How to Make Popcorn without a Microwave

Popcorn is a great, healthy snack to satisfy that movie theater craving. Popcorn is naturally a whole grain fiber rich, and calorie-light. However, we load it up with stuff thats not good for us – salt, butter, chemicals. Takes a good-for-you food into a questionable snack. Avoid the movie theater line and the expensive microwave bags and try making it yourself! It is 10 times cheaper per ounce ($.06 vs. $.67 per ounce) and is easier to control what you add to it. You can eat a lot of popcorn for not a lot of calories, so pop away!

1. Spray the bottom of a stock pot with cooking spray.

2. Add 1/4-1/3 cup of popcorn kernels.


3. Allow to rest over a medium-high heat while they begin to heat. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

4. When they begin to brown, cover the pot and start to shake lightly.


5. When the popping noise begins, remove from heat and begin to shake more vigorously.

6. Keep the lid closed and continue shaking until the popping has stopped. Opening the lid will let the hot air out and will lead to more unpopped kernels.

7. Season as desired. I personally use 2 tbsp of canola oil and a small handful of kosher salt. Start with less salt and oil than you think you need and increase them from there. Cover with the lid and shake to coat the popcorn. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.



6 Comments Add your own

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  • 2. Unna  |  August 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    You have no idea how much I love you for sharing this. :D I’m sort of a klutz when it comes to popping corn.

    Stumbled upon you in the Freshly Pressed section, btw. :)

    • 3. jenlenew  |  August 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Glad you found something useful :) I love homemade popcorn, and have turned my whole family onto it too! So much cheaper and healthier than the bagged kind :)

  • 4. In Defense of Snacks « homemadeadventure  |  August 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    […] by making your own popcorn, and can make fun flavors, too. I have an air-popper, but you can do it over the stove as well. Three tablespoons of kernels is all it takes to make a huge bowl, at cents per serving and […]

  • 5. How to Win the Weight Loss Battle « homemadeadventure  |  September 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

    […] they should be smaller. In between meals, snack on whole fruits and veggies or small servings of air-popped popcorn. Look for things that are full of fiber but low in calories for snacks. Don’t let your day be […]

  • 6. Natasha Darling  |  May 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This is great-

    I have always felt very strange about microwaves… but can´t seem to stay away from popcorn. This article was perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing,


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