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Microwave Popcorn - 3 Easy Ways!

Homemade microwave popcorn is a healthy snack that's quick and easy. You can make it in a paper bag, Stasher Bag or glass bowl!
Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 4 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Make Popcorn, Microwave Popcorn, Popcorn
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan

Ingredients

  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil while oil isn't required, I do recommend it
  • Optional: salt and butter

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix the popcorn kernels with the oil, so that they all have a light coating of oil.
    Bowl of popcorn kernels.

In A Bag

  • If microwaving the popcorn in a paper bag: add the popcorn kernels to a paper bag and fold over the the top twice. Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave), stopping when you hear a few seconds between pops. Remove the bag from the oven (it will be hot), and pour the popcorn into a bowl.
    Microwave popcorn in a paper bag.

In A Stasher Bag

  • If microwaving the popcorn in a Stasher bag: add the popcorn kernels to a large upright Stasher Bag and close the bag. Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave), stopping when you hear a few seconds between pops. Remove the bag from the oven (it will be hot), and pour the popcorn into a bowl.
    Microwave popcorn in a stasher bag

In A Glass Bowl

  • If microwaving the popcorn in a glass bowl: add the popcorn kernels to a medium to large glass bowl and place a ceramic dinner plate on top of the bowl to act as a lid. Microwave for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave), stopping when you hear a few seconds between pops. Remove the bowl from the oven (it will be very hot), remove the plate, and let the bowl cool to the touch before enjoying.
    Microwave popcorn in a bowl
  • Optional: you can sprinkle kosher salt and drizzle butter on top of the popcorn before serving.

Notes

  • If you opt to use a Stasher Bag, it really is best to use a large, upright bag versus a sandwich bag. The latter is just not big enough for all the popcorn once it pops.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg