Boiled Popcorn: What Is It And How Can You Make It?

Are you just getting to hear about boiled popcorn or you’re wondering if it’s even a thing at all? Well, as surprising as it may seem, this type of popcorn actually exists.

Just as the name implies, it starts with boiling popcorn in water for about 30 minutes before popping it in the microwave, stove, or air-popper afterward. In fact, boiled popcorn has become quite popular that it is branded as half-popped popcorn and sold in grocery stores.

Want to know more about boiled popcorn and how you can make it at home? This article will guide you.

What is boiled popcorn?

Boiled popcorn is a corn kernel that goes through boiling in water before the actual popping. This method of cooking popcorn gives it a soft outer shell and increases the time it takes to pop.

Dried corn kernels naturally have hard and non-porous shells which explode as the heat steam builds up pressure inside the kernel. But boiling corn kernels reduces the amount of pressure in it, and the time it takes to pop.

The end result of boiled popcorn is half-popped. The moisture from the water also gives the popcorn a soft texture instead of the regular crunchy texture.

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Can you make popcorn in boiled water?

Yes. You can make popcorn in boiled water. But the result is not as crunchy and fluffy as it should be. Instead, you’d get half-popped popcorn which is also tasty and enjoyable.

Moreso, boiling popcorn in water before the actual popping ensures that you do not have unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bag as usual. The boiling process heats up all the kernels down to the bottom of the bag.

If you love to munch on unpopped kernels, chances are that you’d enjoy boiled popcorn because it’s half-popped yet succulent. You can even spice it up with any seasoning and toppings of your choice.

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How to make popcorn from boiled corn kernels

There are a few ways to make boiled popcorn. First, you can boil the kernels in water, drain them thereafter, and dry them in a cool place. You will then have to pop the kernels the normal way you make popcorn.

Whether you use your microwave, air popper, electric popper, or stovetop, it will come out fine. But the best way to cook boiled kernels is to pop them on stovetops (more about this later).

If it’s your first time, it is best that you start with a cup of the kernel so that you can really know what to expect. Moreso, it will help you ascertain what a cup of boiled popcorn will yield.

Additionally, you can test different popping methods to see which one you’d prefer. When popping boiled kernels in the air popper, watch it carefully so that it doesn’t shoot from the popper and burn someone as it does sometimes.

In the microwave, simply put the boiled kernels in a parchment paper or silicone popping bowl with a cover before placing it in the microwave. Then take it out as soon as you notice that the popping slows down.

Cooking boiled kernels in an electric popper follows the regular process of making popcorn. Make sure to take the popcorn out when popping slows down as well.

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Boiled popcorn recipe

Use the steps highlighted below to boil popcorn kernels:

  • Purchase a bag of corn kernels
  • Get a large pot and fill it with water
  • Boil the water till it comes to a rolling point
  • Put your kernels into the water and allow to boil for 30 minutes
  • Switch off your stove and drain the water
  • Put the boiled popcorn on kitchen paper and leave it to dry well

How to make popcorn on the stove

Follow these steps to pop boiled popcorn on the stove:

  • Get a pan and put it on a stove
  • Drop some oil into it
  • Add a little corn kernel and wait for it to pop
  • Then put the rest of the kernel in the pan and cover it
  • Shake the pan often so it doesn’t burn
  • As soon as the popping slows down, turn off your stove, take the pan off the burner, and put it in a bowl
  • You can then add your choice of toppings and shake so it coats the popcorn coating

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Can you buy boiled popcorn from the grocery store?

Absolutely. Many manufacturers now produce ready-to-eat half-popped popcorn. So it’s now sold in many grocery stores across the states. It’s available in many flavors including butter, kettle corn, and sea salt, among others.

If you’re someone who loves that half-cooked popcorn at the bottom of the bag, you can check into a grocery store near you and request a variety of boiled popcorn.

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Can you eat boiled popcorn kernels?

Yes. You can eat boiled popcorn kernels right after you pop them on a stovetop, in the microwave, or air popper.

What happens if you boil popcorn kernels?

Once you boil popcorn kernels it weakens the hull, thus, making it pop halfway when you cook it in the microwave or stovetop.

How long do you boil popcorn?

You should boil popcorn for 30 minutes.


If you love dense, crispy yet chewy snacks, then you should try getting a bag of ready-to-eat boiled popcorn or make one for yourself at home. It is as healthy as regular popcorn and it doesn’t require any special preparation.

You simply have to boil the corn kernel in water for about 30 minutes, then you drain the water out and put the boiled kernel in a paper bag, and allow it to dry, before transferring it to the microwave, stove top, or air popper to pop.

After it’s done, you may eat it plain or season with a pinch of salt and add some topping to make it even more enjoyable.

Thanks for reading.

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