Cooking the popcorn in a microwave or hot air popper are not the only ways to cook popcorn. It is possible to make popcorn in an electric skillet, which might be a desirable choice for someone who doesn’t have a stove, microwave or hot air popper. The skillet will need a lid. One secret to cooking perfect popcorn is to not add too much popcorn to the pan at one time. If there is too much popcorn, the cooked pieces will fill the top of the pan, holding down the unpopped kernels to burn.

Things You'll Need


Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skillet and set to medium heat.

Add 1/2 cup of popcorn to the oil. The oil must be sizzling before you add the popcorn.

Cover the pan, and open the air vent (if there is one on the lid).

Gently shake the skillet to keep the uncooked kernels evenly heated.

Listen to the popping. It will be very rapid at first, and then will slow as the last kernels are popped.

Unplug the skillet when the popping sound has significantly slowed. If you wait too long, the popcorn will burn.

Tips

  • A heavy bottomed pan is preferred over a thin skillet.