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Classic Stovetop Popcorn with Old Bay and Black Pepper

Classic Stovetop Popcorn with Old Bay and Black Pepper

By Elizabeth Stark

Chances are, you already know that popcorn and baseball are a match made in heaven. In case you’re going to be taking in a few games from your living room instead of the stadium, we’ve put together our favorite recipe for classic, buttery stovetop popcorn and added a spicy twist with Old Bay and pepper.

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Homemade Stovetop Popcorn with Old Bay


  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper


  1. Heat olive oil and three kernels of corn in a large covered stock pot over medium heat. When the three kernels have popped, after 3 or so minutes, edge the heat up a bit, add the remaining kernels, cover, and continuously shake the pot. I use pot holder-clad hands to simultaneously shake and hold the lid on.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  3. Once the corn popping has slowed considerably, after roughly 5 to 10 minutes, uncover the pot and turn popped corn into a large bowl. Drizzle the butter over the popcorn and toss with the salt, Old Bay, and pepper. Serve immediately.