Ever dreamed of ditching the microwave bag and making fresh, fluffy stovetop popcorn?

It's surprisingly easy to make popcorn on the stovetop, and this whole grain can still be a healthy snack, coming in at just 133 calories per cup even when lightly buttered

Try making it sweet, salty, cheesy, or something a little more unusual with our easy stovetop popcorn recipe.

Stovetop Popcorn

You will need

  • A 3- or 4-quart pan with lid
  • Popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons canola, coconut, or peanut oil for every 1⁄3 cup of kernels
  • Salt or other seasonings of your choice (Try any of these: cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg; cumin; dry taco seasoning mix; garlic salt; lemon pepper; oregano; Parmesan cheese; or thyme.)


  1. Heat the oil in the pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Test the oil by tossing in a few kernels. When they pop, add the rest of the popcorn. Use enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan—about one kernel deep.
  3. Cover the pan and shake it to evenly coat the kernels in oil. When they begin to pop, gently move the pan back and forth over the heat.
  4. When the popping slows down to about 2 to 3 seconds apart, remove the pan from the stovetop. The heated oil will still pop the remaining kernels.
  5. Season your stovetop popcorn to taste, or sprinkle it lightly with salt. (Never presalt the kernels because the salt will toughen the popcorn.)