03 18 2014.

savory stovetop popcorn

Savory Stovetop Popcorn - Spice and Dice

I have a confession to make. I’m a popcorn fanatic. Popcorn is my go-to snack, and I will admit, I sometimes eat popcorn for meals.

Let me clarify for a second about what I mean by popcorn. I don’t mean the bagged popcorn you get from the grocery store and heat up in the microwave. I mean the kernels you buy in a bag and pop in some oil on your stove. That’s real popcorn.

I’m very particular about my popcorn: the type of oil I use, the length of time I let it sit on the stove, the number of times I swish or “agitate” the kernels while they’re heating up and the seasonings. I believe I’ve perfected the technique and I want to share (possibly the easiest and most delicious) recipe you’ll ever find on my blog.

Savory Stovetop Popcorn - Spice and Dice

Savory Stovetop Popcorn

yields: 5 cups popped corn


  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil*
  • 1 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

*You can use any oil you’d like, but I’ve found canola oil to be the best tasting!


  1. Pour the kernels and oil in a large pot. Cover. Turn your burner on high.
  2. While the oil heats up (should only take 1-2 minutes), using potholders, I pick up the pot and swirl the popcorn kernels and oil around in the pan every 15 seconds or so. This is the kind of recipe that requires you to watch over it at all times to avoid burning the popcorn. Agitating the kernels allows them to heat evenly and also gives you something to do while waiting!
  3. Once your first kernel pops, start swirling the kernels every 7-8 seconds or so.
  4. Remove the popcorn from the burner after 25 seconds or so, but continue to agitate. Place the pot on a different burner and wait until the popping stops. Note that these times are accurate for the 1/3 cup of kernels used. If you use more or fewer, your times will vary.
  5. Pour the popcorn into a fairly large bowl. Pour half of the seasonings on top. Stir well. Pour the second half on. Stir again. Eat, enjoy and never look back.

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