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Popcorn with Oil

This popcorn is made with oil and without butter making it dairy free. You can use pretty much any oil you want including coconut oil and olive oil.

popcorn in a white bowl on a white marble counter

Popcorn is a great healthy snack and perfect for home movie nights.

Stove-top popcorn has one main benefit over microwave popcorn and that is that it stays fresher longer.

Another great and easy movie night snack is kettle corn. I love it’s sweet and salty flavor combination but it’s less ideal if you’re watching your waste-line.

What is the best oil to use for popcorn?

Honestly, it doesn’t really matter which oil you use as long as it is safe for cooking and doesn’t have a very low smoke point.

I use whatever I have on hand like canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil. You can also use coconut oil, I don’t really notice much if any coconut flavor.

Is popcorn dairy?

Popcorn itself isn’t dairy. However, most popcorn you buy at movie theaters or microwaveable popcorn does include dairy in it.

This recipe is completely dairy free because it only uses oil and no butter whatsoever.

Is popcorn healthy?

Regular popcorn like the one in this recipe is a healthy snack if lightly seasoned.

This is because because it’s a whole grain and high-fiber. Similar foods have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, as well as other health problems.


The first time I made popcorn on the stove I didn’t know to shake it or when to take it off the heat. This lead to slightly stale and overcooked popcorn.

Yield: 4 servings

Popcorn with Oil

popcorn in a white bowl on a white marble counter

This popcorn is made with oil making it a great dairy free snack. You can use pretty much any oil you'd like including coconut oil and olive oi.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • Salt, to taste


    1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom large pot.
    2. Add 2 or 3 popcorn kernels and wait for them to pop.
    3. Once they've popped, add the rest of the popcorn kernels in an even layer.
    4. Cover the pot, remove from heat and count 30 seconds to bring all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature.
    5. Return the pan to the heat. Once the popping starts really popping, gently shake the pot by moving it back and forth over the burner.
    6. Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat and pour the popcorn into a wide bowl.


*you an use any heat safe food grade oil you want including olive oil and coconut oil.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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