Darn Near Perfect Popcorn

Darn Near Perfect Popcorn

If you’re feeling culinarily adventurous, try stirring in 1-2 tablespoons of Furikake (see note below) before adding the butter.

Why does popcorn taste so darn good? Well, for a start: pyrazines, phenols, pyrroles, carbanols and furans.

[yumprint-recipe id=’118′]Alton Brown's Perfect Popcorn with Furikake


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  1. 1
    James Jacobs

    I just tried this recipe for the third time this week and it’s fantastic! Thank you – much better than any previous method I’ve used. I find that using two sheets of foil on the bowl at a 90 degree angle from one another prevents any determined kernels from escaping the bowl. Also on my electric stove on medium heat it takes 4-5 minutes before any popping takes place so the whole process can take close to ten minutes which causes my carpal tunnel to act up. I’m afraid of turning up the heat because I know what it’s like to burn popcorn. Still the end result is worth it. For toppings I like a combination of butter, EVOO, nutritional yeast and cayenne pepper.

  2. 3

    Any kind of metal mixing bowl ? Stainless , aluminum , copper ? I thought I read somewhere certain metals couldn’t be used directly over heat.

  3. 4

    Using clarified butter or even Ghee is perfect all around… Takes care of flavor and cooking medium and with a smoke point of 486 it will get the job done… Just my two cents…

  4. 5
    Popcorn Junkie

    Use a regular pan instead of a mixing bowl, and add the butter to the oil while popping. When the popcorn pops it will soak up the butter with the oil and give it better flavor without ‘wilting’ the popcorn which happens when you pour hot butter over it after you pop. Salt it immediately after you pop and add whatever toppings you prefer.

  5. 7
    Rob Shields

    In Canada I own a whirley-pop (stupid fancy popcorn pot)
    I LOVE it…… my wife loves sugar popcorn

    1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil
    3 – 6 tablespoons white sugar
    1/3 cup popcorn

    I live in Spain now and am using an induction stove and NO whirley-pop *
    Can’t stop burning sugar to pot while trying!
    PLEASE Alton…. help me unlock the secret…..
    Sincerely, Canadian in foreign land.

    PS I please your good eats program on par with the original Bob Ross painting program (can watch them over and over)

  6. 8

    Gotta tell ya, butter with a bit of red miso stirred in and some togarashi and crumbled dried shallots is my absolute favorite so far.

  7. 9

    @Brad – Peanut oil does not contain any of the allergens that people with peanut allergies are sensitive to. It is completely safe to use.

  8. 13
    Austin Ray

    Try using ghee instead of popping oil. Use a little extra ghee when popping and you don’t need to even add the butter. We use a Teflon stock pot set to high heat on the stove. Works great! We prefer white popcorn for fewer hulls. I like the idea of making your own popcorn salt. We have been having a hard time finding it in the stores.

  9. 14

    I pop my corn in a lunch bag with two staples in a microwave. I add either Kerrygold butter or good EVOO & add salt & pepper & have added such things as smoked paprika or Creole seasonings.

  10. 18

    Nothing beats old-school stove top popcorn. To keep kernels from getting tough, I start with lid on cast iron Dutch oven, and switch from lid to splatter screen soon after popping starts to let steam out that makes kernels tough. I read it somewhere and use pickling and canning salt on my popcorn. It’s pretty fine grain, so it sticks really well.

  11. 19

    I have an old pressure cooker I saved just for making popcorn in. I can use it for other dishes as well so t’s not a single-tasker.

  12. 21

    Carla, I offer a wee bit of help with your spelling, and reputation; it’s “bowl”, not “bole”, and I am almost POSITIVE you meant “crushed pepper”, not “crushed pecker”.

  13. 24

    I just made this and I have to say it’s the easier sure fire way not to burn it and I put some trader Joe’s seasoning salt. The best. Thank you Alton love all your science behind the food

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