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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  • Use flavocol instead of salt if you want it to taste like what you get at the theater.

    Sugar HeartSugar HeartVor 3 Tage
  • The perfect popcorn is that fast and simple.

    Rosangela SenaRosangela SenaVor 10 Tage
  • What was the point of saying no to the butter only to put it on 8 seconds later?

    Blake LouthanBlake LouthanVor 11 Tage
  • Bob Ross of cooking

    PASPASVor 16 Tage
  • Good Eats was a criminally underrated show. Best kind of food show out there.

    Silent CocosalsaSilent CocosalsaVor 20 Tage
  • ewww salt

    HarryHarryVor 24 Tage
  • God I loved this show as a kid, good times :’)

    Honey ButterHoney ButterVor 28 Tage
  • Why does his way of talking remind me of House from House MD?

    Comet StormComet StormVor Monat
  • Aluminum bowl with aluminum foil lid; from all we know about cooking with aluminum, probably not the best choice...

    PraticalOrigamiPraticalOrigamiVor Monat
  • I feel like I just watched him make cocaine or meth

    Samuel h.Samuel h.Vor Monat
  • I tried this w canola oil, which I know doesn't have as high a smoke temp as the peanut oil he recommends, but i have used it in the past many times to successfully make popcorn in a large spaghetti pot. First time trying it in a bowl, it worked fine. 2 & 3rd time burned a nice stainless bowl and I spent more time than I wanted cleaning off the scorch marks.

    Yf YfYf YfVor Monat
  • I burned a stainless steel bowl trying to do this. Mine wasn't fire proof like his

    Kadeem The DreamKadeem The DreamVor Monat
  • Can you also do a spot on popped Sorghum, please and thank you!

    Mimi AshfordMimi AshfordVor Monat
  • What brand are the kernels? I bought the generic brand and Orvill's and they are about the same. Hard white part, less than fully popped.

    Mary ProveauxMary ProveauxVor Monat
  • Props popping it in the metal bowl you eat it out of, adding the fine salt pre-popping. I tried using coconut oil on low heat, and it turned out awesome! I love butter on my pop-corn (something missing without butter added), but I could eat it without using the coconut oil.

    PTSPTSVor Monat
  • Jiffy pop!!!!!

    Sherri FrazierSherri FrazierVor Monat
  • I was so impressed until he declared he would forgo the butter. But then in the final second he redeemed himself and now all is right in the world again.

    Liz PedersenLiz PedersenVor Monat
  • Have to use coconut oil for it to taste like movie theater corn

    Jeff RenaldoJeff RenaldoVor Monat
  • Who in their right mind would put a half a cup of salt in popcorn

    Edward LefflerEdward LefflerVor Monat
    • Nobody. Including him. He makes a batch of the pickling salt so he can have it on hand for next time. But if you keep watching the video, you'll see the sensible amount of salt he actually uses.

      Folderol of DestinyFolderol of DestinyVor Monat
  • This works well with a wok.

    uekiguyuekiguyVor Monat
  • But i like saltless popcorn

    EvanskiEvanskiVor Monat
  • That's awesome! I can't believe I never thought of that, also my son would enjoy us doing popcorn this way. But beware regular butter will make your popcorn gross and soggy.

    Lisa CrouchLisa CrouchVor Monat
  • @Orange Aquatics NO GOOD FOOD ever came out of a microwave. Alot of good food went into a microwave BUT nothing good ever came out.

    Watching TrainsgoByWatching TrainsgoByVor Monat
  • 2:04 that was 12 pulses

    Jarrett C.Jarrett C.Vor Monat
  • Remember jiffy popcorn? Same exact shape and everything.

    Joanne DavisJoanne DavisVor Monat
  • ...or just get the microwave (silicon like) bowl and lid from Amazon...faster and when monitored better pop ratio...and possibly less burnt too.

    Orange AquaticsOrange AquaticsVor Monat
    • I should add good salt rice and popcorn uses in the video are good that part is good.

      Orange AquaticsOrange AquaticsVor Monat
    • I gotta agreement....Alton Brown!! ya need to redo your video and stance on making the best popcorn!!

      Orange AquaticsOrange AquaticsVor Monat
    • Wendy Muller agreed...BUT what’s calorie? I see California & or? in it...but what the heck...who the heck...&/or what the heck is ie? Ire Pennsylvania possibility? If that’s what ie is about I can understand being torn between California &/or Pennsylvania too...both interesting places.

