How to Cook Popcorn in Coconut Oil

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If you have one, use a stovetop popcorn kettle.
If you have one, use a stovetop popcorn kettle. (Image: matt matthews/iStock/Getty Images)

Instead of making microwave popcorn, you can cook popcorn kernels on the stovetop with coconut oil. Coconut oil comes from the meat of a mature coconut. The oil is heat stable and is often used as a cooking and frying oil. Many movie theaters use coconut oil for their popcorn. Popcorn made on the stovetop does not contain any preservatives, and the snack itself is high in fiber and low in fat.

Things You'll Need

  • Coconut oil
  • Heavy-bottomed pot with lid
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Serving bowl
  • Salt (optional)
  • Butter (optional)

Heat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cover the pot with a lid and place it over medium-high heat.

Pour in 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. Replace the lid on the pot.

Wait for the kernels to begin popping and turn the heat down to medium-low. Shake the pot back and forth over the burner.

Listen for the popping to slow down. When there are 2 seconds between pops, remove the pot from the stovetop.

Pour the popcorn into a serving bowl. Add your desired seasonings, such as salt or butter and toss to mix.

Tips & Warnings

  • For popcorn that tastes like it's from the movie theater's concession stand, use powdered salt or powder it in a clean coffee grinder.
  • Remove the lid from the popcorn carefully, because the steam can burn you.

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