How to make microwave popcorn in minutes—without having to run to the store or ingest any nasty preservatives, fake butter, or artificial anything. Perfect for Netflix binges!
How To Make Microwave Popcorn
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Makes 1 1/2 cups
Special Equipment: Unused brown paper lunch bag
Place the popcorn kernels in the paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over two or three times.
Place the bag in the microwave so it’s standing up. Microwave the bag on high until the popping slows to a few seconds between pops, which can take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 minutes, depending on your microwave and your popcorn.
Remove the bag from the microwave.
If using butter, melt it in a small bowl in the microwave on medium power for 30 seconds. If the butter isn’t completely melted, give it a quick stir.
Carefully open the bag and pour the butter or olive oil over the popcorn. Add the salt, close the bag, and shake. Don’t forget napkins aplenty.
WARNING: If you decide to make a second (or third or fourth) batch of microwave popcorn, use a new brown paper bag for each batch. DO NOT, under any circumstances, reuse a bag that has already been in the microwave. Also, DO NOT pour the unpopped kernels from a prior batch in with the fresh kernels for a later batch in the hopes that they will pop because they won’t. Originally published April 1, 2016.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
OMG. My life will never be the same again. No more burned pots or fake butter—this recipe works perfectly. I just ran out to get more paper lunch bags!
All of my corn kernels popped after about 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave. One or two were slightly burned, so you do need to take the bag out promptly. Three tablespoons of corn popped up to nearly 4 cups—a single serving in my house. Just 5 minutes to popcorn nirvana.
I'm so excited for this new technique! Popping popcorn using a microwave and an ordinary paper brown bag really works. This recipe is simple, and you'll have delicious healthy popcorn in less than 5 minutes.
I didn't believe just folding over the top of the bag twice would really hold together, but it did. I was amazed to actually hear popcorn start popping within seconds. My popcorn took 2 minutes and 10 seconds, but next time I'll go for 2 minutes flat, as my popcorn almost burned.
When I melted the butter and added it to the bag, it mixed nicely but a little butter soaked into the bag, so I would serve the popcorn in another container. I used salted butter, and next time I make this, I'll use less salt. Just salt to taste.
I made this 2 more times and thought I would experiment with the bag laying down, similar to store-bought microwave pop instructions, and it only popped 1 tablespoon out of the 3. So I tried it again standing up. Please note, the bag must be standing up to get the best results.