Alton Brown Makes Perfect Popcorn | Food Network

Alton Brown leaves no kernel unpopped in his search for the perfect popper.
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Perfect Popcorn
Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Total: 8 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 3 min
Yield: 3 1/2 to 4 quarts
Level: Easy
3 tablespoons peanut oil
3 ounces popcorn kernels, approximately 1/2 cup
1/2 teaspoon popcorn salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Place the oil, popcorn and salt in a large, 6-quart, metal mixing bowl. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil and poke 10 slits in the top with a knife.
Place the bowl over medium heat and shake constantly using a pair of tongs to hold the bowl. Continue shaking until the popcorn finishes popping, approximately 3 minutes.
Remove the bowl from the heat and carefully remove the foil. Stir in any salt that is on the side of the bowl.
Melt the butter in the microwave. Slowly drizzle over the popcorn, while spinning the bowl. Serve immediately.
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  • That guy is perpetually at 2x speed.

    Tyler ButlerTyler ButlerVor Tag
  • Absolutely love Alton Brown!

    ivette jivette jVor 3 Tage
  • No The Real Master That Will Cook Popcorn , is The Microwave For you Lazy Collage Kids

    Windows ErrorWindows ErrorVor 4 Tage
  • Excellent popcorn. Thank you!

    Kathleen PollyKathleen PollyVor 16 Tage
  • Take a shot every time he says “thusly” in his Good Eats series

    Nougat SoupNougat SoupVor 26 Tage
  • Like nobody's watching hungry.. 4:20 "Oh, you can't smell them can you. I'm sorry"

    Fariel AlexandreFariel AlexandreVor Monat
  • I use a Wok. Works great!

    jeff beltonjeff beltonVor Monat
  • Literally just made 2nd batch for my son.

    Jon CocksJon CocksVor Monat
  • I imagine a wok would work. I sometimes like a little sugar sprinkled over it or even those smoke flavored seasoning mixes you can get for meat.

    pschroeter1pschroeter1Vor Monat
  • We are doing a twist on this

  • What about salt infused peanut oil? It dissolves and doesn't need to be food processed

    AlexAlexVor Monat
  • This video is satisfaction

    Elliott BarreraElliott BarreraVor Monat
  • Use a liberal amount of olive oil, add a small amount of salt to the oil, add kernals to those 2 ingredients in a high quality small pot. That's all you need.

    Thomas AndersonThomas AndersonVor Monat
  • Where's the seasoning?

    Katharine HoKatharine HoVor Monat
  • Just put the kosher salt in a pepper mill. Instant popcorn salt- or whenever you need a fine salt. 2 steps eliminated. Surprised he missed this.

    Dan KaplinDan KaplinVor 2 Monate
  • The reason why there has been a metal bowl in my family’s kitchen for 10 years

    AkabeurjubAkabeurjubVor 2 Monate
  • Use Coconut Popcorn Popping Oil(colored with beta carotene) such as that offered by Paragon for that movie theater taste. In addition the coconut oil is good for you.

    GatnosGatnosVor 2 Monate
  • conventional corn like this cant be beat...but johnnys seasoning out of washington state makes a yellow popcorn salt thats outta this world.

    charlotte quillencharlotte quillenVor 2 Monate
  • Air popper. No oil. No aluminum foil. Safer?

    T G100T G100Vor 2 Monate
  • This guy needs to do a good eats on cooking with weed!

    crkrcrkrVor 2 Monate
  • Wasn't there a 1923 Roadster called an "Alton-Brown"?

    RW FfolkesRW FfolkesVor 2 Monate
  • Me: hey mom can we get McDonald's? Mom: 1:37

    MrCuriousQMrCuriousQVor 2 Monate
    • MrCuriousQ true!!

      Dr. Jacob SquishDr. Jacob SquishVor Monat
  • His heavy breathing he needs to see a physician see if he's got some kind of a heart issue.

    Paul nmnPaul nmnVor 2 Monate
  • Coconut oil only!

    Western Homestead & Off Grid LivingWestern Homestead & Off Grid LivingVor 2 Monate
  • My dad would put some sugar in the oil. Gave it a sweet caramel flavor

    doug perrydoug perryVor 2 Monate
  • Mesmerisingly Delicious!

