Popcorn: Air Popped On The Stovetop

I am not the biggest fan of popcorn, but lately, it has become my go to snack for late night eating when there is no fruit in the house.

Last night was my first time eating “naked” popcorn: no oil, no salt, no “butter” — just popcorn. And I liked it.

To air pop popcorn on the stovetop, you will need:

1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup popcorn kernels


  1. Place your dutch oven or large stockpot, lid off, onto a burner set to medium heat, for 2 to 4 minutes. My stovetop is glass, with induction heat, and I let my 8 quart stockpot preheat for 4 minutes, set to #5 (out of 10).
  2. Pour 1 tablespoon of water into the stockpot. Then add your popcorn kernels. Cover with lid.
  3. It takes a few minutes for the first kernels to begin popping. Shake the stockpot vigorously every few minutes. I lift mine completely off the stove to shake it, so I do not scratch the stove’s surface. Continue this way until the popping slows to 2 to 3 seconds between pops.
  4. Remove from heat. Carefully remove the lid, as some kernels will continue to pop. Pour into a large bowl. Serve and enjoy!

Please Note:

If you add too much water, your kernels will not pop. You really only need one tablespoon of water.

Also, if your stockpot is not warm enough before you add water, it can affect your results as well. If in doubt, let your stockpot preheat for the full 4 minutes.

Good luck and happy eating!

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