Best Homemade Movie Style Butter Popcorn

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This is the best homemade movie style butter popcorn recipe ever- with very simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions! No fancy equipment needed- just a pot with a lid! 

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Perfect Homemade Movie Style Butter Popcorn

My poor husband LOVES going to the movies. He’d pretty much live in a movie theater if he could. He loves everything about it- and I am kind of a movie grump.

Don’t get me wrong- I love the movies- but it’s always so crowded, you have to deal with listening to people chomp and fuss with food, if you have to get up to pee you can’t pause the show- and it’s so expensive! I know, I am a killjoy- but I love just cuddling up with a good movie and a glass of wine at home.

Except…. the popcorn. I LOVE movie theater popcorn! It’s hands down the best part of going to the movies, am I right??

bowl of popcorn

That’s why I am so excited to have a recipe for The Best Homemade Movie Style Popcorn. It is so addictive, easy, and delicious!

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My top secret? GHEE!

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A lot of people (myself included) get a bit freaked out by the term ghee- but it is just a type of clarified butter. It gives this popcorn a rich, salty, perfect flavor- and is super easy to cook with. I love ghee!

Hot tip- you can buy ghee for the BEST price at Trader Joe’s. I buy a couple bottles at a time. It’s amazing, and is SO delicious to cook with. I love it with broccoli, brussels sprouts, just about everything!

To get the perfect salt, you really need to buy a small tin of popcorn salt. It is very, very fine (so it spreads more easily) – and helps get the perfect flavor! You can usually find popcorn salt with seasonings in your grocery store- sometimes it is also with popcorn kernels. If you can’t find any, no worries! Pop some regular salt in a coffee grinder or food processor and pulse until super fine.

You can easily add other flavors to this recipe- like add some truffle salt, rosemary, fresh grated parmesan cheese… the options are endless!

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Best Homemade Movie Style Butter Popcorn

Best Homemade Movie Style Butter Popcorn

Yield: 2 quarts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

This is the best homemade movie style butter popcorn recipe ever- with very simple ingredients and easy to follow instructions! No fancy equipment needed- just a pot with a lid!


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

For the topping:

  • 3 tbsp ghee/clarified butter
  • popcorn salt (pulse salt in food processor until super fine if you don't have popcorn salt)


  1. In a tall pan, melt clarified butter with grapeseed oil on medium high heat.
  2. When ghee is melted and slightly foamy, add popcorn kernels.
  3. Place lid on pot, and gently swirl.
  4. When popcorn starts popping, melt additional butter in a small pan.
  5. When popcorn has slowed, and you hear less then three pops every two seconds, remove from heat (but leave in pan).
  6. When popping has completed fully, slowly pour popcorn into a large bowl.
  7. Add clarified butter by slowly drizzling it on to popcorn, then shake up popcorn and drizzle a little more on (so you get it spread out evenly).
  8. Add popcorn salt to taste.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 82
Amount Per Serving Calories 144Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 27mgSodium 112mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. I love this idea of using ghee! I also like that you mentioned you can break down your salt – I do it all the time with sugar, too.

    Thanks for linking up to us on Throwback Thursday, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll bring next week! 🙂


  2. Give me this!!! I love stove top popcorn! And I love that you’ve discovered the key to making it like the movie theater! I haven’t gone since I was pregnant with my first and I done miss the movies, but I DO miss the popcorn!

  3. Thanks so much for linking up at #omhgww Wonderful Wednesday! It’s a great time to stay inside, snuggled up by the fire, watching a movie. Thanks again for sharing!

  4. Sooooo good! We always pop on the stove but usually in evoo and result salt….I tracked down ghee and popcorn salt….. tonight movie night with the fam! What a treat! Thx for sharing!!!