Microwave Popcorn

Microwave Popcorn

A vast amount of the popcorn consumed in this country is produced via microwave oven. In fact, Americans spend approximately $18,000,000,000.00 a year on microwave popcorn.* And here’s the thing, we could save about $17,999,999,993.00 by following this recipe. No … seriously.

*I totally just made that up.

Microwave Popcorn
Serves 1
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  1. 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  2. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Combine the popcorn and salt. Shake to combine in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the top of the bag over twice to close. Place the bag in the microwave and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until there are about 5 seconds between pops. Open the bag with care and devour.
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Alton Brown's Microwave Popcorn Recipe


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  1. 1
    Lea C

    Omg!!! Came out perfect!! No oil needed to pop. Very fluffy. I added a Tbsp of melted virgin unrefined coconut oil AFTER it popped and shook the bag so the sea salt would evenly coat. Perfect!!!

  2. 13

    Delicious! i am on weight Watchers and am also fairly health conscious. Got back into the habit of buying those micro popcorn packs because it was always such a hassle to get my air popper pit and clean it. This couldn’t be easier! I scoop mine out and the n my kids can add butter to theirs.

  3. 14

    I had trouble getting the corn to pop. I microwaved it for about 3 and a half minutes and still had half of my kernels that were unpopped. Maybe I needed fresher kernels?

  4. 16
    Mary Gaige

    This saves me SO MUCH $$$. My son eats nothing but popcorn some times and he has ADHD so I won’t allow him to use the stove until he’s older and he loves this! Honestly you don’t even need the staples, I don’t own a stapler, so I just make sure to tightly fold it down twice- doing a hard crease each time…I’ve never had a problem.

  5. 21
    Dan Breyen

    AB, have you given up on convincing people that it’s OK to use two staples on the bag as long as they’re far enough apart?

    • 22
      Jen Dorr

      I still do the 2 wide spaced staples ever since i learned this trick from AB’s cook book ages ago. It freaks people out when i do it, but i’ve never had a single spark.

  6. 23
    Susan Potter

    If out of paper bags, you can use a big microwave safe bowl an offset dinner plate. I use one that has a flat bottom, to spread the kernels evenly. I add a bit of coconut oil (enough for a very thin layer at the bottom) because totally dry popcorn withers my soul. Popping will take longer than 1-2 minutes. Just be careful removing the plate, and hang out near your microwave until you know how long it takes to pop corn.

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