    David CouchDavid CouchVor 2 Monate
  • “There are two things in life that I distrust: our government, and those who don’t butter their popcorn.” -Every true foody

    the lonely ghoststhe lonely ghostsVor 2 Monate
    • Buttering popcorn is only for those who have not discovered the magic of flavocol

      Kevin JennissenKevin JennissenVor 2 Monate
  • Link to buy popcorn dispenser and shaker?

    JK 241JK 241Vor 2 Monate
  • why unsalted butter?

    JK 241JK 241Vor 2 Monate
  • i use my wok

    Tim RuffTim RuffVor 2 Monate
  • can't believe he doesn't like butter on his popcorn..

    BethBethVor 2 Monate
  • This guy defines pretentious

    TheSynysterVyrusTheSynysterVyrusVor 2 Monate
  • Food mythbustes

    JacobJacobVor 2 Monate
  • I buy a powdered/pickling salt from Redmond. Its finer and sticks better to the "mini popcorn" kernels.

    Moo Moo PuppyMoo Moo PuppyVor 2 Monate
  • The metal bowl worked amazingly. Night and day between the versions we had tried before this video.

    Marisa MooreMarisa MooreVor 2 Monate
  • Wear oven mitts, man! This is a recipe for steam-scalding yourself.

    ferociousgumbyferociousgumbyVor 2 Monate
    • the foil is already perforated, so no really hot/dense steam is collecting under the foil.

      Squidwayne JohnswardsonSquidwayne JohnswardsonVor 2 Monate
  • I love popcorn, I’ve eaten it as a snack almost daily. But this guy! He KNOWS popcorn. I mean, he’s got different types. I never really knew there were different types.

    Stefano MusicaStefano MusicaVor 2 Monate
  • Just get an air popper. They're the best!

    Kyle WollmanKyle WollmanVor 2 Monate
    • a regular sauce pan is also a better vessel than a bowl.

      Squidwayne JohnswardsonSquidwayne JohnswardsonVor 2 Monate
  • My brother-in-law dumps brewer's yeast on his popcorn. Very strange, imo.

    StockyPhil BStockyPhil BVor 2 Monate
  • Gonna try this tonight! If I want cheese popcorn, I take the bag of cheese powder out of a box of Kraft Mac-n-Cheese and sprinkle on top right after it's done.

    Tim SarsanyTim SarsanyVor 2 Monate
  • My 7" electric skillet works great!!!

    Adeline NicholasAdeline NicholasVor 2 Monate
  • Or just use Jiffy Pop. That man's kitchen closet must look like Warehouse 13.

    SpokSpokVor 2 Monate
  • Very interesting approach - I always used to use a few test kernels before putting in the rest; going to try it Alton's way. But with butter.

    Brian JenkinsBrian JenkinsVor 2 Monate
    • if you heat butter to the temp that popcorn pops at best (about medium-high) you will scorch the butter and it will taste like motor oil. If you cook it at a temp that won't scorch the butter, the popcorn doesn't pop completely, and it ends up chewy. If you want to flavor it with butter, reduce the butter in a seperate saucepan on medium-low until it stops foaming, and just toss the popcorn in that after it's done. Just use a smaller amount of oil to pop it. It will pop completely dry, but it doesn't heat the kernels evenly when dry, and ends up burning part of the hull before it pops.

      Squidwayne JohnswardsonSquidwayne JohnswardsonVor 2 Monate
  • Soap bar man

    doyle seandoyle seanVor 2 Monate
  • Salt? Wtf fan?

    Iv AnIv AnVor 2 Monate
  • Too bad popcorn disagrees with me...

    Satoshi9801Satoshi9801Vor 2 Monate
  • Obrigado!! Alguém BR aqui????

    Cozinha GringoCozinha GringoVor 2 Monate
  • You gotta do it airforce style and fry some pickled jalapenos in the oil before you throw the popcorn in, ideally to the point where the jalapenos are crispy at the end, like chips. Throw some flavacol in there and you got a winner.

