Olive Oil Popcorn

A better way to make this fun and healthy snack!
Servings 4 +


Optional extras: 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese,

  • 1/4 cup Italian Seasoning


  • Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat. Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels
  • into the oil and cover the pan. When the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn
  • kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds.
  • (This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds
  • brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are
  • put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.)
  • Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once.
  • Once the popping begins, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the
  • burner. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the
  • popcorn will be drier and crisper).
  • Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the
  • heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl. Add salt
  • to taste (and Parmesan cheese and seasoning if you would like) and toss.
  • **if you add salt to the oil in the pan before popping, when the popcorn pops,
  • the salt will be well-distributed throughout the popcorn
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