DIY Microwave Popcorn

Good people of the world, you are being ripped off.

I know, I know. Unwelcome news on a Tuesday, bad way to start the week, etc. But seriously? Have you ever heard of a little thing called “microwave popcorn”? It’s all “oh yeah baby, just hit the popcorn button. I’m hot and fresh and ready and I only cost $7 a box. Easy.”

Don’t try to butter me up, scam popcorn, because now I know what everyone should know: you can make your own.

Yes, in the microwave.

Microwave popcorn in your house, sans the microwave popcorn box.

Aside from the obvious cost savings – plain kernels are .99 per pound at Trader Joe’s, while microwave bags add up to a few bucks a bag – the DIY edition of this snack eliminates Earth killing cellophane wrappers, non-recyclable bags of questionable origin and content, and there is a refreshing absence of fake butter. Plus, you can add all your own seasonings and spices. My favorite is salt, pepper, EVOO and chile powder. You know, for when you want your snack to punch you in the mouth. That’s my preference, obviously.

Let’s do it, shall we?



. I lb. bag of plain popcorn kernels from your local grocery store

. A few tablespoons of butter or EVOO, if desired

. Salt, pepper, chile powder, cinnamon, sugar, dill, powdered jalapeño – any spice you like and think will taste good on popcorn!

. A plain brown paper bag – lunch sacks or bakery bags work well


1. Fill your paper bag with a quarter cup of plain kernels.

2. Roll the bag closed, but not so tight that it can’t expand a bit.

3. Pop on high for two-ish minutes. I just watched it and when the obvious popping stopped, I pulled the bag out.

4. Shake into a bowl, coat with butter or EVOO, and top with your desired spices.

Eat it.

6 thoughts on “DIY Microwave Popcorn

  1. Mer says:

    Sounds deliciosa, I’m going to try it. I wonder what would happen if you coated the kernels with the olive oil and spices before putting them in the bag? It would likely leak, but if you put it on a plate in the microwave, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.


    • Hilary says:

      I actually did try oiling it up before popping, and it worked exactly the same. It did distribute the spices a little more evenly, but then it rendered the bag oily and unusable for a second time, so it just depends on what you need, I guess.

      Do it! You’ll love it!



  2. Morgan says:

    Holy moly, just tried this finally after going to Rainbow Grocery this morning and filling up a re-used jar with $0.99/lb. popcorn in the bulk isle. I’m so glad you said to only put 1/4 cup in the brown bag because I totally would have added more and been completely overwhelmed with popcorn!! It’s delicious and so easy!

    Only problem is now I want to put on a movie and plop down on the couch with my huge bowl of popcorn instead of read for law school…

    Thanks Hilary!!!


    • Hilary says:

      Oh hooray! You’re welcome! Isn’t this the greatest snack ever?

      I’m writing this afternoon and popcorn (sea salt, cinnamon, and butterscotch chips!) and tea are definitely making the work easier.

      See you tomorrow!


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