Butter Popcorn Recipe – Sharmis Passions

Butter Popcorn is a tasty snack made by roasting corn kernels till it pops and tossing it with butter and salt. Butter Popcorn is a traditional snack served at theaters & super markets. Butter Popcorn is quite addictive and best to relish with tea.

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Butter Popcorn is an instant snack for evening tea time that could be made at home fresh and does not need popcorn machines. The packed ones available at theaters are not fresh these days and I rely on the home made Butter Popcorn for fresh, buttery and salty snack needs.

About Butter Popcorn

Butter Popcorn is a buttery, filling snack popped by roasting corn kernels in a closed container and tossing it with butter and seasonings. Butter Popcorn is a healthy & tasty twist to the regular classic salted popcorn which the family will crave for more and ask for a repeat.

If you are a fan of theater style butter popcorn then this Butter Popcorn Recipe is just for you. Salty buttery crunchy popcorns ready for movie time at home…What else?!

More Popcorn Recipes

Theatrical Butter Popcorn at home

I was searching for small popcorn tubs to mimic theater experience at home. However I couldn’t find it so decided to make DIY popcorn tubs. Mittu and I tried this at home, though not perfect, I like it. First tried a trial one with paper then with chart. I am sure making popcorn tubs will relax your mind and engage qualitatively with kids.

Are popcorns and sweet corns same?

No they are not the same – though they belong to the same corn family. Popcorn & Sweet corn are two of six major types of corn, which includes dent corn, flint corn, pod corn and flour corn. Popcorn kernels have strong exterior skinand starchy inside while the other varieties are softer & floury. Butter Popcorn hence eventually had to be made from popcorn and likewise sweet corn & others.

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Butter Popcorn Ingredients

  • Popcorn Kernels: Make sure to buy popcorn kernels and not the regular corn kernels from the store as all the varieties of corn kernels do not pop.
  • Butter: Use fresh, homemade butter if available else you can use the store bought ones. Adjust salt to the popcorn if you are adding salted or unsalted variety of butter.
  • Oil: Use regular cooking oil or olive oil for popcorn- however ensure they do not impact the flavor of the popcorn as oils like groundnut oil will radiate its flavor into the food it is added to.If you like the flavor of coconut oil then use it.
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Butter Popcorn

Butter Popcorn is a tasty snack made by roasting corn kernels till it pops and tossing it with butter and salt. Butter Popcorn is a traditional snack served at theaters & super markets. Butter Popcorn is quite addictive and best to relish with tea.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • First get all your ingredients ready.Make sure to buy popcorn kernels and not normal corn kernels.Take a thick bottomed pan with lid, I used my pressure cooker.Add 2 tbsp oil to it.

  • Swirl the pan so that oil is evenly distributed. Heat oil.

  • Once oil is heated add a kernel to check.

  • It will pop up in a few seconds.This is the right temperature we need.

  • Now add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.

  • Give a quick stir.

  • Add it, give a quick stir and cover it with a lid.Cook in medium flame.

  • It will start popping.

  • Now lift the pan from flame and shake it for 2 seconds then place in flame.Repeat this in inervals.

  • Let the kernels pop fully. Once the popping sound is stopped, you can switch off flame.

  • Open and give a quick mix. Remove from flame.

  • Check see all the seeds are completely popped.

  • To a tadka pan add 1 tbsp butter, let it melt.

  • Add melted butter at the sides.

  • Add salt to taste.

  • Wipe off the lid liner surface with a dry cloth.

  • Close with the lid and shake well for butter and salt to coat evenly.

  • Thats all Butter Popcorn is ready.

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Notes

  • Cook covered as the kernels will pop outside the container otherwise.
  • Choose a heavy bottomed wide pan preferably.
  • While cooking covered takes care not to burn so adjust the flame accordingly.
  • Make sure to use lid with vent. IF you do not have such a lid then close the lid leaving space for the vapor to escape.
  • Make sure to stir the kernels well so that is evenly coated in oil.

