DIY Microwave Popcorn

DIY Microwave Popcorn

Have you ever read the back of a popping corn bag? It gives you directions on how to make your own popcorn on a stovetop or in the microwave and it’s super easy. Seriously, you should check it out and stop buying bagged popcorn.

The last time I made my own popcorn was when I was growing up on the stovetop. It was one of my favorite childhood activities. But it wasn’t until recently that I saw this video on my aunt’s Facebook page from The Loop showing us just how easy it is to make your own popcorn in the microwave!

And after watching this video it’s even easier! You don’t need a microwave safe container or any fancy popping oil, you can use a paper bag and olive oil instead. And, I had to try this out myself!

DIY Microwave Popcorn
Looks pretty good to me!

When I first tried it my brown paper bag wasn’t big enough for a 1/3 cup of kernels, but I quickly realized you don’t really need measurements to follow this recipe. So, I just cut it down a bit. While I’m still having a few difficulties with the seasonings sticking to the bag, it’s nothing a few shakes can’t fix.

So I’m deeming this video a winner. And, pretty soon, I’ll hopefully have come up with a few tasty favor combinations. (Don’t worry they’ll still be gluten free and probably vegan too.) In the meanwhile, here is the general guidelines that I followed (measurements really aren’t necessary because the popcorn won’t pick up the excess oil).

DIY Microwavable Popcorn

 Allergens: Contains Corn. Always be sure that your ingredients meet your food allergy needs!

IngredientsDIY Microwavable Popcorn

  • Popping Kernels
  • Olive Oil (or another oil)
  • Salt
  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Paper Towel


  1. In a small bowl mix popping kernels, olive oil and salt. The amount of popping kernels will depend on the size of the paper bag, but start with a third of a cup. Coat in olive oil (which will be around 1 tbsp). And, make your own call on the salt.

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    Measuring it out with a tbsp. the first time because I’m traveling and didn’t bring any measuring cups!

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    Adding the Olive Oil

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    And, don’t forget some salt!
  2. Pour into a paper bag, and add a dash more salt. Fold the bag TWICE to seal.

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    Fold #1

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    Fold #2
  3. Place in the microwave for 2-2.5 minutes on top of a paper towel.

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    It’s almost ready!
  4. Shake and enjoy!

    DIY Microwave Popcorn
    Nom Nom Nom

P.S: If you can’t shake it up well, then just add in some extra seasoning at the end, as it tends to stick to the side of the bag.

I’m not saying that you need to convert your whole popcorn diet to this new trick, but I found it to be extremely cost effective and just as tasty as microwave popcorn I buy. Plus, I don’t have to read the list of a thousand ingredients to see if it contains gluten or any of my allergens.

DIY Microwave Popcorn
Perfect for a Movie Night

I’m of course bringing this snack to the party over at Fiesta Friday, although I’m sure a bunch of you already know this easy trick. Thank you so much to Naina @ Spice in the City and Julianna @ Foodie On Board for co-hosting. AND I can’t wait to experiment with this recipe more and give y’all some flavored DIY microwave popcorn recipes!

Happy Cooking!


5 thoughts on “DIY Microwave Popcorn

    1. Hi, Hilda! So you need to add some oil during the popping. I add the seasoning then, but if you want it to have a bit more flavor, you should/can add some after. (The only issue is that it can stick to the bag a little. I think if you shake it up better than me, it would be fine to add it all in the beginning.)

      This recipe isn’t the most flavorful; it’s more of the basics. But I’ve been experimenting with some different flavor combinations that I’ll post soon, including lime! (And, for those I add the flavoring after!) Let me know how it goes! 🙂

      1. Thanks. That is helpful. I would make my sumac pepper spice and add it later so as not to burn it, but I look forward to seeing your recipes too.

  1. Wow! How cool is that? I had no idea that we could make our own microwave popcorn! I will surely pass this info on to my husband as he is the popcorn guy in the family. It is a brilliant way to avoid a whole bunch of chemicals which are always in the bagged stuff. Thanks so much for sharing this with us this week at Fiesta Friday! 😀

    1. Thanks, Julianna! It’s such an easy way to pop it, and then you can add any flavorings that you choose. I’m still working on that bit. 😉

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