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Perfect Butter Popcorn Recipe

This delicious butter popcorn is the perfect snack for movie nights, parties, or just a tasty treat. With its rich buttery flavor and satisfying crunch, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make at home. Follow this recipe for perfectly popped, buttery, and irresistibly tasty popcorn.

Why You’ll Love This Popcorn Butter

  • Easy and quick to make
  • Uses simple, readily available ingredients
  • The perfect balance of buttery goodness
  • Ideal for movie nights, parties, or a snack

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or any neutral oil)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)


  1. Prepare the Pot: In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Pop the Kernels: Add a few popcorn kernels to the pot and cover. Once they pop, add the rest of the kernels in an even layer. Cover the pot again and remove from heat for 30 seconds.
  3. Pop the Popcorn: Return the pot to the heat and cook, shaking the pot occasionally. Keep the lid slightly ajar to let steam escape. Continue cooking until popping slows to about 2 seconds between pops, then remove from heat.
  4. Melt the Butter: In a separate small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat.
  5. Combine: Pour the melted butter over the popped popcorn. Sprinkle with salt and toss well to coat evenly.
  6. Serve: Transfer the butter popcorn to a large bowl and enjoy immediately.

Serving Suggestions

  • Sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.
  • Add a pinch of chili powder or paprika for a spicy kick.
  • Mix in some grated Parmesan cheese for extra richness.

How to Store Popcorn Butter

  • Short-Term: Store leftover popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • Long-Term: For the best flavor, popcorn is best eaten fresh. Avoid refrigerating or freezing as it can make the popcorn chewy.

Additional Tips

  • Substitutions: Use coconut oil or olive oil instead of vegetable oil for different flavor profiles.
  • Troubleshooting: If popcorn is soggy, ensure your butter is not too hot when pouring over the popcorn. This helps maintain the crunch.

Perfect Butter Popcorn Recipe

Recipe by Rose HernandezCourse: SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add a few kernels to the pot. Once they pop, add the rest of the kernels and cover.
  • Remove from heat for 30 seconds, then return to the heat, shaking the pot occasionally.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  • Pour melted butter over popped popcorn, sprinkle with salt, and toss well.
  • Serve immediately.

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