Pan Popcorn | How To Make Popcorn On The Stovetop

Pan Popcorn | How To Make Popcorn On The Stovetop

Popcorn that was cooking in a pan
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I remember when I was just a girl, popping popcorn the Jiffy Pop way. Sliding the little popper over the eye of the oven. This is somewhat similar except we will use a pan. My recipe is special because it calls for coconut oil. It might not sound like it would taste very good, but when paired with salty butter it makes a fantastic taste!

Why Make Popcorn in a Pan Instead of a Bag?

I’ve been hearing a lot about how the popcorn bags contain some really toxic chemicals, not to mention some other bad ingredients that really aren’t necessary! has a great article on this if you would like to know more about all of the dangers. Buying the kernels gives you the power to choose organic. I found my organic popcorn kernels at Trader Joe’s.

However, I do want to warn you to be very careful. Wear some oven mitts over your hands to protect them from the steam coming out from the lid. It gets very very hot! Ouch! Please don’t burn yourself!

Popcorn that was cooking in a pan

Pan Popcorn Recipe

Yield: 3
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Make popcorn without the bag or the microwave!


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • dash of salt


  1. Don’t forget to put on oven mitts! Find a medium saucepan that you have a lid to. Heat oil and butter over medium heat.
  2. Add enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan in one layer.
  3. Sprinkle the salt over the kernels. Place the lid on the pan.Make sure you have on your oven mitts!
  4. Just like when microwaving popcorn it takes a minute or so before the popping starts. Once popping starts, move the pan side to side and in a circle.
  5. The popping should continue, and you can take it off of the heat when the popping slows just like you would listen to the microwave popcorn. I listen to the pan popping the same way.
  6. Pour CAREFULLY into a bowl. It will be hot and steamy.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 175Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 40mgSodium 173mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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It can take a while for the oil to warm up. You might think it’s not working, but eventually you will get that first pop. Once it’s get going, it really starts popping like crazy!

Once you get the hang of popping popcorn in a pan, you can come up with some new recipes!

More Ways to Flavor Popcorn

You can add all kinds of things to popcorn! Give some of these ideas a try!

Popcorn Flavor Ideas

For a fun twist add some nutritional yeast! My friend started me on this kick, and now I’m hooked!

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