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How to Make Perfect Popcorn On The Stove

Learn how to make perfect popcorn on the stove. This is favourite snack to make. It’s so quick to make, easy, and taste delicious!
Course Snack
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2 -4
Author Keren


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil I also like to use coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popping corn
  • 1/2 tbsp of finely ground salt optional but recommended
  • Other seasonings my favourite is nutritional yeast for B12 boost


  1. Add the oil in a heavy-based pan with a vented lid. Turn the heat up to medium-high (I use level 7 on my induction cooktop), add 3 corn kernels and cover.
  2. Once the kernels have popped add the remaining popcorn kernels and salt in an even layer. Cover.
  3. Remove from heat and count for 30 seconds. Don't skip this part as it will bring all of the other kernels to the same temperature so they will pop at roughly the same time later, and you won't have too many unpopped kernels, or burn your popcorn in an attempt to pop them all.
  4. Return the pan back to heat and wait for that popping sound (or if you have a clear lid, you can see the action happening).
  5. Once the kernels begin to pop rapidly, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth.
  6. Open the lid a tiny bit to allow excess steam to escape.
  7. 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 pour into a large bowl.

Recipe Notes

Tips: Use oil suitable for high temperature cooking such as canola or peanut oil. If you want to use olive oil for flavour - mix the oil with peanut or canola 1:1 so that the oil won't burn.