Thursday, August 12, 2010

Recipe: Coconut Oil Popcorn

My sister first introduced me to this idea a few years ago. My husband and I went over to her house to watch a movie with her and her husband, and they made popcorn with coconut oil! It was delicious!

When people make popcorn, they usually make it in a microwave popper. But I don't exactly have one. I don't generally recommend cooking in a microwave anyway though, so it's all good!

And it's yet another way to squeeze some coconut oil into your diet!

My popcorn, and Lady with her frozen peas

So here is the method and "recipe" I use.

Heat about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pot over medium heat. Throw in 3 or 4 popcorn kernels (be sure to get organic so you know they're not genetically modified!) in the oil. When the kernels all pop. throw in another 1/2 cup of kernels and put the lid on. While the corn is popping, melt about 1/4-1/3 cup of butter in a small saucepan. Once the popping slows, your popcorn is ready! Now pour the butter over it, sprinkle on a little salt, and plop down on the couch for a movie!

Serves 2 or 3.


  1. Yum! I use an air popper (or microwave). This sounds so much yummier.

  2. This is how we started making popcorn after we "discovered" coconut oil, too...and yeah, it's absolutely the best! I don't know what it is about it, but YUM! =)

  3. Don't forget to shake the pot otherwise the kernels might burn. Shaking the pot is the best part, other than eating it of course!

  4. I shook it initially to coat the kernels in oil, but after that I just put the lid on and did the dishes while it popped. I didn't burn any! :)

  5. It sounds good...and heathy. Does it have a pretty distinct coconut taste?

  6. Stephanie, the coconut flavor is extremely mild--you can't even really tell it's coconut. It's delicious though!

  7. I didn't know that making popcorn on the stove was that easy, I always thought it had to be constantly shaken! :-D I have one of those electric stirring popcorn poppers and our family always used olive oil which is a million times better than the vegetable oils that everyone else used, but when I tried it with coconut oil the first time I was absolutely blown away. If you have a strong flavored cultured and/or spring butter to melt over it the combination tastes almost exactly like old school movie theater popcorn.

    BTW, this is a really weird tip or warning depending on your preference: I store my popcorn in a glass jar that once stored my spearmint leaves. Even though I'd washed the jar well, the popcorn seems to have absorbed some of the taste of the spearmint. It's super mild, but it does give it a little bit of a flavor punch. I rather like it, so if you want to mildly flavor your popcorn, try storing it in a glass jar with a bit of the spice, dried fruit or whatever you like in the jar with it (just make sure you don't shake it into the popper).

  8. That's really interesting, actually, I might have to think of something I'd like with/on popcorn and try that!

    I definitely don't shake mine lol. If I had to shake it, I would make it even less than I do now. Too much babysitting takes the fun out of the popcorn! I just make sure they're in a single layer on the bottom of the pot, shake them enough to cover the kernels with oil, put the lid on, and walk away!


    We use one of those--but you know that. We even gave one to Austin along with some CO and corn kernels (we prefer white corn over yellow--it goes better with the CO. Amish white popcorn is even better, 'cause then you skip the little husks!) and he uses it all the time. He said that was pretty much all he ate during his little stint in Seattle.

    Oh, and the popper is dishwasher safe :)

    @ Wordvixen: Theater popcorn was actually originally made with coconut oil, so that's why when you put butter on it it tastes like theater popcorn! So stinking YUM.

    You should post about how coconut oil can be used as a safe personal lubricant ;)
    If you're not going to eat all of those fake things, why include them in your marriage bed?

    Oh, and I love that picture of Lady. She's too stinking cute and I miss her little face.

  10. Amy, have you tried this??? lol

  11. When you get falsely diagnosed with vaginismus, you'll try anything you read to be safe--anything to make the doctor quit trying to make you buy dilators and prescription (read: $$$$) lubricants!

    Coconut oil also has antifungal properties that can be beneficial--aaaall over the body.

    It can also be used as a lotion; it's a great moisturizer (albeit oily at first--luckily it soaks in well!).

    CO isn't just good for eating ;)

  12. I know it has antifungal properties, and I definitely know it can be used as a lotion (I wrote about that in my review post that's scheduled to post on Sunday, actually), I just never thought to use it in that way. lol. But yeah, I guess it would be good for that! I don't know why it wouldn't be!

  13. I seriously love that picture of Lady.

    She looks so dang happy. And cute. I love the way she's holding her little bowl.

    And she is that short, blonde, lipless child I "prophesied" you would have.

  14. that is definitely what I was searching for, You have saved me alot of time


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