Poor Man’s Microwave Popcorn

Poor Man's Microwave Popcorn

Microwave popcorn is convenient, but commercial varieties have a bunch of crap in them that can cause cancer. Imagine something processed being bad for you? What are the odds?


Of course you can air pop corn, or do the “old fashioned” stove top method, to which I’m partial, but you can also make your own microwave popcorn when you’re short on time. You might think this would be difficult, but it takes about 5 minutes and that includes popping. Not bad for a fast, healthy snack. You control what goes in to the bag, so there’s no gross chemicals or anything.

Not only is this a neat snack, it also is a cheap snack! You can’t go wrong with that! Once you try it you’ll do it over and over again. It’s that easy and that good!

What You’ll Need:
Plain brown paper bag
Sea salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Take a paper bag and place a thin layer of popcorn on the bottom of the bag:

Poor Man's Microwave Popcorn

Yes it’s not the best picture, but it gives you an idea of how much popcorn you need.

Add in some sea salt. You can add anywhere from 1/2 a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon depending on your tastes. Plus you can always add salt after it’s popped too, but if you pop it with the salt it gives it an overall better flavor.

Put a drizzle of olive oil in the bag, one teaspoon tops.

Fold the top of the bag over a couple of times and lay the bag on its side in the microwave. Pop for anywhere from 2-5 minutes depend on your microwave. It takes about 2 to 2 1/2 minutes in mine. When the pops start to slow down you know it’s time to stop.

Carefully remove from the microwave. It’s hot and the oil spreads in the bag. Carefully open the bag, just as you would a commerical bag, and don’t let the steam burn you.

Place in a bowl and eat!

Note this makes about 2-3 cups of popcorn. If you’re serving more than one you’ll want to make multiple bags.

Poor Man's Microwave Popcorn

Notes: You can make variations of this. To make kettle corn follow the instructions above, but also add a tablespoon of sugar when you add the salt. You could also add in a tablespoon or two of Parmesan during the salt step if you wanted a cheesy snack.

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