Homemade Microwave Popcorn

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I love popcorn, it is my favorite movie snack and TV watching snack. There are many ways to make popcorn at home, one of my favorite ways is to make popcorn in the microwave. No need to buy the microwave popcorn packets at the store, no need to worry about the chemicals, and other little hidden things that are in store bought microwave popcorn. In this instructable I will show you how to make your very own homemade microwave popcorn. It is incredibly easy to do, super duper cheap, and would be a fun thing to do with the kids. Let's get snacking!

If you have any questions or comments put them down below and I will make sure to get back to you as soon as I can. Follow the easy steps below or watch the very short video tutorial, or do both!

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Step 1: Ingredients


  • 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels (Pop Secret Jumbo are my favorite Kernels, but any will work)
  • 1 tsp of olive oil (or any oil) - optional
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 brown paper sack (lunch bag)
  • Fork
  • Small bowl


Flavor with your favorite popcorn toppings!! Some of my favorite toppings are of course salt, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, butter, ranch powder, etc.

Step 2: Mix Kernels

First lets put our kernels in a bowl and add our olive oil and a few shakes of salt, then stir with a fork or spoon. Now, oil is not necessary, the kernels will pop without it, but I like to add it to add a hint of flavor.

Step 3: Add Kernels to Bag and Fold

Now we just add our kernels to a brown paper bag (common lunch bag here in the United States). Then fold over the top 3 or 4 times. Keep it upright.

Step 4: Microwave!

Now place the bag upright in the microwave and cook on high for 1 min 20 to 1 min 45 seconds. It depends on your microwave. My microwave is a 1200 watt microwave, and it takes only 1 min 20 to complete. You want to let it pop until you hear about 1 second pass before another kernel pops. Don't let it go too long, it will burn. It is much better to leave some un-popped kernels, then to burn it.

Step 5: Open It Up!

Once done, take out that bag of goodness and open it up, be careful steam will escape. Then check out your results...mmm yummy!! Now flavor the popcorn however you like. You can put all your flavors right in that bag, and give it a good shake, then eat it out of the bag, or pour it in a bowl!

Happy Snacking!

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Check out the short video tutorial!

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    10 Discussions


    2 years ago

    oooh bacon grease and bacon salt with a touch of sugar love it

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    3 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Here in UK it's hard to get flavoured popcorn without "paying a King's ransom" This leaves too salty/too sweet (for me). Thanks to you today I made my own ~ hurrah! I experimented and added torn basil to my oil then stirred kernels in mixture so all got some = gorgeous. For a sweeter version I substituted honey and nutmeg/cinnamon did the same thing = delicious. Final version was soaking sultanas overnight in apple/elderflower juice (not concentrate) strained sultanas then rolled in kitchen towel to dry, stirred into kernels and straight into bag/microwave. Loved the warm plump and juicy sultana coupled with the popcorn. Still great when cooler. Tomorrow, going to try oil/basil version adding chopped cooked bacon.

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    Wow very nice!!! That is awesome! I had no idea flavored popcorn was so expensive in the UK. But in reality already popped and flavored popcorn here in the states is really expensive too compared to buying a big bag of kernels that you can pop yourself. It is extremely rare that I buy already popped popcorn. haha and I eat popcorn almost every night!! A little bit of an addict. My favorite toppings are parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, with a touch of ranch popcorn seasoning. But then again, can't ever go wrong with melting a bit or butter and drizzling it on top with some salt....mmm ok, now I need to go make some!


    3 years ago

    I've never tried this because I thought the bag HAD to have the special "metal" thingy in it! This will save so much money & is healthier. Thank you!

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    Yes it does save a TON of money!! :) You can buy like a huge bag of kernels for like 2 or 3 bucks which will make tons and tons of bags worth! And then the bags themselves are cheap. Give it a shot and let me know how it turns out!! :)