How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

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How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Watching a movie at the theater or home is the perfect opportunity to indulge in tasty snacks like nachos, pretzels, pizza, and, of course, popcorn. Popcorn is an all-time favorite enjoyed by many and a perfect snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. However, it is well known that most store-bought microwave popcorn that comes in a bag contains large amounts of salt, artificial flavors, and unhealthy oils such as canola, soybean, and others. Yet on the other hand, making microwave popcorn at home can be a healthier option, allowing you to decide what type of ingredients to use. Popcorn can be made in three different ways at home, such as on a stovetop, with hot air (a small appliance known as an air popper), or in the microwave.

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Popcorn is a healthy snack.


Is Microwave Popcorn a Healthy Snack?

If you are looking for a healthy snack, microwave popcorn is a good choice. It has a decent amount of fiber because it is whole grain. According to the American Heart Association, popcorn contains more fiber than whole-wheat bread per serving. What’s more, consuming whole grains can lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions. 

Nutritional Values of Popcorn

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the following nutritional information is based on 24 g (3 cups) of air-popped popcorn without additional oil, butter, or salt.

Nutrition Serving Size: 1 cup (8 g)Air-popped
Water0.265 g
Protein1.03 g
Energy30.8 kcal
Carbohydrates6.2 g
Total lipid (fat)0.362 g
Sugars0.07 g
Dietary fiber1.16 g
Iron0.254 mg
Calcium0.56 mg
Magnesium11.4 mg
Potassium26.2 mg
Phosphorus28.6 mg
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium13 mg

Tips to Make Microwave Popcorn Better at Home?

  • First, choose a good-quality brand, and be sure to check the packaging and expiration date.
  • Listen to the sound of the popcorn to ensure it does not burn. It is important to remember that microwave ovens vary in temperature.
  • Always make sure that the microwave is clean before making microwave popcorn.
Popcorn is taken out of the microwave in the kitchen.
By adding your own spices to microwave popcorn, you can keep track of your calorie intake.

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What Can I Add to Popcorn for Flavor?

Popcorn is versatile when it comes to flavor and can be used in various recipes and also as a Christmas decoration. For flavor, salted and butter are most common; however, spicy and sweet can be great alternatives. Here are a few flavor ideas to tickle your taste buds. Mix and match to find your favorite one, and let us know in the comments your favorite combination.

  • Garlic and herb
  • Cheese
  • Gingerbread
  • Caramel
  • Chili

Mastering Microwave Popcorn

There are three ways to make microwave popcorn at home. These methods can be made with or without butter or oil; however, a drizzle does improve the flavor.

Most recipes call for a paper bag; however, it is important to note that not all paper bags are microwave-safe. Grocery store paper bags can be flammable and catch fire in the microwave. For this reason, standard paper bags are not made from heat-resistant paper, which typically has an inner lining made of other plastics or silicone. Therefore, be sure to use a microwave paper bag first.

A step-by-step guide for making delicious popcorn in the microwave

  • Paper bag: Put the popcorn kernels into a microwave-safe paper bag and fold the top twice. Place the bag in the center of the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Once you hear a few seconds between the pops, remove the bag from the oven using gloves.
  • Stasher bag: These reusable silicone bags are eco-friendly, can be used on the stovetop in the microwave, and work great in the fridge or freezer. In addition, stasher bags should not be turned inside out, as this can affect their lifespan and cause damage. Add the kernels to the bag and zip it closed. Next, put the bag in the center of the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Once you hear two to three seconds between pops, take the bag out of the microwave.
  • Glass bowl: Place the kernels in a large, tempered glass bowl. Cover with cling wrap and poke a few holes through it, or cover with a large dinner plate that allows heat to escape and microwave for 3 to 5 minutes until you hear a few seconds between pops. Using gloves, remove the dish from the oven and take off the cling wrap or plate. Allow it to cool for a few seconds.
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How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

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  • Author: Kay Keene
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 2 (30g per serving) 1x


Popcorn offers a satisfying crunch that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Follow this simple recipe for how to make homemade microwave popcorn. Quick and easy, and the kids will love making it too. Make sure to keep an eye on the popcorn while it cooks.


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  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
  • Your choice of seasoning or herbs


  1. First, toss the kernels with salt and olive oil to ensure they are fully covered. Then place them in a microwave-safe dish.
  2. Cover the dish with a dinner plate or cling wrap (remember to poke a few holes on top). Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes until you hear 1 to 2 seconds between pops.
  3. Finally, using gloves, remove the bowl from the oven, take off the plate or clingwrap, and allow it to cool. Sprinkle with your desired seasoning or herbs. Serve and enjoy!


Ensure to use a big enough glass bowl; ¼ cup of kernels yields 6 cups of popcorn.

  • Method: Microwave


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 g
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
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