For years I had a little air popper for making popcorn. Eventually it died so I moved on to making popcorn on the stove.

It’s really, really tasty but not really good for you due to the copious amount of oil used in the recipe :)

I decided to experiment with making homemade microwave popcorn. It’s such a simple recipe: all you need is some popcorn kernels and a paper bag (oh, and I suppose a microwave is helpful too).


  • Measure 1/4 cup kernels of popping corn into a small brown paper bag. Fold over tightly 3 or 4 times.
  • Microwave for anywhere between 1 1/2 minutes and 3 minutes, depending on your micro’s wattage.*
  • Listen for the popping to slow significantly and carefully remove the bag.

This makes about 2 qts of white, fluffy popcorn! You can drizzle a little butter over the top if you want but it’s really delicious by itself. Or you can make my homemade microwave caramel corn.

*Lesson Learned: My first try left me with half a bag of charred popcorn because I put it in too long. For my 1000 watt microwave, it took about 1 minute, 40 seconds for a fully popped (uncharred) bag.

This recipe is linked at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Tasty Tuesday.


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