Stove-Top Coconut Oil Popcorn with Butter and Sea Salt

by brenda on June 8, 2013

My family has been having popcorn for dinner one night per week for the last few months. I think it’s really important to make popcorn right if you’re going to be eating it. Corn, especially un-soaked corn, contains phytates and other anti-nutrients. In order to compensate for this, you must put healthy, nutrient-rich fats on top of it–like coconut oil and butter! Do not try a “low-fat” version of popcorn, you will not be doing yourself any good. In fact, you will likely be causing unnecessary harm.

We used to make our popcorn in an air popper. It was what I grew up with, and frankly, I was a little bit afraid of cooking with a hot, splattery oil. (I know, splattery is not a word…or at least, it wasn’t…now it is!). :) We got a popcorn popper like this a few months ago, and our world will never be the same!

See, popcorn that is cooked with healthy oil, on the stove, is AMAZING. No air-popped popcorn can compete with the flavor of this stuff. WOWZERS, it rocks! And it is not difficult–not one bit. It’s not as scary as I thought it might be.

It’s also important to use good quality sea salt and butter. I buy Kerrygold butter (I am so sad that my Costco stopped carrying it!). I get Real Salt for my popcorn. The salt you use makes a difference in the flavor of your foods and also your health!

Once you try this recipe, you will not want to go back to air popped popcorn again. Try it and tell me what you think!


Stovetop Coconut Oil Popcorn with Butter and Sea Salt

1 cup organic popcorn kernals

3 TB extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup good quality butter from grass-fed cows

real sea salt in a shaker


Do not heat your pot before adding the ingredients!

Make sure your pot is thoroughly dry before adding anything to it.

Place the coconut oil and the popcorn into the pot all at once.

Seal the lid on both sides and place on a burner on high heat.

Turn the crank on the pot to stir up the popcorn. It will star popping, and then it will get faster and louder. Keep turning the handle as it pops.

When the popcorn is done, the pops will be further and further apart. Remove it from the heat at this point.

Use a hot pad or gloves to carefully open one side of the lid.

Very carefully, pour the popcorn into a large bowl.

Place the butter into the popcorn pot and let it melt.

Drizzle the melted butter all over the popcorn and toss. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt and toss again.

Serve & enjoy!

You’ll need a drink with this, of course. My hubby loves having kombucha with his popcorn. I prefer water.


What do you drink with your popcorn?


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  • Beth

    I like the idea of having one of these popcorn poppers! I just found a similar model in stainless steel:

    Sounds like a good item for my Dear Santa letter…

  • Shelley Alexander

    Brenda, I love homemade popcorn and your recipe has all the ingredients I like. I just found your wonderful site from VGN forum and it’s a pleasure to see all the good info have on your site. I will share this recipe. Have a good week!

  • jenn w.

    This is a favorite snack/lunch for my kids and I. I make it exactly like this! We totally love it.

  • Lynn

    I love popcorn but stopped eating it because the microwave stuff tastes so awful. I’m gonna give this a try with my favorite beverage ~ sweet tea!

  • Cassie Kay

    I normally just have water with my popcorn. Though, sometimes we have it with home-made root beer (probably not the healthiest thing ever…).

  • Jeremy

    I just made it the same way with ordinary popcorn, ordinary coconut oil, ordinary butter and ordinary salt. Oh, and I used an ordinary saucepan instead of the special popcorn one. Tastes great, and I probably saved at least $20 on all the specialty/organic crap!

  • Gary O. D.

    Doesn’t even need butter, just salt.

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