Wondering How to Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn? It’s easier than you may think!
A couple of weeks ago we finally broke down and bought another microwave (loving this one so far) after a couple years of not having one. I honestly didn’t really miss having a microwave for a very long time, but I must admit it makes reheating leftovers and canned or frozen vegetables SO much easier. Honestly, though, I mainly wanted a microwave for how much easier it is to melt chocolate. 😉 Plus, I was so very much missing my beloved microwave popcorn.
Don’t you just want to grab a handful? Yum!
Since not having a microwave, I was making our own popcorn on the stove. It’s not rocket science and is even pretty quick to do, but I’m all about less big bulky dishes to clean, so it wasn’t my favorite way to make popcorn. On the other hand, we’re trying to eat more natural and clean foods, so using store bought microwaveable popcorn wasn’t exactly something I wanted to do either. Thus, my quest to find out how to make your own microwave popcorn.
One of my favorite new ways to use this recipe – marshmallow popcorn balls. Recipe coming soon!
Luckily, my first trial was a success, other than overcooking it by just a few seconds that resulted in some burnt kernels. You can also make this popcorn dry without any oil or salt, but I think it tastes better when you cook it with them. Once it’s done, just add any flavorings you want like melted butter, more salt, pepper, cheese, etc.
How to Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn
I do want to make note of some important information before you try this out yourself.
Important Safety Information – Please read before trying this recipe.
- The type of bag you use is very important. I use extra-large lunch bags, but it is best to use bags specifically marked for microwave use. Why? Some bags can actually contain traces of metal, especially if they are recycled (which I honestly wouldn’t really want to touch my food anyway due to potential chemicals).
- If your bag happens to have metal in it, it may react with your microwave and cause a fire. While I’ve yet to have it happen (but have read about it ) even without metal in the bags, there is always a potential for them to catch on fire, even with store-bought microwaveable popcorn. Because of this always stay and watch your popcorn. If your bag happens to catch on fire, turn off the microwave and only remove when the flames have died out with your hands safely covered.
The resulting microwave popcorn is excellent, in my opinion. Mr. Grub Geek and I have been topping ours is melted butter and salt for movie nights. I can’t wait to try it next with some sugar for kettle corn!
- Extra-large microwaveable bag
- ½ cup unpopped popcorn (if you can only find small bags, you'll want to just use ¼ cup)
- 1 scant Tablespoon oil (optional - use a little less than a full Tablespoon, I use olive oil)
- Sea salt (optional - I don't measure and just sprinkle on a healthy amount)
- Open paper bag and pour in unpopped popcorn
- If desired, drizzle over oil and sprinkle on salt.
- Fold open part of bag down twice on itself.
- Give the bag a few shakes to coat the popcorn with the oil and salt.
- Place in microwave right side up (not on the side).
- Microwave until you don't hear any popcorn popping for 2 - 3 seconds. The exact time will depend widely on your mircowave's stats. Mine was ready in about 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
- Let bag sit in the turned off microwave for about a minute to cool down and let any final kernels pop.
- Carefully remove from microwave, open, and empty into bowl - it may still be hot and contain steam.
- Toss with other toppings, if desired, and serve.
Butter, salt, ground pepper, cayenne, garlic, cheese, candies, etc.