily @SinfulNutrition recently posted...This Post is Gluten & Allergen Free {Giveaway}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 19, 2015, 12:05 pm
      I have heard of other people putting hot sauce on popcorn before and I happen to think it sounds delicious! Another one I have heard of is mustard... and I actually think it sounds quite tasty!
  • Emily @ Zen & Spice June 19, 2015, 1:54 pm
    I've recently started making my own popcorn and I haven't gone back to the bagged stuff since! There is such a HUGE difference in taste! Emily @ Zen & Spice recently posted...How To Spend Less On GroceriesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 19, 2015, 2:40 pm
      I could not agree more! I honestly cannot even remember the last time that I ate bagged popcorn... and I don't miss it one bit.

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