Microwave Popcorn

This easy alternative to bagged microwave popcorn doesn't cook in any oil or fat so it has a clean, nutty flavor that goes well with any[ number of toppings-though you can't go wrong with classic melted butter.]

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
6 to 8 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Directions

Place the popcorn kernels in a 2 1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl. Cover completely with a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high (at 100 percent power) until the popping slows down to about 4 seconds between each pop, 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Remove just the plate using a potholder or thick dish towel, being careful to avoid direct contact with the hot steam from the bowl. Then remove the bowl.

Place the butter in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup. Microwave on high (at 100 percent power) until the butter just melts, 45 seconds. If the butter is not melted enough, microwave again in 10-second increments. Drizzle the popcorn with the butter, sprinkle with the salt and toss to distribute evenly.

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Be sure to use a bowl specifically made to work in the microwave or the popcorn could take significantly longer to pop-- or may not pop at all. The cooking times in this recipe are for an 1,100-watt oven.

Yield depends on the brand and age of popcorn kernels.


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