Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Healthy DIY Microwave Popcorn

Contributor: Andrew Wilder

Just buy a stack of paper lunch bags (cheap!) and a tub of plain popcorn kernels (cheap! cheap!) and you’re on your way to making your own microwave popcorn bags.

  • Author: Andrew Wilder
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


  • ¼ cup Popping Corn
  • A light misting of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste


  1. Place ¼ cup dry corn kernels in a small paper bag. Be sure the bag has no staples or other metal in it.
  2. Fold the bag over a few times and place in the microwave.  Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes, just as you would with the store-bought packages.  Once there are about two seconds between pops, hit the stop button so it doesn’t burn. There will be a few unpopped kernels, but that’s okay.
  3. Pour into a bowl and spritz with olive oil.  Sprinkled with salt and pepper.  Toss or stir to evenly coat, and enjoy!  (And don’t forget to save the bag for next time!)