Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn

No movie night is complete without Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn made with real butter. Before you start your next movie marathon, pop popcorn that’s better than the kind you get in theatres. 

movie theatre butter popcorn spilling out of a popcorn bag

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When we go to the movies, there is often debate about what flick we’ll see, which theatre we’ll go to, which time slot is best and so on. 

But there’s one thing that Chris and I don’t ever question, and that’s whether or not we’ll get popcorn.

There will always be popcorn. 

Always.

movie theatre butter popcorn in a popcorn bag

We are popcorn people. For two people working from home, it’s the easiest afternoon snack. It’s wonderful for movie night and Oscars view parties (or any kind of party for that matter). 

We make Pizza PopcornBourbon Caramel Popcorn and even Cookies and Cream Popcorn. But my favorite by far is the buttery, salty deliciousness like you get at the movie theatre. 

Years ago, though, I stopped buying the pre-packaged movie theatre butter popcorn that comes in a bag you heat in the microwave. 

I read some article about the dangerous chemicals used to make the butter flavoring, and that was enough to scare me away. Don’t believe me? Google it for yourself. 

So as not to be without my favorite snack, I began trying other ways to make it. 

kernels of movie theatre butter on a white background

Turns out, a jar of popcorn kernels is about the same price as a box of six popcorn bags, and yet you can make so much popcorn from it. 

I began with the paper bag method (too greasy) and then the stovetop method (too burnt). I even contemplated getting an air popper machine (too much cabinet space).

And then I found this magical microwave popcorn maker

I love it because you can cook popcorn without oil, it doesn’t burn as easily and the silicone bowl collapses for easy storage when you’re not using it. Oh, and it’s easy to clean too! 

a bowl of movie theater butter popcorn

How to make popcorn in a silicone bowl

All you need to do is throw your popcorn kernels in, add the lid and zap it in the microwave. 

One thing you need to know about this popcorn cooker: It takes a little time to figure out. But I promise, it’s magic. 

If I cook 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, 3 minutes is just right for us in our microwave, but it took a while to perfect the cook time.

What’s the right amount of time in mine might not be the same as yours. Prepare for a few burnt kernels in this process.  

movie theatre butter popcorn spilling out of a popcorn bag

What is movie theatre butter popcorn?

This is popcorn like you get at the movies! However, it’s often made with oil and artificial coloring. 

And for me, popcorn at the movie theatre is often hit or miss. Sometimes it is too flavorless, too salty or too greasy. But the sentiment is there — it’s that buttery flavor we all want.

So why not make it the right way at home? With real butter, of course!  

movie theatre butter popcorn spilling out of a popcorn bag

This is the best buttered popcorn recipe. I love this recipe because it uses real butter and no oil or artificial coloring. This is how I eat popcorn most of the time. 

Sometimes it’s called butter lover’s popcorn, which is appropriate.

Because… Try not to balk, okay?

This popcorn is made with almost a whole stick of butter. 

I imagine you’ll be sharing it, right? (It’s okay, you don’t have to share!) 

And, honestly, it’s fine if you use the whole stick of butter. Because movie theatre butter popcorn is why we’re all here. 

movie theatre butter popcorn spilling out of a popcorn bag

How to make movie theatre butter popcorn

Simply start with your popped popcorn, then pour over 6 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle on salt. 

But the trick to the best movie theater butter popcorn is to do it in layers. Drizzle on a little butter, sprinkle the salt, then stir. Repeat four or five times. 

The result is buttery, salty popcorn that’s made to your liking, with real ingredients. 

movie theatre butter popcorn in a popcorn bag next to a bowl of popcorn

So calling all butter lovers… your popcorn is ready!

And if you love movie theatre popcorn as much as me, then let me know what you think of this recipe down in the comments. // susannah 

P.S. If you’re watching the Academy Awards tonight, don’t forget to print out your Oscar Bingo cards! 

movie theatre butter popcorn in a popcorn bag

Movie Theatre Butter Popcorn

Yield: 15 cups of popped popcorn
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Movie night isn't the same without movie theatre popcorn you can make at home, with real butter!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn kernels (around 15 cups popped popcorn)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook your popcorn kernels your preferred way. If using a silicone popcorn bowl, cook kernels in the microwave with the lid on for about 3 minutes on high, or until popping slows to 8 seconds between pops.
  2. While popcorn is cooling slightly, melt butter in the microwave (around 45 seconds to 1 minute).
  3. Pour popcorn into a mixing bowl. Drizzle a third of the butter over popcorn, then sprinkle with salt to taste. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon. Repeat two more times with the remaining butter and your preferred amount of salt. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 666mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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