Nutrition Facts

Butter Popcorn

Amount Per Serving (32 g)

Calories 328
Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Fat 21g32%

Saturated Fat 6g38%

Trans Fat 0.2g

Polyunsaturated Fat 3g

Monnounsaturated Fat 12g

Cholesterol 15mg5%

Sodium 48mg2%

Potassium 114mg3%

Carbohydrates 30g10%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 0.4g0%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 175IU4%

Calcium 4mg0%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Butter Popcorn Step by Step

1.First get all your ingredients ready.Make sure to buy popcorn kernels and not normal corn kernels. Take a thick bottomed pan with lid. I used my pressure cooker. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to it.

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2.Swirl the pan so that oil is evenly distributed. Heat oil.

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3.Once oil is heated add a popcorn kernel to check.

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4.It will pop up in a few seconds.This is the right temperature we need.

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5.Now add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.

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6.Give a quick stir.

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7.Cover it with a lid. The lid should have a vent else close with lid partially for the vapor to escape. Keep flame in low medium.

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8.It will start popping.

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9.Now lift the pan from flame and shake it for 2 seconds then place in flame.Repeat this in intervals for all the seeds to pop evenly.

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10.Let the kernels pop completely. Once the popping sound is stopped, you can switch off flame. Immediately open the lid once popping stops else the water droplets may drop into the popcorn making it soggy,

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11.Open and give a quick mix. Remove from flame.

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12.Give a quick stir – Check to see if all the seeds are completely popped.

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13.To a tadka pan add 1 tbsp butter, let it melt.

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14.Add melted butter at the sides.

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15.Add salt to taste.

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16.Wipe off the lid inner surface with a dry cloth.

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17.Close with the lid and shake well for butter and salt to coat evenly.

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18.Thats all Homemade Butter Popcorn is ready.

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Expert Tips

  • Cook covered as the kernels will pop outside the container otherwise.
  • Choose a heavy bottomed wide pan preferably.
  • While cooking covered takes care not to burn so adjust the flame accordingly.
  • Make sure to use lid with vent. IF you do not have such a lid then close the lid leaving space for the vapor to escape.
  • Make sure to stir the kernels well so that is evenly coated in oil.

Variations

Try the following variations of Butter Popcorn

  • If you like the lemon flavour, Add lemon zest to popped corn.
  • Toss the butter popcorn with seasonings like cheese powder, oregano, spice powders based on your preferences.

Serving & Storing Suggestions

Pop the corn fresh every time you need it so as to consume fresh and flavourful. However if you have left overs, you can store it an air tight container for a week together.

Butter Popcorn is ideal to be served in DIY tubs, big containers so that everyone pounce on it centrally.

FAQs

1.What is Butter Popcorn?

Butter Popcorn is a tasty snack made by roasting corn kernels till it pops and tossing it with butter.

2.How do you make Butter Popcorn?

  • Heat few tbsp of oil in medium flame in a thick bottomed pan
  • To test the right heat of the pan, test with just 2 corn kernels to see if it pops. When it pops, add all the popcorn kernels.
  • Toss the pan & roast until all the kernels are popped out.
  • Once the popping sound is stopped, you can switch off flame and remove it. Set aside.
  • Melt butter till it melts.
  • Add this to popcorn along with salt and toss it well.

3.Some of the kernels are not popping – What is the issue?

Either the container is narrow or the corn kernels are overcrowded that some of them do not get sufficient heat/oil coated to get popped. If the pop corn kernels have good moisture it takes time to pop.

4.How to make Butter Popcorn in Instant pot?

  • Add popcorn kernels in the container of Instant pot
  • Set “saute” mode for 10 mins. Heat oil then check by adding a kernel once it pops out then add popcorn kernels. Give a quick mix. Cook covered.
  • Add butter to the popcorn and toss it – Instant Pot Butter Popcorn is ready.

5.How to make Butter Popcorn in Oven?

  • Preheat the oven
  • Heat to 180 deg c for 10 mins or until corns pop.
  • Add butter to the popcorn and toss it – Oven Butter Popcorn is ready.

6.Can I use the regular corn kernels to make popcorn?

No only popcorn kernels pop – sweet corn or other varieties of corn does not pop. Popcorn are special variety of corn allowed to mature so that they develop hard skin enclosing moisture which pops out when roasted/heated.

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