Nov 2, 2011

Easy Microwave Popcorn

Popcorn is definitely a favorite snack of ours to have while catching up on our DVR or watching a movie.  I used to only buy microwave popcorn that came in the cellophane wrapper and was loaded with butter, salt, and who knows what else.  Then one day, James came home saying that someone at work made popcorn in the microwave with just popcorn kernels and a paper lunch sack!  I'm sure my jaw hit the floor. How could that possibly work?  There was no oil, no cellophane wrapper...there was just no way.  But I had to give it a try and lo and behold, what do you know, perfectly popped popcorn!

While I think that plain popcorn is kind of...gross, I do love knowing exactly what's in my snack.  I always add butter and salt (popcorn salt!) but you can spice up popcorn anyway that you like it.  Spicy, sweet, tart...pretty much anything goes.

This recipe makes enough for one large bowl, about two servings.  If you put too many kernels in the bag, they won't all pop and you'll be left with a lot of wasted kernels.  If you want or need more than two servings, make the popcorn in batches.  Also, you can use regular salt here but now that I've found popcorn salt, which is pretty much a powder, I'm never going back. :)

Easy Microwave Popcorn

Printable Version

¼ cup popcorn kernels
1 lunch sack/paper bag
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted (optional)
popcorn salt, to taste (optional)

 1. Place popcorn kernels into the bag (they should cover the bottom of the bag). Fold bag over in ½-inch increments, twice.
2. Place in microwave and set for 3 minutes or use popcorn button, if available. Listen carefully for kernels to stop popping. As soon as the popping stops, take the bag out of the microwave. For this amount of popcorn, it should take between 2-3 minutes to fully pop without burning.
3. Place popcorn into bowl and season as desired.

adapted from family friend


Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

This is awesome! I've never tried to make popcorn like this better. This is definitely a better idea than buying the prepackaged kind.

Kreeper611 said...

I can't wait to try this!  The packaged kind never turns out right.

Hannahpotter12 said...

I've never heard of this method either! I haven't eaten packaged popcorn since I got my Whirley Pop and I'm never going back. It's nice to know of another method to cook popcorn though!

Stephanie Cottrell said...

I definitely need to try this!  I bought an airpopper recently, but sometimes it's just a little too loud.  I actually LOVE plain popcorn

Sara Hoverson said...

my mom has been making popcorn for years in an truly eight's style popcorn maker (i'm blanking on the name), and i proudly received one when i graduated from college years back :)  she always just uses salt, no butter, but it is popcorn salt!  you're so right to call it a powder - a magical powder that clings to every last kernal creating a bowl of yumminess!!

Danielle said...

Ok, I have to try that. Sure beats messing up a pot on the stove.

Meatloaf Recipes said...

What a delicious recipe! It's really good one. I will try this soon. Thanks for sharing. said...

easily my top recipe from 2011 & perfect for watching the ball drop tonight. thanks so much for the effortless snack idea. looking forward to trying out more from your blog for sure!

here's my post on the same:

happy new year!

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