Of all the uses we’ve discovered for the Field No.8 Dutch Ovenbraiser, steamer, fryer, and bread baker—our new favorite application is stovetop popcorn popper. No other technique has delivered such light, airy, evenly cooked popcorn free of unpopped kernels (aka “old maids”), and each batch we pop builds up new more naturally non-stick seasoning to boot.

To be honest, there’s not much technique involved here. The secret to popcorn success lies in the vessel itself: our Dutch oven is excellent at delivering the right amount of heat in the right spot, and is the perfect size for a large bowl of popcorn—enough to get you and yours through a movie night.

Photo: Lauren V. Allen

As far as toppings are concerned, we usually keep it simple with melted butter and salt, but we’ve been making so much popcorn these days that we’ve started to gloss it up with extra toppings; we’ve shared a few of our favorites—both readymade and easy to assemble—below.

Field’s Favorite Popcorn Toppings


  • Za’atar
  • Furikake
  • Everything bagel mix
  • Barbecue dry rub
  • Ranch dressing dry mix
  • Taco seasoning

Quick mix:

  • Coconut curry (toasted coconut flakes + curry powder)
  • Elote (chile powder + lime zest + cotija cheese)
  • Hot honey butter (melted butter + honey + hot sauce)
  • Dorito dust (nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chile powder, salt)

Recipe: Dutch Oven Popcorn

Yield: 2 to 4 servings



Pour the grapeseed oil in a Field No.8 Dutch Oven and add 3 popcorn kernels. Place the oil over medium heat. When the first kernel pops, add the remaining popcorn, cover the pot, and lower the heat to medium low.


When the popcorn begins to pop, begin shaking the pan occasionally to knock any unpopped kernels to the bottom.


When the popping slows down to once every couple of seconds, turn off the heat and open the lid a crack to allow steam to escape. Wait a minute or so, then pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with butter and gently toss to coat, then season to taste with salt and any other seasonings, and toss again.