Making paper bag popcorn in the microwave is one of the easiest ways I know to make popcorn with less cleanup, and creating a healthier version compared to store-bought microwave popcorn.
Here’s what you will need:
- Popcorn kernels
- A brown paper lunch bag
Step 1: Pour ¼ or ½ cup of popcorn kernels into the bag.
When I make popcorn for myself, I use about 1/4 cup of kernels, it’s the perfect amount for a snack-size serving. Use 1/3 cup if you want to share with another person or use ½ cup to completely fill the bag with popped popcorn.
Step 2: Close the bag
Fold the top of the bag twice to prevent the kernels from spilling out.
Step 3: Listen to the popcorn pop
Microwave on high heat for 2 – 3 minutes or until you can’t hear any more kernels popping. Depending on the type of kernels you use and your microwave’s power, timing will vary.
When the microwave stops, let bag sit for about a minute. Remove popped popcorn and place in a bowl. If there are any uncooked kernels, keep inside the paper bag, refold the top of the bag, and microwave for an additional minute.
Step 4: Add any flavouring you wish
My favourite is still the traditional buttered-flavour popcorn. Take a stick of butter (I use salted butter to avoid adding further salt) and melt in the microwave for a minute. Pour melted butter over the popcorn, toss to mix, and enjoy!