      Orange AquaticsOrange AquaticsVor Monat
    • And no need for oil! I like to keep my popcorn a low-calorie snack.

      Wendy MullerWendy MullerVor Monat
  • Do it yourself JiffyPop

    valiroimevaliroimeVor Monat
  • Try mayonnaise instead of butter on your corn on the cob nest time it doesn't sound good but its way better.

    Alex QuinteroAlex QuinteroVor Monat
  • So very much miss Alton on the old Food Network show......after their downfall, we lost some really great food entertainers

    Vikki NicholsonVikki NicholsonVor Monat
  • unbuttered popcorn is uncivilized

    bigalthetankbigalthetankVor Monat
  • Nothing beats the incredible movie theater buttered popcorn , sorry Alton you need butter

    Kyle BollKyle BollVor Monat
    • Kyle Boll did you watch to the end

      WalnutTimeWalnutTimeVor Monat
  • no no no youre doing it all wrong. youre supposed to use a hot air popper into too small a bowl next to an open window with a hard breeze blowing.

    Yoda ManYoda ManVor Monat
  • Alton Brown is a good guy who loves to cook and loves to explain stuff to the point where I am actually inspired to cook for myself. Thanks for making new episodes!

    H the guyH the guyVor Monat
  • I make popcorn A LOT: When you think the last kernel has popped, count to three before removing from heat (while still doing the popcorn dance). If another one pops... count to three again... and keep doing that until one does NOT pop by the time you reach three. THEN you know you got all that will pop. VENTILATION is VERY IMPORTANT. Those holes in the foil ensure the steam wont mess up the popcorn's texture (they won't get soggy or take on that stale texture). IMPORTANT! If you do this in a "normal" POT (not a stock pot), place a colander/strainer on top loosely covered with a paper-towel (to keep oil splatter down)... if you are on a GAS stove - be REALLY CAREFUL because you are obviously placing PAPER over burning GAS... of course be careful placing anything flammable on your stove and DON'T WALK AWAY! Butter. CLARIFY IT. For the same reason you DON'T want steam - there is a LOT of water in butter. Pouring just simple melted butter onto pop-corn will turn it to MUSH. You want only the oils from the butter. CLARIFY IT FIRST! And WAIT to salt until AFTER you add it and THEN TASTE the popcorn. Salted butter's... salt... will get CONCENTRATED in the clarified butter. Unsalted butter will not have this issue (but who keeps unsalted butter around? ...weirdos). Also, obviously putting on the butter first ensures the salt sticks all over. Pour a little butter, toss, and continue util the butter is gone, then continue tossing until every piece is shiny/covered. Then do the same with the salt (if it needs it) sprinkle, toss, sprinkle to taste. You are welcome.

    Sprink HoleSprink HoleVor Monat
  • uploaded in 2014, but filmed in 1987

    ArthropodSpideyArthropodSpideyVor Monat
  • Obviously Alton has never seen or used a Whirly Pop popcorn maker the best option for perfect popcorn.

    Chris WallsChris WallsVor Monat
  • I use clarified bacon fat. Gives you the salt and a high heat oil...

    Joe MarksJoe MarksVor Monat
  • That doesn't look like popcorn salt 😂😂😂

    BuzzFeedRightBuzzFeedRightVor Monat
  • If you put a few pats of butter on the unpopped kernels, you will have lightly buttered (very evenly distributed) popcorn. It is way better than pouring a river of butter on top of popped kernels.

    Desmond TutuDesmond TutuVor Monat
    • Desmond Tutu Hmmmmm, but nothing wrong with a river of butter either 😜

      Brian PerkinsBrian PerkinsVor Monat
  • 12 pulses, Alton. :)

    Tim LyonTim LyonVor Monat
  • Peanut oil is too heavy. Use coconut oil.

    TheFrizbaloidTheFrizbaloidVor Monat
  • The scientism: 4:18 ❤

    Justin WhiteJustin WhiteVor Monat
  • This video and the one set to play after it are both 5 minutes and 12 seconds long

    AJ SweeneyAJ SweeneyVor Monat
  • Yo Amo popcorn 🍿 😀😀😀☺️😀🍿🍿🍿🍿💝😍, gracias por tu receta Don Alton.

    Ju HernandezJu HernandezVor Monat
  • 1:52 He almost says "The erect concistency..." Still one of my favorite FN hosts, though!

