Brenda Gantt

Step into the realm of perfectly popped popcorn with our foolproof recipe. Say goodbye to microwavable bags with artificial flavors and burned kernels – we’ve designed this recipe to deliver impeccable popcorn, easily replicable right at home. Using a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven and a few key techniques, you’ll achieve a satisfying batch of light, fluffy popcorn that’s ready to be seasoned according to your preferences.


Makes 4 Quarts, Serves 6 to 8



  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • Salt



  1. Microwave the unsalted butter in a bowl at 50 percent power until it’s just melted, which should take about 1 to 3 minutes.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, combine the vegetable oil and popcorn kernels. Cover the Dutch oven and place it over medium-high heat. Shake the pot occasionally until the first few kernels begin to pop.
  3. Continue to cook, shaking the pot vigorously to prevent scorching, until the popping sound has mostly stopped. This indicates that most of the kernels have popped. Be attentive to prevent burning.
  4. Transfer the popped popcorn to a large bowl. Toss the popcorn with the melted butter and season it with salt to taste.
  5. Serve the Perfect Popcorn as a delightful snack for gatherings, movie nights, or any occasion where you crave a satisfying treat.



  • Garlic and Herb Popcorn: Elevate your popcorn with the flavors of garlic and fresh or dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, or dill. Mix minced garlic and herbs into the melted butter before tossing.
  • Parmesan-Pepper Popcorn: Add a kick to your popcorn by mixing black pepper into the melted butter. After tossing with butter, sprinkle grated Parmesan for a savory twist.
  • Cajun-Spiced Popcorn: Embark on a journey of flavor with Cajun spices. Combine red pepper flakes, minced thyme, hot sauce, garlic powder, paprika, and onion powder in the melted butter before tossing.
  • Hot and Sweet Popcorn: Satisfy both sweet and spicy cravings with this variation. Mix sugar, ground cinnamon, and chili powder into the melted butter before tossing for a delightful contrast of flavors.



  • A Dutch oven with a capacity of 5 to 6 quarts is ideal for making popcorn, as it ensures even heating and fewer unpopped kernels.
  • Shaking the Dutch oven vigorously while cooking prevents scorching and ensures even heat distribution.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven to prevent burning and maintain consistent heat.
  • The variations provided offer exciting flavor twists to your popcorn, allowing you to customize your snack experience.


From classic salted to inventive variations bursting with unique flavors, the journey to perfect popcorn is both delightful and delicious. Whether you’re hosting a cozy movie night, a lively get-together, or simply craving a comforting snack, our Perfect Popcorn recipe is your guide to achieving snack-time satisfaction like never before. Say hello to a world where crunchy, fluffy bites of popcorn take center stage, delivering pure joy with every munch.

Embrace the simplicity of popcorn while enjoying the vast possibilities of flavor. With our Perfect Popcorn recipe, you’ll be equipped to create a snack that suits your mood and cravings, elevating movie nights and gatherings to new heights of enjoyment.

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