Perfect Buttery Popcorn form Scratch

We hardly ever buy ready or microwavable popcorn, instead we are making our own, from the seeds.

And what is your secret for perfect popcorn? Do you make any delicious flavour variations?


  • 1 cup of popping corn seeds (I used Island Sun brand)
  • 30 g real butter (salted or unsalted)
  • sea salt to taste


  • large and wide stainless steel pot with glass lid (so you can see what is going on inside)

homemade popcorn recipe from scratch


  1. Place butter on the bottom of pot and heat over high fire until melted.
  2. Reduce the fire a little, add corn, cover and heat shaking the whole pot from time to time (without removing the lid) until corn is starting to pop.
  3. Continue heating until there is no more popping sounds, remove the lid, season to taste with salt and enjoy.

Makes 4 medium cereal bowls of popcorn.


I tried different proportions and different pots (also non-stick ones) and this seem to be the best one so far. Popcorn is crunchy, soft and finger licking buttery.


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Your thoughts…

  1. Yum! A healthy snack…popcorn has tons of phytochemical goodness in addition to fiber…

    I love to add furikake with nori and sesame and a bit of smoked paprika in addition to melted butter…yum!

    What a streak of gorgeous, yummy posts Margot!

  2. My popcorn secret is coconut oil. It instantly adds that old fashions movie theater smell to the air. Everyone who eats it, absolutely loves it.


  3. when i make popcorn, i make it in the microwave!

    1/3 c kernels
    2 tbl vegetable oil

    take a large paper bag (used for lunches) and put the popcorn kernels, oil, and salt to taste. fold the top down twice, and staple shut twice. shake up, and pop for 2 mins, or until popping slows. tear bag open, pour in bowl, and add melted butter or other toppings. enjoy!

  4. Thank you for the tips.

    @Jenn – love the idea of adding all those flavours, must try it next time… sounds absolutely delicious.

    @ButterYum – what a great idea, why I did not think of coconut oil before? ;)

    @Susan – I was wondering how to make it in microwave but I wasn’t sure if normal paper bag would work, thank you for the tip :)

  5. Auntie Kathy says:

    I sometimes find that butter burns if you use it ‘as is’. My secret is using ghee (clarified butter) instead of straight from the stick. Everything is better with butter, isn’t it?

  6. @Auntie Kathy – Great idea using clarified butter, thanks for the tip. Yes, everything taste soo much better with real butter, totally agree :)

  7. Oh I love popcorn. New dvd arrived in the post today, so I am going to surprise the family tonight. You just cant beat a movie and some buttery popcorn.

    Have to say I like the sweet variety too!

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