Stovetop Popcorn in 5 Minutes

Stovetop Popcorn is pretty much Popcorn made on a Stove (Hob) as opposed to using a Popcorn machine or microwave.

When making Stovetop Popcorn, it’s advisable to use a heavy base saucepan/pot (Stainless steel preferably)  to prevent accidents. Make sure the pot has a large surface area cos you don’t want the pot too be too crowded or the Kerneks piled on top of each other. The pot should also have a lid that fits perfectly. Also, be sure to keep an eye on it from start to finish as it’s quite easy to burn if care isn’t taken.

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Lets begin…


1/4 Cup Cooking Oil (Peanut or Coconut Oil for added flavour)

2-3 Tablespoons Sugar

1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels OR

1 Teaspoon Salt if you prefer Salted Popcorn


Heat the oil on medium to high heat. Add just 3 Popcorn Kernels….

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Wait for the all three Kernels to pop. When they’re all popped, remove them from the oil..

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Now, quickly stir in the Sugar or Salt to melt. When it’s melted, add the rest of the Popcorn kernels, making sure they are all laid out in an even layer without overlapping….

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Cover the pot with its lid but leave the lid slightly ajar so the steam from the popcorn can be released.  Wait for the popping to begin.

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Shake the pot vigorously every 5 seconds, this is so the Sugar doesn’t burn and all the kernels can pop. When popping reduces to once every 2-3 seconds, remove from the stove but continue to shake the pot till popping stops….

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Quickly transfer popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle some more Sugar or Salt and toss. I usually add Turmeric to my Popcorn for added flavour. If you haven’t tried, it, do try it once and thank me later….

Leave to cool, then serve…

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I enjoy Salted Popcorn with Peanuts….

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Will be waiting to read your feedback when you’ve tried this easy Stovetop Popcorn recipe. See you in the next recipe. Happy Easter!

10 thoughts on “Stovetop Popcorn in 5 Minutes

  1. Sisi your blog has really changed my cooking style keep it up. Can i use magarine or butter in place of the oil?

    • Sorry for the late response. I’m glad my recipes work out great for you. Butter or margarine will burn really fast, so I wouldn’t advise to use really….

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