Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Midafternoon snack, anyone?

Midafternoon snack

This recipe combines the ease of microwave popcorn, with the wholesome ingredients of stovetop popcorn. The kernels pop up fluffy and crunchy, with just a hint of buttery flavor.  I love to make this in the evenings, when I’m trying to avoid eating anything too calorie-laden, or in the afternoon, when I need to bridge the gap between lunch and supper, without going overboard.

Midafternoon snack

Ingredients and Supplies

  • 1/3 cup popping corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 brown lunch bag
  • 1 medium-size microwave-safe bowl (optional)
  • salt (optional)


  • Place the popping corn and the butter in the lunch bag, and fold over the top of the bag about an inch, twice.
  • If you don’t want to be cleaning spattered butter off of the floor of your microwave, place the bag in the microwave-safe bowl.
  • Put the bag, or bag-in-bowl, in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes, or until the popping slows to about 2 seconds between pops.
  • Dump the popcorn out of the bag, and into the bowl.  Salt, if desired.

Midafternoon snack

The bag soaks up most of the butter, but some of it stays on the popcorn, and some of it also spatters into the bowl.  If you use that same bowl as your serving dish, those splatters will get back onto the popcorn.  It’s just enough butter to add a subtle flavor.

I adapted this method from one I found at allrecipes.com, and I should point out that a small percentage of the people who tried that original method had issues with the bag catching fire.  I never had a problem, but I would suggest keeping an eye on things the first time you make it.

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I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found here at Polka Dot Cottage, writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday life. I live in New Jersey with my husband, two sons, and entirely too many craft supplies.

14 thoughts on “Homemade Microwave Popcorn

  1. I love popcorn! Especially in the evening when the house is quiet – probably because then I can eat it without little hands taking it all! lol I make mine in a pot on the stove with just a smidge of olive oil. Sometimes if I am feeling particularly frivolous, I will use a flavored oil.

    I think I need to go make some popcorn now!

    See what Emily has been blogging about: He’s 10!

  2. OK, tried it!
    No need for firemen!
    Pretty good results.
    You know I read somewhere that is you let the pop corn kernels soak in water for an hour or so then drain before making them pop….you get great big whoppers!!
    Gonna try that next time combined with your new method!

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