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A bowl of popcorn with a jar of kernels in the back and another bowl of popcorn
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Homemade Movie Popcorn

Easy, homemade movie popcorn that tastes just like a bag you get from the movie theater only better.
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: After-school snacks, butter, popcorn, snack, snacks
Servings: 4
Author: Alyssa & Marissa


  • 2 Tbsp Popcorn Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 1 Tsp Popcorn Salt more for taste
  • 1/2 Cup Butter


  • In a small saucepan melt the butter on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Using a strainer and paper towels strain the butter into a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a 3-quart pan with a lid add the popcorn oil on medium-low heat.
  • Add two or three kernels and close the lid. Wait for the kernels to pop.
  • Once the kernels have popped your oil is ready. Remove the popped kernels to avoid them from burning.
  • Add in the rest of the kernels and popcorn salt. Stir quickly or close the lid shake the pan a few times.
  • Let the popcorn kernels pop. Once the popping has slowed down remove from heat.
  • Keep the lid on the pan until all the kernels have popped (you don't hear any more popping).
  • In a large bowl add the popcorn and desired amount of butter. You can also add more popcorn salt if you like. Mix everything together.
  • Grab a large bowl to add your popcorn and enjoy!


Note: You can also layer your butter if you want an even amount of butter on your popcorn.  Start with a bottom layer of popcorn, then add butter, and then mix together. Keep adding layers of the popcorn and butter until you have used up all the popcorn. You don't need to use all the butter.