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Homemade Movie Theater Popcorn

Best part of going to a movie? It’s movie theater popcorn! But no need to go to theater to enjoy the best popcorn, make the buttery, salty, crunchy popcorn right at home in 10 minutes and popcorn stays fresh and crisp for days!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Western
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 167kcal


  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ½ cup clarified butter or ghee – you’ll need 1 stick butter to make clarified butter
  • Salt to taste


Choosing The Pot-

  • Choose a large pot that has a lid. I like to use pot with glass lid, helps me peek in when lid is closed. Also keep in mind you want to use pot that is not too heavy. Cast iron pot isn’t idle for making popcorn, as you have to frequently shake the pot to prevent popcorn from burning.

Ghee or Clarified Butter-

  • Before you start popping, have clarified butter (note above section on how to make clarified butter at home) melted and ready.

Popcorn Salt-

  • You should also have popcorn salt ready near you.
  • Popcorn salt is nothing but regular salt with super fine texture. Take kosher salt and grind it in salt grinder or mortar-pestle until fine. Keep it next to use to sprinkle on popcorn soon as it’s ready.
    grinding salt in mortal pestle to make movie style popcorn

Make Popcorn-

  • Keep large pot on stove and heat it. I wait until pot is hot enough before I add coconut oil.
  • Add coconut oil and swirl it around to coat the pop with oil all over.
    coconut oil heated in large pot to make movie style popcorn
  • Once coconut oil is hot, add popcorn kernels into it.
    popcorn kernels in large pot to make movie style popcorn
  • Swirl it around again to coat all kernels in coconut oil.
    popcorn kernels in large pot to make movie style popcorn
  • Note – popcorn kernels should be in single layer so all kernels gets heated evenly and pop. Highly advisable to make popcorn in smaller batches. If you add too much popcorn kernels into the pot making them sit one on top of another, the kernels on the bottom will receive good heat and has more chance to pop, while the popcorn kernels sitting on top of bottom layer of popcorn will not be heated enough and might not pop.
  • Wait until one or two popcorn begins to pop.
  • Cover pot with lid, slightly ajar to release steam.
    Note – I used glass lid pot with a small hole in it which helps to release steam. If you have lid with hole in it, cover it fully. If the lid does not have a hole or if you are using pressure cooker, place the lid in a way with a small gap to release steam.
    making homemade movie style popcorn in large pot with lid
  • Shake briefly every 30 seconds or so to prevent burning.
  • When all kernels have popped, you’ll hear popping slow down.
  • Turn off heat and remove pan from the heat. Let popcorn sit for a minute or two so the popping stops completely.
    making homemade movie style popcorn in large pot with lid
  • While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle salt (to taste).
    adding popcorn salt to freshly popped popcorn
  • Pour melted warm clarified butter or ghee.
    adding ghee to freshly popped popcorn
  • Toss well to evenly coat popcorn in salt and ghee.
    shaking popcorn in large tub made on stove top
  • Serve movie theater popcorn immediately.
  • Or let it cool completely and then store in air tight container.



  1. Combination of coconut oil to pop kernels and clarified butter or ghee pour on popcorn once ready is what will give you movie theater popcorn that stays crunchy for days. Do not alter this step.
  2. Use corn kernels used for making popcorn.
  3. Shake pot briefly every 30 seconds to prevent burning.
  4. Do not load up the pot, do small batches of popcorn at a time. You want to have kernels cover the bottom of the pot in single layer.
  5. If storing popcorn, ensure to cool completely before transferring to air tight containers.
I got 8 servings (small popcorn serving tubs) of popcorn.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg