Brown Butter Popcorn

August 24, 2013

Brown Butter PopcornMaking popcorn the old-fashioned way, in a lidded pan, is easier than most people think, and the results are much better than the microwaved stuff. Here, instead of melted butter, I drizzle brown butter over the popcorn, giving it the nutty flavour of toasted milk solids with just a touch of sourness from a squeezed lemon. For excellent organic popping corn, check out Speerville in New Brunswick.



Makes 4 servings (or 2 for a long movie night).

• 1/4 cup popping corn
• 2 tablespoons cooking oil
• sea salt

In a medium to large pan, add the oil and then the corn. The corn should just about cover the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the corn has stopped popping. Remove from heat. Season with sea salt.

Brown Butter

• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a small saucepan, cook the butter on medium-high heat until it browns. This happens when the butter stops sizzling and starts to foam. At this point, remove from heat, and add the lemon juice (this helps to stop the butter from cooking) and swirl the pan around. Pour over popcorn.

Brown Butter

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm



Janet August 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I tried popping corn the old-fashioned way and it did not go well. I burned it all three times. I bought and air popper and love it 🙂 In three minutes or a bit less I have my delicious snack.

Have a beautiful day!!


Andrea @travelcooktell August 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I love popcorn and I love brown butter so I think it’s a great combination. But I have never heard of brown butter with lemon juice. I’ll give it a try 🙂


Fawn @ Cowen Park Kitchen August 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I love making popcorn at home, because you can flavor it however you want. Endless options. I enjoy popping mine in bacon fat sometimes…


laura August 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Brilliant and simple recipe! Have you ever tried it with herbs? Just curious.


Françoise Violette September 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Tried it , loved it! Thanks. You’re the best.


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