A spicy stovetop popcorn recipe flavored with cumin, chili powder, cayenne and smoked paprika. Firecracker corn is a blast of flavor. Plus, How to cook stovetop popcorn and how to cook popcorn using a stovetop popcorn maker. It’s easy!
Don’t you love the smell of fresh popped popcorn? My all time favorite snack food, has been, currently is, and will always be popcorn.
What’s yours? In this post we’ll talk about a spicy seasoning for homemade popcorn and learn how to cook stovetop popcorn.
When I was growing up, a couple times a week, Dad would pop corn in his favorite stovetop popcorn maker, my mom’s deep fried chicken skillet. With a lid of course.
He’d slice an apple and some cheddar cheese and fan them out on a plate, serve up bowls of popcorn and that that would be our evening snack while watching television.
As soon as I figured out I really needed to learn, he taught me how to cook stovetop popcorn. Let’s take a look.
How To Pop Stovetop Popcorn
Oh popcorn. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. And please don’t let me catch you making popcorn from those microwave packets.
Popping corn on the stove top is so much easier and healthier. And you can add real butter instead of the butter flavored oils that are in those microwave packets.
All you need is popcorn kernels, a good pot with a lid, salt and butter. Stovetop popcorn is one of the tastiest and cheapest snacks around. And did I mention that it all comes together in less than 15 minutes? So here’s how to make stovetop popcorn.
I use my Le Creuset 6 quart Dutch Oven.
Perfect popcorn recipe: 3 tablespoons oil, 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter.
- Use a good quality heavy bottomed pan. This could be a cast iron skillet or a Le Creuset Dutch oven, or even a good quality saucepan. Just make sure it has a good fitting lid.
- Heat that skillet over medium heat. Even the slightest hint of burnt oil will transfer that flavor to the popcorn. Not good.
- Pour in the oil and add a couple of kernels of popcorn. Once those pop, you know you’re ready to rock and roll.
- Add the rest of the corn kernels and remove the pan from the heat and shake the pan to coat the kernels with oil.
- Place the pan back on the heat and cover with the lid.
- Once the kernels start popping, shake the pan vigorously to make sure the kernels are dispersing evenly and popping evenly.
- Once you hear the last few kernels popping, quickly remove from heat.
- In the meantime, melt butter in microwave.
- Transfer half the popcorn to a large bowl. Season with half the seasoning.
- Using a dinner plate, or lid, cover the bowl and shake to distribute seasoning.
- Add the rest of the popcorn, seasoning and butter and with the lid, or dinner plate, cover the bowl and shake again.
What Oil To Use For Popcorn
- Canola oil is my choice for the best oil to make homemade pop corn. It’s clean taste doesn’t overwhelm the wonderful flavor of the popcorn.
- I also like to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s the healthiest choice .
- You can use coconut oil like the movie theaters use. I like to use refined coconut oil, as the flavor is milder. Some think using coconut oil for popping corn is the absolute best choice.
- Avocado Oil is another good choice. With its neutral flavor and smoking point it makes an excellent choice.
Stovetop Popcorn Popper
Another great stove-top popcorn method is to purchase a stovetop popcorn popper like a Whirley Pop. I love, love, love mine.
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I’ve had a Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker for years. It practically lives on my stovetop and pops a perfect batch of popcorn every single time. It turns out popcorn that’s fluffy, crispy and not chewy.
Is popcorn healthy? Pop corn is definitely one of the healthier snack options out there. Especially if you make your how homemade stovetop popcorn.
Popcorn is a whole grain, it’s gluten free and you’re getting a fair amount of fiber.
The healthy benefits of popcorn do not apply to movie theater popcorn of caramel corn.
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Firecracker Corn, Stove Top Popcorn Recipe
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup popcorn
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder a good quality blend
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon New Mexico Red Powder or Ancho, or Cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Mix spices in a small bowl.
- Melt butter in microwave, about 30 seconds.
- Stovetop Pan Method: Use a good quality heavy bottomed pan. This could be a cast iron skillet or a Le Creuset Dutch oven, or even a good quality saucepan. Just make sure it has a good fitting lid.Heat that skillet over medium heat. Even the slightest hint of burnt oil will transfer that flavor to the popcorn. Not good. Pour in the oil and add a couple of kernels of popcorn. Once those pop, you know you're ready to rock and roll. Add the rest of the corn kernels and remove the pan from the heat and shake the pan to coat the kernels with oil. Place the pan back on the heat and cover with the lid. Once the kernels start popping, start shaking the pan vigorously to make sure the kernels are dispersing evenly and popping evenly. Once you hear the last few kernels popping, quickly remove from heat. In the meantime, melt butter in microwave.
- WhirleyPop Stove Top Popcorn Maker Method: Over medium high heat on the stovetop, combine canola oil and popcorn in Whirly Pop Pop Corn Maker. Give it a good swirl then wait for the corn to start popping and then start turning the Whirly Pop handle. Lower heat slightly and pop corn until the last kernels are popped.
- Remove from heat and pour half of the popcorn into a large popcorn bowl. Season with half of the seasoning mix and half the butter. Cover the bowl with a lid, or dinner plate and shake well. Add the rest of the popcorn to the bowl and pour in the remaining seasonings and butter. Cover again and shake well.
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Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.