Making Homemade Popcorn


When Will and I first starting dating, the amount of popcorn I ate was shocking to him. I average of a few bags of popcorn each week. Soon, he told me how terrible microwaveable popcorn can be (because of carcinogens in the bags) and tried to convince me to make popcorn another way. But I didn’t really think there was another easy alternative. Buying seeds and cooking it on the stove top seemed time consuming and messy.

Soon after, Will came over for a movie night and gave me a Pop Pop kit, so I could easily make healthy popcorn at home. I was skeptical at first, but I decided to give it a go. Since then, I have come up with a few easy recipes, or as I like to call them, “delicious concoctions.” 🙂


  • 2 1/2 T. Orville Redenbacher Buttery Oil (substitutes are olive oil or melted butter)
  • 4 T. Popcorn kernels
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Optional Seasonings:

  1. 2 tsp. lemon pepper
  2. 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1 tsp. onion powder
  3. 2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt


  1. Add popcorn kernels to Pop Pop kit.
  2. Mix in buttery oil.
  3. Place the top on the Pop Pop and heat it in microwave for about 3 minutes. Note: The exact time will depend on your microwave, but it is much harder to burn popcorn this way, when compared to microwaveable bags.
  4. Add seasonings, as you like.
  5. Place the top back on the Pop Pop and shake the bowl to mix ingredients well. Enjoy!

This recipe makes about 6 cups of popcorn, almost filling the Pop Pop bowl. The optional seasonings above are a few of my favorites to create a fun and unique flavor. Of course, you can play around with the levels of seasoning to see just how much is right for you. My only tip is to try adding a little bit at a time, since you can always add more seasoning, but you can’t take it away.

Have you ever made popcorn this way or do you make it on the stove top? I’d love to hear if you have any recommended seasonings as well. In the D.C. area, a common concoction at restaurants is Old Bay seasoned popcorn. For me, the lemon pepper is my favorite flavor. It sounds a little odd, but it is SO good. Let me know if you try it.


Sarah Camille

P.S. If you like lemon pepper as well, try my seasoned crackers recipe.

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7 Replies to “Making Homemade Popcorn”

  1. Ah my gawd! I had a bag of popcorn yesterday for the first time in aaaaaggges and it was unbelievably tasty. So i started googling flavoured popcorn ideas to spice things up a bit. Then I see your post on FB and I HAD to comment! Coincidence, i think not. I shall be using some of your tips. And I had NO idea that popcorn bags are carcinogenic! WOW. Thanks for that info!

  2. I am a self-declared popcorn monster!!!! I could eat it for every meal of the day…literally!!! I use a Whirley Pop on my stovetop, it makes movie theater style popcorn in minutes, and we have a ton of homemade seasonings we use too! I have never tried it with lemon pepper though…mmm a new popcorn to try!

  3. My husband lovesss to make homage popcorn! We tried using a popcorn maker and he doesn’t like it as well as popping it on the stove with the pot ! It’s funny we just mentioned trying new seasoning! I’m going to try your recommendations

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