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Microwave Popcorn Recipe
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Microwave Popcorn

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"Believe it or not, you can make your own delicious, low-fat microwave popcorn using standard popping corn and a brown paper lunch bag. It works perfectly."

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    2 mins
  • COOK

    3 mins

    5 mins


  1. In a cup or small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack, and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.
  2. Cook in the microwave at full power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to avoid steam, and pour into a serving bowl.
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  • Note
  • A few kernels will remain unpopped. Longer cooking may pop the rest, but will burn some of the already-popped kernels, so it is not recommended.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 20, 2008

We've been doing this for years with a couple minor changes. First, we've always use olive oil which is not only healthier but adds a wonderful flavor. Second, we fold the top of the bag over just once and put one staple in the middle. This allows steam to get out without the top popping open (pun intended). The staple is so small we've never had any problems with sparking or whatever. I've also experimented with adding in a fresh jalapano pepper or some chopped garlic so it is never blah. One last thing, get some popcorn salt, it is much finer than table salt and works so much better. I can't imagine buying MW popcorn with all the additives plus costing $1 per bag or more! Enjoy!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 05, 2010

If you keep the popocorn in the freezer you will get better results when popping......

Jul 03, 2006

I had to make this recipe twice, because the first time it burned after I set the bag on it's side like usual microwave popcorn (recipe did not state how to put bag in). As it turns out, the bag is supposed to be set upright (not on it's side), and it turned out just fine. Try spraying "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" on top to keep it low cal.

Feb 10, 2008

WOW! This is the coolest thing! I've heard for years that this could be done, but for some reason, never tried it. I used 1/3 c. unpopped corn with no oil, and seasoned to taste with salt afterward. There were literally NO unpopped kernels, and none were burnt! The bag was in for about 3 minutes, and the tip about listening for 2 seconds between pops was great! I've always heard 5, and part of my corn usually burns. I am so excited about this! I will never buy store-bought micro-corn again. Really versatile, too; this could be seasoned up with anything!

Jul 16, 2011

This is so easy, don't doubt it. I made it with oil and without and it works both ways. I always have unpopped kernels but i would rather have them, then burnt popcorn. it is great, easy, healthy and cheap! that's tough to beat. I use the butter flavored spray release and I got great seasonings through kernelseasons.com -they carry lots more then you will find at the grocery store. enjoy! i have used this idea and turned it into a gift basket...i got cute lunch bags, a big bowl, seasonings and butter release spray and a bag or jar of popcorn. i typed up the instructions and gave them all as gifts last year....now my whole office knows how to make it.... this is really a great recipe. thanks again Acontorer!!!

Mar 06, 2008

Made this for the first time yesterday using olive oil but next time (and there will be many times) I will try without oil as some reviews state they have had success with that. I would rather add 1 tsp EVOO after it cooks for more flavor, if necessary. I will skip the salt in the bag as I had to add more afterward anyway. Lots of fiber, very filling, low fat (esp without the oil), made a ton, inexpensive, no chemicals or cardboard taste (like packaged micro popcorn), and no packaging in the landfill. No downside to this recipe! Total bag = 6 WW points made according to recipe

Feb 11, 2008

I've been making popcorn this way for years. Be sure to sit the bag up, not down on its side. And if your microwave does not have a turntable, turn your bag every 30 seconds or so. If a lot of kernels have popped, I put them in my serving bowl and then continue microwaving the rest. Oh, and I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray and Butter Buds for a low cal snack.

Jun 12, 2007

This was a really nice treat! I didn't use the oil to save on fat and calories. My children enjoy spraying with the I can't believe it's not butter spray and then sprinkling parmesan cheese or dry ranch dressing on top. Very good!


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  • Calories
  • 137 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.6 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 389 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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