    AngryKhanAngryKhanVor 2 Monate
  • 12 pulses

    Gggg GgggGggg GgggVor 2 Monate
  • Alton Brown slays

    ThenHe SaidThenHe SaidVor 2 Monate
  • Goes too much over the top damn just get it done

    SayWhat IThinkSayWhat IThinkVor 2 Monate
  • Popcorn is best made using hot air, not the heat of the steel. So Heat up a kettle with the lid on with some butter or oil. Let it heat up with the lid on. Once heated, you can turn down the heat on the plate to medium and poor the corn inside and quickly put the lid back on. Instant popcorn in under a minute in a medium to large kettle.

    FaldoFaldoVor 3 Monate
  • This guy very entertaining and informative. Yellow topaz? Never knew there were different kinds of plain popcorn.

    Pizza RulesPizza RulesVor 3 Monate
    • - amazing varieties!!

      Brian JenkinsBrian JenkinsVor 2 Monate
  • My dad made perfect popcorn for years with an old aluminum frying pan. Despite altons view, its a lot harder then it looks.

    MartyMartyVor 3 Monate
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 3 TBSP peanut oil, 1/2 cup corn

    katakuti08katakuti08Vor 3 Monate
  • iodized table salt is way cheaper

    triadwarfaretriadwarfareVor 3 Monate
  • I like to add a pat of butter to the kernels just before it starts to pop. Butter doesn't burn, gets infused into all of the popcorn with no resulting sogginess.

    James BrowneJames BrowneVor 3 Monate
  • Sorry Alton, you're fifty years too late. We have been there done that....

    Marsha S.Marsha S.Vor 3 Monate
  • 🙋 thank you. 😀🏆🥇

    A Drivers SideA Drivers SideVor 3 Monate
  • i watched alton brown on mythbusters and voiced himself on the simpsons

    Tarheel FanTarheel FanVor 3 Monate
  • *I* am a popcorn purist: Salt and BUTTER please!

    hx823hx823Vor 3 Monate
  • Guys, can I use clarified margarine? “Real Butter” in indonesia is quite expensive.. 😔

    Bayu RafikiBayu RafikiVor 3 Monate
    • Michelle Hasty Thank you so much...

      Bayu RafikiBayu RafikiVor 3 Monate
    • Of course you can. I grew up on margarine and we put it on popcorn, toast, baked potatoes, everything!

      Michelle HastyMichelle HastyVor 3 Monate
  • Amateur.

    alphabetic numberalphabetic numberVor 3 Monate
  • I wonder how this would work with a wok?

    Norman MorganNorman MorganVor 3 Monate
  • They call it Jiffy Pop in the grocery store.

    Loving AmericaLoving AmericaVor 3 Monate
  • Add 1 TBS brown sugar to the oil.

    Michael PriceMichael PriceVor 3 Monate
  • 1st terrible job I’ve seen him do LOL

    Flat TopFlat TopVor 3 Monate
  • butter & cinnamon is good -- kind of a cinnamon roll flavored popcorn... cayenne pepper is also good -- probably not with the cinnamon though...

    Jake BlantonJake BlantonVor 3 Monate
  • I'm calling Food Network and Good Eats on this one. Suggesting using a stainless steel mixing bowl to pop corn is a bad idea. I tried it and the direct heat and flame discolored a perfectly good stainless steel mixing bowl. Thanks for nothing Food Network and Good Eats! Not to mention that it's a bit dangerous trying to Jiffy Pop using a bowl with an unstable round bottom and without a proper handle on it. That bowl gets hot awful quick. Food Network, this is a lawsuit waiting to happen! Use a pot with a heavy bottom or a wok, if you have one, or buy a proper popcorn popper instead of trying to use a thin walled stainless mixing bowl for something for which it was not designed. Use the right tool for the right job. Don't ruin your nice, shiny metal mixing bowls just for the sake of popping corn.

    assoverteakettleassoverteakettleVor 3 Monate
  • Call me craxy but I dip my popcorn into ketchup like french fries...yum yum

    Fred ThomsonFred ThomsonVor 3 Monate
Alton Brown Makes Perfect Popcorn | Food Network