Old Bay + Brown Butter Popcorn


We don’t have a microwave at home – So we’ve started making popcorn on the stove.

Jim wanted to top our most recent batch with Old Bay – I suggested the accompaniment of brown butter … it turned out to be a match made in heaven:

Ingredients:  serves 2

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 healthy tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning


  1. Begin heating vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add 3 popcorn kernels.
  2. Cover saucepan with the lid (leaving a small gap for steam to escape) and wait until you hear 1 kernel pop.
  3. Immediately add the rest of the popcorn kernels with the pan and cover.
  4. Remove pan from heat and swirl kernels around inside for exactly 30 seconds (this heats them evenly and coats them well with the oil).
  5. Place pan back onto the heat and shake it back and forth across the burner – Be sure to leave a small gap in the lid for steam to escape!  Otherwise you will end up with soggy popcorn :(
  6. Continue shaking until you hear the popping of kernels begin to slow down (this can take a few minutes) and immediately remove from heat to prevent them from burning.
  7. Transfer popcorn to a large bowl.
  8. Meanwhile, heat butter over medium-high heat in a small saucepan and swirl until the butter begins to develop small brown flecks at the bottom.
  9. Once butter begins to brown and develops a lovely nutty aroma, quickly remove from heat and pour over popcorn.
  10. Sprinkle popcorn with Old Bay and toss to coat.
  11. Enjoy!!

One comment

  1. I just bought a popcorn pot, perfect timing! Tragically I have also run out of Old Bay so will need to go buy another huge can of it :) I’ll definitely be making this soon as browning the butter is a genius idea.

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