Microwave popcorn is one of my favorite light and healthy snacks! Making fresh air popped popcorn in a paper bag is SO easy! No fancy gadgets, not even a stove, just some popcorn kernels, a brown paper bag, and a microwave.
How to Pop Popcorn in the Microwave. No stovetop necessary!
Like I said, making popcorn has never been easier! Simply take ⅓ cup of popcorn kernels, place them in a paper bag (like the one you used to take your sack lunch to school in) and fold down the top of the bag a few times. Throw it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and listen for the pops.
If you like stovetop popcorn, try out our yummy Kettle Corn Recipe!
Don’t let your microwave popcorn burn: Listen for the pops!
Your popcorn is done when there is more than a 1 second gap between the popcorn kernels popping. If you let your popcorn go for longer than that you run the risk of burning your popcorn.
Every microwave is different so you may need to add more time or less time. This why you need to listen for the kernels popping.
Do I need to use oil for this popcorn?
Oil is not necessary to make this popcorn! That’s part of what makes this such a great low fat, air popped snack!
Can I use oil if I want to?
Sure! If you’d like to add oil to your popcorn you totally can! The way to do it is to simply toss the popcorn kernels with a ½ teaspoon of oil before placing it in the paper bag. You can use olive oil, vegetable or canola oil, coconut oil, even a flavored or infused olive oil would be a fun addition! If you’re adding salt or other seasonings, toss the kernels in the seasoning at the same time as the oil so they stick better.
I don’t recommend using butter to toss the kernels in before microwaving. Butter burns easily, so it’ll increase your chances of burning your popcorn and nobody wants that. If you want that buttery flavor, drizzle the melted butter on after your popcorn is popped!
Can I double this recipe?
Absolutely! I wouldn’t recommend tripling it though. If you triple it then you’ll end up with an overflowing bag of popcorn and a lot of kernels left unpopped in the bottom of the bag.
Add Some Seasonings or Toppings
You can get very creative with your toppings here! Think butter, cinnamon & sugar, garlic powder, dried herbs, so many delicious options to go with your popcorn.
If you’re tossing your kernels in oil, toss your kernels with the oil and desired seasonings . Otherwise, a little drizzle of butter after you popcorn is popped and any seasonings you want!
You May also like these other Tasty Recipes:
- Kettle Corn
- Crispy Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas
- Sweet and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles
- Deviled Eggs w/ Toasted Pecans and Bacon
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How to make Microwave Popcorn (in a Paper Bag!)
paper bag, and a microwave
- ⅓ cup popcorn kernels
- butter for topping optional
- ½ teaspoon oil optional
- Salt to taste or any desired seasonings
- If adding oil, toss kernels in oil and seasonings before placing in the paper bag. Or simply place kernels by themselves in the paper bag. Fold down the top of the paper bag 3 times.
- Place paper bag in microwave for 2-3 minutes until there is more than a 1 second gap between kernels popping. Every microwave is different, you may need to add more time or less time, so listen for the pops!
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