Matcha (Green Tea) Stovetop Popcorn

Add a green tea twist to your popcorn with this matcha stovetop popcorn recipe. If you’ve never made stovetop popcorn at home, you’re missing out!

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My sister introduced me to stovetop popcorn last year and now, it’s the only kind of popcorn I eat.

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and since then I’ve been experimenting with different toppings.

This matcha version was my favorite and I kept tweaking the recipe until I got it just perfect.

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No other popcorn tastes as good as stovetop popcorn made at home. It’s also the perfect snack.

From experimenting, I really like the combination of salt AND sugar on my popcorn.

Years ago, at a movie theater, I accidentally sprinkled sugar on my popcorn thinking it was salt. (The sugar was in salt shaker.) I was so disappointed after the first bite thinking I had ruined an entire box of popcorn but after a couple of more bites, I was hooked.

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I always make my stovetop popcorn in my 2 quart Dutch oven.

You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve made this to figure this out or the huge messes I’ve made trying to contain overflowing popcorn.

By the way, that Le Creuset pot is used constantly. I used it to make shabu shabu, rice, vegetables, and boil pasta. It’s the perfect size for 1-2 people.

Matcha (Green Tea) Popcorn Recipe

Once you’ve had a taste of stovetop popcorn, you’ll have a hard time going back to store-bought bags.

The secret ingredient to my matcha stovetop popcorn recipe is clarified butter, also known as ghee.

Butter is made up of butterfat, milk solids, and water. Clarified butter is the butterfat you’re left with after simmering butter on low heat.

It has a high smoke point so you can cook on high heat without burning AND because there is no water content, it works amazingly well for popcorn toppings since it doesn’t make the popped kernels soggy.

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Matcha Stovetop Popcorn Tips

  • Mixing the popcorn with the matcha topping can get VERY messy. I used my bare hands since it was hard to get it to mix using anything else. So just be prepared to get green hands.
  • Using clarified butter is what keeps the popcorn from getting soggy from the topping so make sure you use that instead of regular butter.
  • Don’t leave the popcorn on the heat unattended. It can burn quickly if you’re not moving the popcorn around in the pot.

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Matcha (Green Tea) Popcorn Recipe


Makes 4 cups 

1 1/2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
1/4 cup popcorn kernels

4 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)
1 teaspoon matcha
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Combine in a large mixing bowl all matcha topping ingredients: 4 tablespoons of clarified butter, sugar, and salt. Sift in matcha and combine until matcha is well incorporated. Set aside.

In a medium size pot (I used my 2 quart Dutch oven) add 1 1/2 tablespoons of clarified butter and three kernels and close the lid. Turn heat to medium-high and wait for a kernel to pop.

Once you hear a kernel pop, add in the rest of the kernels and close the lid.

Give the pot a shake and a swirl so the clarified butter can coat the kernels. (Don’t forget to use oven mitts since the handles will be hot!)

Every 30 seconds give the pot another shake until the popping slows down to 4-5 seconds between pops.

Turn off heat and slowly open lid to let steam escape and pour some of the popcorn into the mixing bowl with the matcha topping.

Coat the popcorn with the matcha topping and serve immediately.

(Don’t dump the entire pot of popcorn into the mixing bowl because it’ll be hard to get an even matcha coating since you won’t have enough room in the bowl. Add in scoopfuls at a time.)

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  • 12 months ago

    This is something really unique idea for me. I will try it.

  • 12 months ago

    I really enjoy making stovetop popcorn with ghee because it gives it a really yummy taste and it is so easy to make! This matcha idea sounds great, thank you for the idea 🙂
    xx Gabriela

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