Warmth 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a big, heavy-bottomed pot with a lid over medium-high warmth till shimmering. Add 1 teaspoon of the popcorn kernels to check if the oil is sizzling sufficient. As soon as a couple of kernels begin popping, add the remaining popcorn kernels. (Watch out, the popping kernels can fly out of the pot!) Cowl the pot and prepare dinner, shaking the pot often, till the popcorn stops popping and there may be about 5 seconds of silence between every pop, 2 1/3 to three minutes complete.