Brown-Bag Microwave Popcorn

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. Done right, it is the perfect addition to a healthy diet. Done wrong, it can destroy (at least) a day’s worth of healthy eating in just one sitting.

I’m all for having a small bag of movie theater popcorn as a treat. But for everyday snacking, I prefer microwave popcorn. Now, I’m not talking about the prepackaged kind that costs a fortune and contains a bunch of unnecessary ingredients. I prefer making my own using a brown paper bag, fresh popcorn, a few sprays of cooking spray and a sprinkle of salt.

It is simple, inexpensive and healthy. On top of that, there is no cleanup at all!

You can use the basic recipe, or you can personalize it to your taste. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Do you prefer cheesy popcorn? Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese when you take it out of the microwave.
  • Like a little spice? Try adding some hot sauce.
  • Are you the sweet and salty type? Add 2 tsps of white sugar before cooking, and you have a healthier version of kettle corn.

The possibilities are endless.

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Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn
Inexpensive, easy and healthy - delicious microwave popcorn without all of the chemicals and none of the cleanup. Note: This is air-popped popcorn made in the microwave. If you prefer your air-popped popcorn plain, just put the popcorn in the bag and follow the popping instructions... no cooking spray or salt needed.
  • 1 brown paper bag
  • ⅓ to ½ cup unpopped popcorn
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Pour unpopped popcorn into the paper bag
  2. Holding the cooking spray upside down inside the bag (so the nozzle is pointing towards the bottom of the bag), spray enough cooking spray to lightly cover the kernels
  3. Sprinkle salt over the popcorn
  4. Fold over the top of the bag 1-2 times, and then shake lightly to coat
  5. Place the bag standing up in the microwave, and cook on high for 2-3 minutes
Cook time will vary depending on your microwave. Do not leave the popcorn in the microwave unattended. Remove the popcorn from the microwave when popping slows to 2-3 pops per second.




    • says

      My wife is a spice weakling… jalapeno would do her in. 😀

      However, it just goes to show how versatile simple air popped popcorn can be. We prefer to use the paper bag vs. the air popper because paper bags are easier to store, and when you are done, you just toss them. If you didn’t use any oil at all (which is my preference), the bag is even still recyclable.

      This is the only way we’ve popped popcorn in our house for the last 10 years.

    • says

      You see, the problem with me is… I am a lazy housewife… I don’t want to clean that darned bowl!!! When you make it in the bag, you eat it out of the bag, and then toss the bag… no mess at all. (my secret is out, now)

      Now, using the bowl is a great idea… and, some might say, is more environmentally friendly… so both options are good.

      We also like using the bags because each person in the house can make his or her own and top it however they like.

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