My Favorite Party Snack: Stovetop Popcorn

by Natalie on January 29, 2015

stovetoppopcornAnytime there’s a casual party, and someone asks me to bring something, I almost always bring this! I think popcorn is the perfect snack. It’s satisfying, and incredibly easy to make. From a nutritional standpoint, I love that it’s a whole grain. Much better than processed chips or crackers.

I abandoned microwave popcorn after college, and have since used the stovetop method. It tastes wonderful this way, and I feel much better avoiding all the cheap oils, flavoring agents, etc found in traditional microwave popcorn.

The Superbowl is this weekend, and I will most likely bring this:)

Stovetop Popcorn

makes about 5 cups


  • 1 heaping Tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • salt to taste


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 3 popcorn kernels to the pot and cover.

2. When the kernels pop, take the pan off the heat and add the rest of your kernels. Shake the pan so the kernels evenly cover the bottom. Cover the pan and put back on the heat.

3. Once you hear the kernels pop, shake the pan every 10 seconds or so. At this point you also want to crack the lid slightly so steam can escape. Continue this way until the popping stops. Remove from heat, and remove cover completely (be careful- some stray kernels will continue to pop).

4. Pour into bowl and salt to taste. Add additional toppings if desired.

My Favorite Toppings

Plain salt is great, but sometimes I like to add a little something extra. Here’s my fav’s:

  • Melted butter or ghee
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Hot sauce

Do you make stovetop popcorn? What other healthy-ish party snacks do you like to bring? Leave a comment below.


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Nancy Weiss January 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Hi Natalie,
My go party snack is Rosemary Almonds and its easy to make.
2 tbs. sugar
1/2 teas. course salt
2 tbs. honey
2 cups raw whole almonds
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
red cayenne pepper (few dashes)
preheat oven to 375 degrees, heat butter and honey, in a large skillet until bubbly,add almonds and rosemary, toss with sugar, cayenne pepper, and salt, transfer to a baking sheet and roast 8-9 minutes

Natalie January 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for sharing! So tasty:)

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