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Better Than Movie Theater Popcorn

This movie theater popcorn recipe uses real butter for cooking AND topping! It's better than any movie theater popcorn—and it's all natural, too.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 208 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 4 tablespoons ghee divided
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon popcorn salt see note to make your own


  1. In a large pot (Dutch oven sized) with a lid, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium high heat on the stove.  While heating, add 3 popcorn kernels; when these pop, you'll know the ghee is hot enough.

  2. When the 3 popcorn kernels pop, remove the pot from the heat and pour in the rest of the popcorn kernels.  Cover, leaving a crack for steam to escape, and shake to coat the kernels in ghee.  Place the pot back on the hot burner right away.

  3. Continue to shake the pot gently to keep the kernels moving.  The kernels will begin to pop, then will pop rapidly, then will slow to a pop or two every few seconds.  When the popping slows, remove the pot from the heat and pour the popcorn into a large bowl.

  4. Drop the other two tablespoons of ghee into the hot pot.  The ghee will melt quickly.  Drizzle the melted ghee over the popcorn, stopping to stir to coat.  Sprinkle half of the salt evenly over the popcorn, then stir.  Sprinkle the remaining salt and stir again. 

  5. If desired, you can return the popcorn to the warm pot to keep the popcorn warm and to soak up extra ghee remaining in the pot.

Nutrition Facts
Better Than Movie Theater Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 583mg25%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2g4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.