How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Homemade Microwave Popcorn is super simple to make and is a great snack when you’re craving something a little salty and a little crunchy. Movie night this weekend, anyone?

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Did you know that you can make microwave popcorn without the expense of purchasing it at the grocery store? My friend taught me how a few years ago and it is actually super simple!

Kevin has been on a few trips for work recently, and sometimes the kids aren’t home so I end up with an evening to myself. My favorite thing to do on those evenings is settle in on the couch in comfy clothes with a show and a bowl of popcorn.

Before all of the fall shows came back on, I started watching The Resident on Hulu during some of my alone evenings and it is always a little more fun with a bowl of homemade microwave popcorn to enjoy.

There won’t be any mystery ingredients, fake butter, or preservatives in your batch homemade microwave popcorn when you make it yourself.

Plus, you can make as little or as much as you want. Just pop another bag, or fill it with less to begin with.

What’s in Homemade Microwave Popcorn?

For this homemade popcorn recipe, all you need is a brown paper lunch bag, popcorn kernels, a 1/3 measuring cup, tape, and a microwave. If desired, you can toss the homemade microwave popcorn with some butter and salt, or your popcorn toppings of choice.

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How to Make Homemade Popcorn in the Microwave

Add 1/3 of a cup of unpopped popcorn kernels to a brown paper lunch sack. You can opt to make less popcorn if you’d like a small batch, but don’t add more than 1/3 cup at a time to the bag.

Fold the top inch of the bag down 2-3 times and secure with a small piece of tape. This will keep popcorn from popping all over your microwave.

If your microwave has a “popcorn” button, place the bagged popcorn in the microwave, folded side up. Close the door. Press the “popcorn” button and let cook until there are 5 seconds in between pops.

If your microwave does not have a “popcorn” button,place the bagged popcorn in the microwave, folded side up. Close the door. Cook for 1 – 3 minutes on full power until there are 5 seconds in between pops.

This will depend on your microwave wattage, so it is best to hang out by the microwave and play it by ear until you’ve determined timing that best fits your microwave.

Remove the bag from the microwave. Pour the contents in a bowl and drizzle with melted butter or whatever you prefer to flavor with!

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Do I Have to Tape the Bag Shut?

I have done this without the tape. I wanted to test that process out too. Sometimes stray popcorn does make its way out of the bag, depending on how full the bag is and how tightly the bag is folded down.

My Go-To Popcorn Toppings

Butter, salt, or any other seasonings are best added after the popping process. Why? It ends up making a big mess and doesn’t actually get evenly distributed on the popped popcorn when you add those things to the un-popped kernels for the microwaving process.

Try kicking things up a notch by using fresh rosemary and browned butter for a Browned Butter Rosemary Popcorn or add dried fruits, nuts and seeds for a fun Popcorn Trail Mix.

Nutritional Yeast, a topping I like to add to my Easy “Cheesy” Kale Chips, is also a delicious addition. I like the combo of nutritional yeast + rosemary + a bit of freshly grated parmesan.

How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

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How to Store Leftover Popcorn

If you accidentally make too much popcorn, I recommend storing the leftovers in a sealed zip-top bag in the freezer. Popcorn becomes stale very quickly, and storing it in the freezer keeps it fresh.

You can actually eat the popcorn straight from the freezer (it doesn’t get hard at all). But if you don’t like cold popcorn, let it rest on your counter for 10 minutes before digging in.

Benefits of Making Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Making your own microwave popcorn allows you to:

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Saves money!

It is a lot less pricey to purchase popcorn kernels in bulk than it is to purchase individual, prepackaged microwave popcorn. You’ll get more bag for your buck this way and your kernels will last a long time.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn is healthier!

Your popcorn won’t have any mystery ingredients, preservatives, or other ingredients you might like to avoid when you make it yourself rather than using bagged microwave popcorn. Plus, you can control the amount of salt and butter when you add it yourself.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Produces less waste!

Did you know that you can reuse the paper bag again and again when you make your own homemade microwave popcorn? That is so much better than throwing away single use prepackaged microwave bags.

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Saves time!

Okay, so it doesn’t take a ton of time to get the popcorn popper out and set it up if you are going to make popcorn the old-school way, but you don’t have to mess with getting a large and somewhat heavy appliance out or putting it away after.

I don’t know about you, but the popcorn popper almost never gets put away in our house right after it is used and I always end up on popcorn clean up duty the next day.

More Easy Snack Recipes:

These Berry Frozen Yogurt Bites are nice to have on hand during the summertime. They’re just sweet enough and can be enjoyed as a snack or light dessert.

If you’re craving salt, make a batch of 5-Minute Guacamole and scoop it up with crackers or tortilla chips. Addicting!

For a sweeter movie snack, you can’t go wrong with this Strawberry Mango Salsa. I like to pair it with homemade cinnamon sugar chips, but you can buy them store-bought as well.

These Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts stay fresh for a while and are a great healthier snack option to keep on hand.

Kids love these Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. I like making granola bars at home, because I can more easily control how much sugar is in them.

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Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Yield: 12 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Microwave Popcorn is super simple to make and it is a great snack when you’re craving something a little salty and a little crunchy.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels*
  • Toppings of choice

Instructions

  1. Place the unpopped popcorn kernels in a standard sized brown paper lunch sack.
  2. Fold down the top of the brown paper lunch sack 2-3 times and secure the fold with tape.
  3. If your microwave has a “popcorn” button, place the bagged popcorn in the microwave, folded side up. Close the door. Press the “popcorn” button and let cook until there are 5 seconds in between pops.
  4. If your microwave does not have a “popcorn” button, place the bagged popcorn in the microwave, folded side up. Close the door. Cook for 1 – 3 minutes on full power until there are 5 seconds in between pops.
  5. Pour popped popcorn into a large bowl and top with your favorite popcorn toppings!

Notes

*You can make more or less than this recipe calls for, depending on how much popcorn you want, but 1/3 cup is what fits best in 1 standard sized paper lunch sack. If you want more popcorn, you'll need to make multiple batches.

Popcorn Topping Ideas

Butter, salt, or any other seasonings are best added after the popping process. Why? It ends up making a big mess and doesn’t actually get evenly distributed on the popped popcorn when you add those things to the un-popped kernels for the microwaving process.

Try kicking things up a notch by using fresh rosemary and browned butter for a Browned Butter Rosemary Popcorn or add dried fruits, nuts and seeds for a fun Popcorn Trail Mix.

Nutritional Yeast, a topping I like to add to my Easy "Cheesy" Kale Chips, is also a delicious addition. I like the combo of nutritional yeast + rosemary + a bit of freshly grated parmesan.

How To Store Leftover Popcorn

If you accidentally make too much popcorn, I recommend storing the leftovers in a sealed zip-top bag in the freezer. Popcorn becomes stale very quickly, and storing it in the freezer keeps it fresh.

You can actually eat the popcorn straight from the freezer (it doesn't get hard at all). But if you don't like cold popcorn, let it rest on your counter for 10 minutes before digging in.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 4 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 5mg Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Protein 0g
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