How to Pop Popcorn Like Alton Brown

Popping popcorn on the stove is hands down the best way to get ready for a family movie night. The process doesn’t demand anything fancy: no special equipment or ingredients. You can make it anytime, anywhere, and get fluffy, super-delicious popcorn in no time at all. To pop popcorn, typically, you only need a regular pot with a lid. That is unless you’re Alton Brown.

Brown has a nifty popcorn-making trick up his sleeve. What does he do, you ask? Why he pops the kernels directly in a bowl. Say what?

Alton Brown’s Darn Near Perfect Popcorn


  • Stainless steel mixing bowl;
  • kitchen tongs;
  • heavy-duty aluminum foil.


  1. To pop popcorn like Alton Brown, put several tablespoons of oil and half a cup of popcorn kernels into a mixing bowl. Season with salt to taste and cover with foil.
  2. Then make a few steam vents in the foil using a knife.
  3. Place the bowl over medium heat. Hold and shake the bowl back and forth for 3 to 5 minutes with the help of the kitchen tongs.

Let the bowl cool before serving or transfer the popcorn to a different dish. Have you used Alton Brown’s trick? Do you love it as much as we do? Tell us in the comments. For more family-movie-night-friendly snacks, check out our recipes for breadsticks, beetroot hummus, and homemade pizza.

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I am an English major with a love of languages and fiction, and with an incurable travel bug. In my free time, I read fantasy, drink copious amounts of coffee, and like to go see movies. Culinary art means everything to me. My main hypostasis is the taster, though. The music school has taught me to appreciate the symphony of airy meringues, to create harmonious overtures of light snacks, hard rock of meat, fish, and vegetables on the grill. Choir classes have accustomed me to hear and feel the people nearby and create perfect harmonies of sounds.

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