Make Movie Night Healthier with Stove Top Popcorn

Besides being an essential part of the movie watching experience, popcorn can also be a healthy snack. Although it’s easy to just throw a popcorn bag in the microwave, stove top popcorn is a healthy alternative that can be just as easy and delicious.

All you need is two ingredients, a pot and a few minutes to spare before you push play on your favorite movie.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2-3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels


  1. Heat 2-3 TBSP coconut oil in a large covered pot or deep saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add two single popcorn kernels to the pot and wait, listening for them to them pop. Once they are popped, it means the oil is ready and hot.
  3. Add the rest of your popcorn kernels in an even layer covering the bottom of the pot.
  4. Cover your pot with a lid and remove from heat for 30 seconds.
  5. After 30 seconds, place the pot back on the stove leaving the lid slightly ajar as the pot should have a little bit of ventilation.
  6. You will begin to hear the kernels popping. As they do, gently shake the pot occasionally.
  7. When you hear the popping slow down, remove from the heat and let the last of the popcorn finish popping.
  8. Once the popping stops completely, empty your popcorn into a large bowl and enjoy!

This recipe has been adapted from Simply Recipes and Real Food Enthusiast.

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Photo Credit: Ginny

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