Stovetop Old Bay Popcorn
I’m kind of embarrassed to share this recipe. I mean, I’m telling you how to make popcorn and then toss it with melted butter and a (pre-blended) spice mix. Not exactly rocket science, I know. But gosh, this stuff is good.
It is my new favorite snack. I’m not even that much of a popcorn fanatic, but give me all the Old Bay stove top popcorn.
It combines everything that is great about summer: corn, Old Bay, and snacks.
Learning how to make stovetop popcorn was definitely an ‘ah-ha’ moment for me. Similar to that feeling that you get when you make homemade sourdough for the first time.
The “why haven’t I always been doing this?” moment.
If you’ve never popped popcorn on the stovetop, try it! It is incredibly easy, and after you do it you’ll never want to make popcorn in the microwave ever again.
You can make as little or as much popcorn as you want anytime and it is very affordable. It would probably take me a year (maybe two) to go through an entire bag of popcorn kernels. They go a long way.
The trick to popping popcorn kernels on the stove is to heat a little bit of oil (safflower, or practically any oil will work, even melted ghee) in a large pot on the stove.
Test a few kernels to check the temperature, add the kernels, reduce the heat, cover the pot tightly with a lid, and shake it back and forth. Word to the wise? Don’t peek or open the lid!
Once the popping slows down dramatically (similar to the microwave method), remove the pot from the heat and immediately throw the popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with melted (unsalted) butter, top with a generous amount of Old Bay, and toss to coat.
Since Old Bay seasoning contains salt already, the final result ends up being perfectly seasoned. It has just enough of a kick to have you coming back for more!
Old Bay Popcorn
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) safflower oil
- ½ cup yellow corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- Place the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl, cover, and melt in the microwave. Set aside at room temperature.
- Heat the oil in a large saucepot (5 quarts in size) over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add 3 to 4 kernels of corn, cover the pot, and wait until they have popped. Immediately add the remaining popcorn kernels, and cover the pot tightly with a lid again.
- Once the popping begins, immediately reduce the heat to medium or medium-low. Holding the lid closed with one hand, and holding the handle of the pot with the other, shake the pan back and forth as the popcorn begins to pop. Continue to do this until the popping slows down significantly and remove the popcorn from the heat.
- Dump the popcorn in a large bowl, drizzle with the melted butter and toss together until well distributed. Add the Old Bay seasoning, and continue to toss the popcorn until it is evenly coated with the spice mixture. Serve immediately.
- Popcorn can be stored in an air-tight container or large Ziploc bag for up to three days.
23 Comments on “Stovetop Old Bay Popcorn”
What a good way to spice it up! I have never thought of using Old Bay before, thanks for the great idea! I know what my night is going to look like…
Keep up the great work, and thank you!
So, I am still a homemade popcorn virgin and it is all kinds of tragic. And I’m not sure that I’ve ever had Old Bay seasoning either. Unacceptable!
I think I need to hang that photo of the popcorn kernels on my kitchen wall. 🙂 Gorgeous. I <3 all things popcorn.
Aww, thanks Rachel! You’re so kind!
This is exactly what I want to snack on tonight! I’m always looking for new ways to use Old Bay, too. The container seems to sit in my cabinet for YEARS.
Oh my gosh! I totally know what you mean–I always hesitate to buy a thing of it, because I never know how I will use it in a reasonable time period, but this snack helps 🙂
I’m not a popcorn person (crazy I know), BUT when I do eat it, there has to be tons of yummy seasoning on it, so THIS popcorn, this I’d be down with!
oh man, this is going to be my new snack! We are obsessed with the Utz old bay chips over here, I love this alternative!
I’ve never had those! You definitely need to make this then!
I’m new to the whole old bay thing, but I’m sure it’s amazing on this popcorn 🙂
It is!! Thanks Laura!
why is Old Bay just SO freakin’ summery!?! love this simple idea, perfect for summer snacking 😉
I agree!!!! So summery
I’ve admittedly never made popcorn on the stove, but when I was a kid I used to make microwave popcorn and douse it in Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning. This reminds me of a much classier (less sodium ridden) version! I suddenly have a nostalgic craving for both popcorn AND crab 🙂
Never had that seasoning! You described my initial craving perfectly, haha!
Popcorn is my favorite snack of all time. I love trying new flavor infusions, and this sounds right up my alley! Also, from what you can see, the DIY cones are cute! You could have totally gotten away with one there 😉
I definitely need to work on my crafting skills, haha. Popcorn is so versatile, I love it.
I had no idea that you love old bay popcorn. Cute recipe for summer!
I didn’t know either until I made this! But I really like Old Bay 🙂
Over here we love popcorn. No really, we have one of those old time popcorn poppers and use it almost daily to make a batch for snacking. Excited to add a little spice next time!
That’s so cool! I’m sure you could come up with a million and one ways to flavor popcorn! 🙂
I’m so glad that someone else is as bad at making paper cones as me! Though from what I can see of yours they turned out pretty welll…. Either way, I would love to cram handfuls of this into my mouth with a cold drink, please.
Haha! Sooooooo bad.