Healthy Movie Theater Popcorn Recipe

Popcorn Recipe


Popcorn {and cheese} is one of our favorite snacks!  A friend of ours encouraged us to try out Alton Brown’s Perfect Popcorn Recipe.  We liked it and have been perfecting the recipe to fit our family.  We think that this Healthy Movie Theater Popcorn Recipe tastes even better than movie theater popcorn and I hope you’ll like it!


We bought a lot of microwaved popcorn before and this is stove top recipe is healthier and much cheaper.  Microwave popcorn is overly salty and is made with an unhealthy coating.  When you make your own popcorn you can choose the oil you want, the amount of salt you use, and  you can even use organic kernels if you want!


Making stove top popcorn was at first intimidating but let me tell you it is so easy!  After a little time you’ll learn to adjust your stove and the time just right so you’ll pop the kernels perfectly.  This is the recipe that we use but I would love to hear any different popcorn recipes or toppings that you have.  We love to eat it with a little block of sharp cheddar.  Is there anything you like to eat with popcorn?


Tip: Store your kernels in the freezer to keep them fresh!

Popcorn Recipe Ingredients



  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil {or coconut, canola, etc}
  • 3 ounces popcorn kernels, approximately 1/2 cup {makes 2 large bowls}
  • 1/4 teaspoon popcorn salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter



Place the popcorn, oil, and salt in a large metal mixing bowl, wok, or stock pot. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil and poke around 20 small slits in the top.  These slits need to be small so the kernels won’t pop out.


Place the bowl over medium to high heat and shake constantly.  Shake until the popcorn finishes popping.  It should take around a minute for the kernels to start popping and they’ll finish popping around 3 minutes.


Remove from heat and carefully remove the foil. Melt the butter in the microwave and slowly drizzle over the popcorn. Scrape any salt off the sides of the bowl and stir so the salt and butter get evenly distributed.  Serve immediately and enjoy!