Homemade popcorn is one of the cheapest snacks out there. In my opinion, homemade popcorn blows microwave popcorn out of the water taste-wise. And it is so much cheaper.
The Cost = $.23
I bought a big bag of popcorn for $1.80. I used about 1/2 cup to make a large bowl of popcorn, which cost me approximately 13 cents. Add in about 10 cents for the coconut oil, and you have one of the cheapest snack recipes ever.
Making Oil-Popped Popcorn Taste Even Better
To customize your popcorn, play around with different seasonings, spices, and add-ins. Here are some that I like:
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Dry ranch dressing mix
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Hot sauce (combined with melted butter to avoid soggy popcorn)
- Butter infused with rosemary or other fresh herbs
This recipe is part of the $10 Food Day series: Four recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack) that will feed a family of four for less than $10 for the entire day. This sea salt popcorn is the snack. View the other recipes:
- Breakfast: Berry baked oatmeal
- Lunch: Tomato and lentil soup
- Dinner: Amazing three-ingredient pasta sauce
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Sea Salt Popcorn Recipe
Yield: 4 large servings
Cook Time: 3 min
Total Time: 5 min
Once you get the hang of making popcorn on the stovetop, you'll never go back to the microwave variety.
1/2 to 2/3 cup unpopped popcorn (or enough to cover the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan)
2 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil, but vegetable or canola oil also work well. I would not recommend using olive oil for popcorn making.)
1 pinch fine grain sea salt
Start with a medium saucepan with a lid (a 3-quart size saucepan works well). Place enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the saucepan (this will be a little more than 1/2 cup, most likely). Pour in 2 tablespoons of oil, and rotate the pan to evenly coat. Add a pinch of sea salt and cover the pan.
Turn the stove on to medium-high heat. Shake the pan every 20 seconds or so to evenly distribute kernels and to avoid burning. The popcorn kernels will begin to pop after about 2 minutes. Continue popping until there is a second or two between pops. Remove from heat and keep the cover on for a bit, as some stray kernals may still pop. Pour into a large bowl, and add melted butter and additional sea salt, if desired.