I have good news: you no longer need to go to the movie theater to eat movie theater style popcorn! Today I’m sharing how to make movie theater popcorn at home! This popcorn recipe requires only 3 ingredients and it tastes JUST like the stuff they serve at the theaters. 

A close up photo of movie theater popcorn in a red bowl.

Friday night is movie night at our house. And I’m finally sharing my secret to making movie theater popcorn at home! We’ve been making this popcorn recipe nonstop, and for good reason… this stuff is AMAZING.

Ingredients for Homemade Movie Theater Popcorn

You need a few simple ingredients, 3 to be exact:

  • Coconut oil,  vegetable oil, or canola oil. I use coconut oil when I make this recipe.
  • Flavocal. This is the key ingredient to making movie theater style popcorn at home. I think some Home Depots carry it (it’s hit or miss) but you can order it online which is what I did.
  • Popcorn kernels.

A plate of movie theater popcorn.

How to make movie theater popcorn at home

First you need a large pot. Place the large pot over medium high heat.

Once the pot is getting warm, add the coconut oil and flavocal to the pan. Stir the flavocal into the oil until it has dissolved.

It won’t take long for the coconut oil to get hot, maybe 1 minute or so.

Once the oil is hot place the popcorn kernels into the pot and cover with a lid.

A metal measuring cup full of popcorn kernels.

Wearing hot pads, these are my favorite, gently and carefully shake the pot to “stir” the popcorn kernels to prevent them from burning.

Pro tip: shake the pot every 10-15 seconds. If this seems a bit excessive, only shake the pot every 20-30 seconds.

I really dislike any sign of burnt popcorn so I like to keep the kernels moving about which is why I shake it every 15 seconds. 🙂

A large pot full of homemade movie theater style popcorn.

The popcorn will finish popping after 2-3 minutes; it doesn’t take long.

Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the popcorn to a large bowl.

Now grab a large handful of popcorn and shove it in your mouth. SEE?! It tastes just like the real movie theater popcorn! Isn’t it amazing!

I know what you’re thinking… “You forgot to add butter.”


You don’t need butter with this popcorn.

Now go watch a movie and enjoy your big bowl of popcorn!

Red popcorn bowls full of homemade movie theater popcorn.

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How to Make Movie Theater Popcorn

This 3 ingredient movie theater popcorn tastes JUST like the popcorn served at the theaters!
prep time 5 mins
cook time 5 mins
total time 10 mins
servings: 3 servings
calories: 74kcal
author: Salt & Baker


  • 1 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Flavocal
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels


  • Set a large pot over medium high heat. Once the pan is warm, add the coconut oil and Flavocal. Stir the flavocal until is dissolves in the oil.
  • The oil should be fairly hot after a minute. Once hot, add the popcorn kernels to the pot and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Wearing hot pads (see notes), shake the pot every 10-15 seconds to ensure the popcorn kernels don't burn.
  • Once all of the kernels have popped, remove the pot from the heat and trasnfer the popped popcorn to a large bowl. Serve!


  • You can use less than the noted 1 tsp of flavocal. 3/4 teaspoon will give you a lighter and more subtle "salty" taste. 
  • I use these glove style hot pads. They are the best! 
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Movie Theater Popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 915mg38%
Potassium 50mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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