This Homemade Popcorn with Truffle Salt is the best thing for movie nights or a party snack! It‘s a quick and easy crowd pleaser with a gourmet touch.
Love popcorn but never made it from scratch at home? Today could be the turning point for you. Throw away those microwave popcorn bags in your pantry (they’re bad for health) and get popcorn kernels instead (I get organic ones from Trader Joe’s).
Homemade popcorn is one of the easiest snacks you can make at home and it’s DELICIOUS! It’s healthy and high in fiber, and the best part is that you can create your own flavored popcorn! Today I’m going to share my family’s #1 favorite, Homemade Popcorn with Truffle Salt.
Family Movie Time with Homemade Popcorn
Mr. JOC and I work on weekends filming tutorial videos and photographing my recipes. Since the natural light is so important for food photography and the final video clip, we usually start filming in the morning and wrap up around the evening time.
Our children are very supportive of what we do, and they patiently wait for us to finish our work (we usually give them assignments like doing math problems on the computer or practicing piano and they get to have free time afterward).
Because we have limited time to spend with children on weekends, we really treasure our family time even more. One of our favorite activities we do together is family movie time. The kids pick the popcorn flavor of the night while Mr. JOC figures out what movie to watch. I go to the kitchen with my daughter and we make popcorn together.
6 Easy Tips for Making Perfect Homemade Popcorn
Although making popcorn is easy, here are some of my tips to achieve desired the perfect homemade popcorn.
- Pot: Use a heavy-bottomed pot (like a Dutch oven) deep enough to accommodate the popped corn kernels. For 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, you will need at least a 3 1/2 quart pot, preferably 4 1/2 quart. That will give plenty of space for the popcorn to move around.
- Oil: My personal favorite is coconut oil which is tasty and considered “healthy” fat. You can also use canola oil which has a nice clean taste and doesn’t overwhelm the popcorn’s natural flavors. I don’t recommend olive oil as it has a low smoking point and tends to burn quickly.
- Heat: My gas stove is pretty strong so I use medium heat, but it should be between medium to medium-high heat.
- Salt: I like adding salt (in this case, truffle salt) to the oil in the pan before popping. Oil in the pot is nicely infused and salt will be well distributed throughout the batch. With my recipe (below), I do not sprinkle additional salt after making popcorn.
- Shake: Every 30-60 seconds, give the pot a shake to make sure all of the kernels get popped.
- Lid: Keep the lid slightly ajar while popping (not while shaking) to release the steam, and uncover the pot immediately after popping. This will help the popcorn stay crisper.
Truffle Salt for Homemade Popcorn
So, who doesn’t love truffles? I’m definitely a big fan and so glad I found the truffle & salt mix. The rich, earthy odor and flavor of black truffle infused with sea salt. The one word that comes to mind is heaven! Besides popcorn, truffle salt enhances flavors for various types of food, from grilled meat to scramble eggs. If you love truffles, I highly recommend you experiment with truffle salt at home.
How to Make a Classic Homemade Popcorn with Butter
If you are not a fan of truffle (what!)… of course, you can make classic popcorn with butter at home. It tastes amazingly delicious so go ahead and toss that microwave popcorn!
Make the popcorn by following the recipe below. Use kosher salt instead of truffle salt. While making popcorn, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave or on the stove (for ½ cup popcorn kernels). As soon as the popcorn is done, drizzle the melted butter over hot popcorn and mix it all together.
If you are not in a hurry, here’s an even better way to enjoy butter-flavored popcorn at home. Add 4 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and allow it to simmer. Remove from heat and skim the foam off with a spoon. Once it’s clean, you see a yellow layer of clarified butter with milk solids underneath. Drizzle the clarified butter over the popcorn and avoid pouring the milk solids.
Homemade Popcorn with Truffle Salt
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil (or peanut, vegetable, or canola oil)
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- 1 tsp truffle salt (you can find it on Amazon)
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Set a large deep pot (I use a 3.5 Quart Dutch oven) on the stovetop over medium heat. Add 3 Tbsp coconut oil and 3 popcorn kernels.
- Close the lid and wait until the kernels pop. When the kernels pop, the oil is hot enough to add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
- Open the lid and add 1 tsp truffle salt and ½ cup popcorn kernels.
- Cover the pot with the lid and gently shake the pot from side to side (or back and forth). This will distribute the popcorns in an even layer and mix the truffle and salt with the kernels.
- While the kernels pop, shake the pot occasionally over the burner to prevent the kernels from burning. When you are not shaking the pot, keep the lid slightly ajar to release the steam from the pot. Cook until there are about 2–3 seconds between pops. By this time, you can’t hear many kernels moving against the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from the heat. Shake a few times to let the last few kernels pop and take the lid off to let the steam out; this will allow the popcorn to stay crisp. Enjoy!
- You can keep the leftovers in an airtight container and store it at room temperature for 1–2 days. Consume soon!