Published Jun 8th
Prep 2m Cook 3m Additional - Ready In 5m
Servings 3 servings Calories 137.1

Believe it or not, you can make your own delicious, low-fat microwave popcorn using standard popping corn and a brown paper lunch bag. It works perfectly.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a cup or small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack, and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.
  2. 2 Cook in the microwave at full power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to avoid steam, and pour into a serving bowl.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 137.1
  • Carbohydrate 24.6 g
  • Fat 3.1 g
  • Fiber 4.9 g
  • Protein 4.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.4 g
  • Sodium 388.6 mg
  • Sugar 0.4 g

Chef's Notes

A few kernels will remain unpopped. Longer cooking may pop the rest, but will burn some of the already-popped kernels, so it is not recommended.


  1. Instead of a paper bag, I use a pyrex mixing bowl with a plate laid upside down on top of the bowl to keep the kernels from jumping out. works great and no waste. note that the bowl and plate will be HOT so grab some mits :)
  2. This is so easy, don't doubt it. I made it with oil and without and it works both ways. I always have unpopped kernels but i would rather have them, then burnt popcorn. it is great, easy, healthy and cheap! that's tough to beat. I use the butter flavored spray release and I got great - Read more ...
  3. If you keep the popocorn in the freezer you will get better results when popping......
  4. I can't believe this worked. I have made this twice. My son loves it. It tastes like air popped popcorn. The second time I cut the kernels to 1/3 cup. 1/2 cup had too many wasted kernels. I might even cut it to 1/4 cup next time. It filled a brown lunch bag. We added - Read more ...
  5. Made this for the first time yesterday using olive oil but next time (and there will be many times) I will try without oil as some reviews state they have had success with that. I would rather add 1 tsp EVOO after it cooks for more flavor, if necessary. I will skip the salt in - Read more ...
  6. We've been doing this for years with a couple minor changes. First, we've always use olive oil which is not only healthier but adds a wonderful flavor. Second, we fold the top of the bag over just once and put one staple in the middle. This allows steam to get out without the top popping - Read more ...
  7. I've been making popcorn this way for years. Be sure to sit the bag up not down on its side. And if your microwave does not have a turntable turn your bag every 30 seconds or so. If a lot of kernels have popped I put them in my serving bowl and then continue microwaving - Read more ...
  8. WOW! This is the coolest thing! I've heard for years that this could be done, but for some reason, never tried it. I used 1/3 c. unpopped corn with no oil, and seasoned to taste with salt afterward. There were literally NO unpopped kernels, and none were burnt! The bag was in for about 3 - Read more ...
  9. This was a really nice treat! I didn't use the oil to save on fat and calories. My children enjoy spraying with the I can't believe it's not butter spray and then sprinkling parmesan cheese or dry ranch dressing on top. Very good!
  10. I had to make this recipe twice, because the first time it burned after I set the bag on it's side like usual microwave popcorn (recipe did not state how to put bag in). As it turns out, the bag is supposed to be set upright (not on it's side), and it turned out just - Read more ...

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