Healthy Microwave Popcorn Recipe (Yes, in a Bag!)

Store bought microwave popcorn is nasty. That said, I’m not above eating microwave popcorn.


Because I’ve learned how to make it at home–sans all the chemical additives.

Yes, I know how to cook corn the old-fashioned way, in a pot on the stove. Or in our air popper. But there are some days when time is of the essence and a quick, nutritious snack can save the day.

In fact, this is a great technique for college kids and others who need a way to transport, keep and prepare fresh popcorn in a snap. Be sure to share a link to this recipe if you know someone who fits that description. Plus, wouldn’t a care package with this recipe, a bag of organic corn, and a batch of plain bags be a darling post-holiday, back-to-campus gift for your favorite undergrad?


1/4 cup popcorn kernels


Add kernels to a plain paper lunch bag. Fold over top, placing bag face down in microwave. Cook on high 2 minutes or until popping stops. Carefully remove the bag, pour out the corn and serve.


A simple lunch bag and a jar of popcorn. Just add microwave!

Prepare the bag by opening it.

If your family is big into corn, you can keep a scoop in your popcorn container.

Measuring in the kitchen is a great way to learn about fractions and math.

Smaller cooks may need help keeping the bag open.

Fold the top carefully.

An adult should place the bag face down in the microwave.

Just like the store-bought stuff, the popped corn puffs up the bag.

This recipe makes over two cups of popped corn.

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3 responses to “Healthy Microwave Popcorn Recipe (Yes, in a Bag!)

  1. My husband has a similar method he learned from an episode of Good Eats. His includes a sprinkle of olive oil on the kernels in the bag and a shake of popcorn salt before folding over the top. It’s the only way we do popcorn now.

  2. poprice

    That sounds good. I like a little homemade garlic salt with a sprinkle of good quality Grana Panado sprinkled on top.

    Dare I mention that we drizzled melted chocolate over this bag and added large flakes of sea salt?

  3. I just ordered some popping corn from Rancho Gordo (along with some awesome heirloom beans) and I thought I was going to have to make it on the stove top. I’m so glad I found this instead, because now I can make each boy their own bag of popcorn without getting the stove involved.