    Rick BaileyRick BaileyVor Monat
  • i have a steel bowl like that , it never dawned on me that i could cook popcorn directly in it ... i guess I'm worried about ruining it with the heat ...

    AnyWhoAnyWhoVor Monat
    • @AIM Art in Motion Dance Studio a wok would probably work better if you got one, you wouldn't need to worry about what the heat would do to your bowl then ...

      AnyWhoAnyWhoVor Monat
    • Wouldn't a wok work?

      AIM Art in Motion Dance StudioAIM Art in Motion Dance StudioVor Monat
    • @AnyWho Yes the gas stove can do that to metal. Try bar keepers friend. You can get it at most grocery stores for stainless steel. I have had several popcorn makers. They are not as great as stove top. I will be looking for a stainless steel bowl to try this. Thanks.

      niecersniecersVor Monat
    • @niecers popcorn was good ...

      AnyWhoAnyWhoVor Monat
    • @AnyWho O no. Sorry to hear that. But I think you could find one to ruin at a thrift shop or garage sale. How did the popcorn turn out though?

      niecersniecersVor Monat
  • i will agree with powdeding ur salt mcdonalds salt is powdered use it wisely little goes along way lol

    kim segerkim segerVor Monat
  • The Best Popcorn,, air popper as it pops in to the bowl spray butter flavored oil and sprinkle with butter buds or the cheddar cheese pak from a box of kraft mac and cheeseor white cheddar pakett from a box of mac and cheeses at the same time as its popping is good too,,, spoiled popcorn consumer

    kim segerkim segerVor Monat
  • He's BACK!!!

    NovaWarrior77NovaWarrior77Vor Monat
  • Such wonderful chaotic energy

    Ella HElla HVor Monat
  • WOK?

    Robert HaavindRobert HaavindVor Monat
  • 2:03 You did 12 Alton

    Rainbow RandomRainbow RandomVor Monat
  • So... Jiffy Pop

    Michael SMichael SVor Monat

    Mr LucksmanMr LucksmanVor Monat
  • Hi

    Austin DyerAustin DyerVor Monat
  • I want him, Bill Nye and Adam Savage on the same show.

    VirgoGoddess90VirgoGoddess90Vor 2 Monate
  • Air popper 100x better. I swear by it.

    摩天楼オペラ摩天楼オペラVor 2 Monate
  • I love this guy.

    BoanergesBoanergesVor 2 Monate
  • "Oh you can't smell them, can you? I'm sorry." ... I don't think you're sorry at all. :)

    keremindekeremindeVor 2 Monate
  • thinking of trying this. Avocado Oil should work - yes? And Flavacol - like Babish says.

    My Cat's Breath Smells Like Cat FoodMy Cat's Breath Smells Like Cat FoodVor 2 Monate
  • Coconut oil. Butter, and salt. Call the food Nazis. And eat it in front of them.

    Mme ScherzoMme ScherzoVor 2 Monate
  • This guy knows more science than Bill Nye.

    Kenny WestoneKenny WestoneVor 2 Monate
  • Why on Earth would you put UNSALTED butter on popcorn?

    Thor ChristensenThor ChristensenVor 2 Monate
    • I'm no expert but maybe he wants to choose the amount of saltiness himself

      Jeremy EvansJeremy EvansVor Monat
    • Thor Christensen some people like sweet popcorn. Apparently in Europe, sweet popcorn sells more often than salty popcorn.

      Violet ArenaViolet ArenaVor 2 Monate
  • I find to a good movie they should have, Popcorn, Chips and Nachos, some Coke, that will make the perfect Cinema evening.

    Fabian LangFabian LangVor 2 Monate
  • Do what this man says! Not only does it work but my popcorn did not burn and all the kernels popped!

    GurlPrincessGurlPrincessVor 2 Monate
  • It's like pee wee Herman and Bill nye meets Gordon Ramsay

    MrBrown BearManMrBrown BearManVor 2 Monate
  • great time to watch this with braces

    JMS StudentJMS StudentVor 2 Monate
  • F*** you like you ain't even like showing us how to make popcorn like even thousand everyone else

    Kevin BlackwellKevin BlackwellVor 2 Monate
  • why is he so weird

    Brandon ClearyBrandon ClearyVor 2 Monate
  • I’m watching this while eating my popcorn

    Dani FanimationsDani FanimationsVor 2 Monate
Alton Brown Makes Perfect Popcorn | Food Network