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How to Make Stove Top Popcorn

Making popcorn on the stove top is fast, inexpensive, and far more flavorful than the microwave. 
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Total Cost: $0.09 recipe / $0.09 serving
Servings: 1 (2-3 cups)
Author: Beth M


  • 1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil $0.02
  • 2 Tbsp popcorn kernels $0.07


  • Add the oil and one kernel to a small sauce pot. Place the lid on top and turn the heat onto medium-high. Wait for the kernel to pop.
  • Once the kernel has popped, add the rest of the kernels, replace the lid, and give the pot a swirl to coat the kernels in the hot oil. Wait for the kernels to begin to pop. You can swirl again to redistribute the hot oil, if needed.
  • Once the kernels begin to pop rapidly, crack the lid a little bit to allow excess steam to escape. Make sure it's only open a little to keep the pot hot enough to continue popping the corn.
  • When the popping slows to a few seconds between pops, turn off the heat. Wait a few extra seconds for the last few pops, then remove the lid and season the popcorn. Enjoy!