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

  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 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.

Alton Brown's Microwave Popcorn Recipe


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  1. 1
    Pamela Nelson

    Avoid bags with post consumer waste recycled content. (Same with paper towels in mic.) They can contain tiny amounts of metals that will burn easily.

  2. 2

    Brown paper bags are not food safe. According to the FDA, the ink, glue, and recycled materials in brown paper bags may emit toxic fumes when the bag is heated. Also, paper bags ignite easily during heating, she said.

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