popcorn in 2 bowls

Stovetop Spiced Butter Popcorn

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    Movie theater popcorn, but make it at home! Now you can get all the buttery goodness of movie theater popcorn in the comfort of your own home in just 10 minutes!


    This stovetop spiced butter popcorn combines the movie-theater butter vibes with a Mexican spice for a surprisingly satisfying flavor pairing. 

    Who else is sick of buying overly-priced and overly-processed popcorn? A microwave bag of popcorn usually contains bad-for-you oils and dyes that we just do not need to be consuming! And don’t even get me started on the price of a bag of popcorn at the movie theater, it’s robbery! 

    This stovetop spiced butter popcorn recipe will achieve the movie-theater popcorn of your dreams AND because it’s made with clarified butter (ghee) it will last for days. Whether you’re staying at home or venturing into a movie theater, you’ll want this popcorn recipe by your side.

    How does the popcorn not get soggy? Like I mentioned above, it’s all about the ghee, a type of clarified butter. Ghee is just melted butter that has been simmered to the point where it’s pure butter fat. All the water in the butter has evaporated, so when you pour it over the popcorn, because there isn’t any moisture, it will stay crisp and not get soggy! 

    Have I convinced you yet to make this popcorn? If I were you I would consider smuggling it into the theater with you the next time you go! ;)

    popcorn and bowl of butter spice

    Ingredients in Stovetop Spiced Butter Popcorn

    Popcorn Kernels: Unpopped, whole popcorn kernels

    Everything but the Elote Seasoning: Found at Trader Joe’s or can be made from a combination of salt, chili powder, cayenne powder, dried cilantro, and ground cumin.

    Ghee: Clarified butter is key to this recipe. Don’t try popping your kernels with regular butter. A cooking oil or clarified butter is needed because they have a higher smoke point, meaning you can cook the kernels at a high temperature on the stove and they won’t burn. Ghee is shelf stable so you'll find it in the condiments aisle of the grocery store or here on Amazon.

    popcorn drizzled with spiced butter

    Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe

    • Deep pan with a lid
    • Large bowl and small microwave safe bowl 
    • Kitchen timer

     

    popcorn covered with spiced butter

    How to Make Stovetop Spiced Butter Popcorn

    Step One: In a large and deep pot, melt 2 tbsp ghee on medium heat. Add 3-4 test popcorn kernels to the pot and cover it with a lid. When the test kernels pop, turn the burner off and remove the pot from the heat.

    Step Two: Add remaining ½ cup of popcorn kernels to the pot, cover it with a lid, and shake the kernels to distribute them evenly. Let the kernels rest in the melted ghee for 1 minute.

    Step Three: After 1 minute is up, return the pot back to the burner on medium heat. Let the kernels cook, occasionally shaking the pot to distribute the heat evenly across the kernels. When the kernels begin to pop, let some air out of the pot by tilting the lid slightly ajar.

    Step Four: You will know when the popcorn has completed cooking with the pops slow down to one every ~10 seconds. Remove popcorn from the heat and dump into a large bowl. Set aside.

    Step Five: In your microwave, melt 2 tbsp of ghee in a small bowl for 30 seconds. Stir in 2 teaspoons of elote seasoning and ¼ salt and pour over the popped popcorn. Serve and enjoy!

    popcorn in 2 bowls

    Stovetop Spiced Butter Popcorn

    Movie theater popcorn, but make it at home! Now you can get all the buttery goodness of movie theater popcorn in the comfort of your own home in just 10 minutes!


    Prep time: 2 minutes |

    Cook time: 10 minutes |

    Total time: 12 minutes

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 5

    Ingredients:

    Ingredients for Popcorn

    Ingredients for Spiced Butter Topping


    Directions:

    1. In a large, deep pot, melt 2 tbsp ghee on medium heat.
    2. Add 3-4 popcorn kernels to the pot and cover with a lid. 
    3. When the test kernels pop, turn the burner off and remove the pot from the heat. 
    4. Add the remaining kernels, cover with the lid, and shake the pot to distribute the kernels evenly. Let rest for 1 minute.
    5. Return the pot back to the burner on medium heat. Let the popcorn cook, occasionally shaking it to distribute the kernels across the heat.
    6. When kernels begin to pop, let some air into the pot by tilting the lid slightly. 
    7. Popcorn will be done when the popping slows down to one pop every ~10 seconds.
    8. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
    9. In a microwave, melt another 2 tbsp of ghee for 30 seconds. Stir in the elote seasoning and salt.
    10. Pour spiced butter mixture over the popped popcorn. Serve and enjoy!
    Notes:
    1. If you don’t have ghee, replace it with a cooking oil like coconut, vegetable, or canola to pop the kernels with. If you use regular butter to pop the kernels, it doesn’t have a high enough smoke point like ghee or cooking oils do, so there is the possibility that it will burn.
    2. The ghee in the spiced butter topping makes this popcorn stay fresh and crispy for days (when stored in an airtight container) regular butter will not produce the same results.
    3. To make your own elote seasoning combine in a small bowl, 1 tsp paprika, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp chili powder, ½ tsp cayenne pepper powder, ½ tsp dried cilantro, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper.
    4. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
    5. Feel free to adjust the ratio of ghee and elote spice to your preference - this recipe is light on the topping, but you can certainly double the spiced butter mixture if you want it extra buttery/spicy!

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size ~2 cups

    Serves 5


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 114
    Total Fat 12.3g
      Saturated Fat 7.2g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 228.3mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.7g
      Dietary Fiber 0.1g
      Sugars 0g
    Protein 0.1g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Stovetop Spiced Butter Popcorn


    Author: Christine

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    Course: Snacks

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    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Simple Recipe, Popcorn, Healthy Snack


    Ratings and reviews (4)

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    Lyssa 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Okay, I had no idea one could even dress stovetop popcorn so well! This is amazing!

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    Maureen 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    I never knew that ghee could be added to popcorn without making it soggy. I will definitely have to try this recipe!

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    Hailey | The Restless Adventurer
    4 months, 2 weeks ago

    This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.

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    Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
    4 months, 2 weeks ago

    This sounds like a great savoury popcorn. I often pop my corn on the stove top, but usually just do the same old butter and salt. Love this version!

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