DIY: Microwave Popcorn


The USDA recommends half of the grains you eat be whole grains.  And popcorn totally counts!  Previously I posted how you can make popcorn in the microwave simply using a brown paper bag.  This idea prompted Beth to start making popcorn everyday and she’s just about lost all of her baby weight eating this low fat yummy snack.  Well, here’s another one for you, WITHOUT the paper bag.  I bring you, popcorn in a dish!

Step 1: Put 1/3 cup popcorn kernals in microwave safe 1 1/2- 2 qt dish with lid


Step 2:  Put in microwave for a good 5 to 5 1/2 minutes (or until popping slows down)

Step 3:  Top it with whatever your kids like!  Warning!  The dish is VERY HOT! Do not let your kids take this out of the microwave, and use hot pads.

I love this idea because pre-packaged microwave popcorn is full of chemicals, and regular popcorn kernals can get as low as .08 per ounce. (Although I think certain brands pop better than others)  But we need more topping ideas.  We usually add a small amount of butter, or cooking spray with a shake of salt.  But we are kind of boring that way.  What do you put on your popcorn?

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By Natalie Monson
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We mix powder from ranch dressing packets with melted butter for our popcorn. My husband thinks it is so weird, but I grew up on it. I have also heard of using Lawry’s seasoned salt.

What a great idea! So simple, so obvious, and yet I’ve never once thought of making popcorn that way. I’ve never thought of popcorn as a whole grain either. :-)


Cool! My air popper takes up so much room…now I can get rid of it.

We sprinkle the butter flavored powder that probably has all the same chemicals as microwaved popcorn. They sell lots of those cool flavor powders. I also had a teacher once do olive oil and spicy peppers; that popcorn was amazing but I never got the recipe.


I didn’t know you could do that! We’ve used an air popper before but could never really get anything to stick to it. I’d try spraying it with I can’t believe it’s not butter spray but then it would get kind of soggy. Maybe I’ll try the cooking spray idea and see if that works better.


We love popcorn here! My daughter and my new fall flavor is melted butter, and a spice blend of salt, a pinch of sugar and curry powder. We do stove top, with oil, but I’m totally trying this microwave way!

wow. i am going to have to try it that way!!! i like butter on my popcorn but if i buy popcorn at the popcorn store it is always “pickle popcorn”. yum. now if i could just find out how to do that at home!


Here’s a question- what is the best brand of popcorn kernels you use? Since you say that some pop better than others? Thanks so much- love your blog!


thanks = you have to try sprinkling ‘engevita’ or ‘good-tasting yeast’ from the health food store, on your popcorn after it is cooked – we are hooked on this and it is very healthy


This didn’t work too well, ended up with a burned mess although I followed the instructions. Be sure to adjust the time for your own microwave. The house smelled like burned popcorn for HOURS.

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