How to make homemade popcorn

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

We love popcorn here, great to put into the kids school lunchboxes, a side to fruit for afternoon tea and to snack on while watching a movie!  I used to purchase the microwave popcorn packets, but have also found it’s really easy to make at home, no need for a special gadget, just need a saucepan!



Homemade Popcorn

  • Author: Katrina Springer
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels


  1. Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add oil, then add the popcorn kernels and cover saucepan.
  3. Cook until you can hear the first kernel pop.
  4. Shake pop and slightly ajar the saucepan lid.
  5. Continue to shake saucepan occasionally, with lid ajar for approximately 3-4 minutes or until the kernels stop popping.
  6. Transfer to a bowl.

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Robyn November 24, 2015 - 9:24 AM

I put the kernels in a brown paper bag and pop in the microwave for about 1 min 20 sec and eat straight out of the bag – no dirtying pans or containers!

Kate - Kat's Assistant November 25, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Love the sound of no mess to clean up, Robyn!

Judith July 17, 2018 - 2:19 PM

I’ve been making popcorn this way for over 40 yrs when my eldest daughter started school and I wanted an economical after-school snack for her. I did have a popcorn maker for a short time but liked the saucepan method best. Always a bit hard to be careful about the butter on it though!!


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