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

NUTRITION INFO
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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Seriously, you needed to copyright this??? Hahahahahahha ummm cant wait for the next! item not reviewed by moderator and published
don't blame the recipe if you didn't follow it.<div><br /></div><div>a non-microwave specific bowl/plate may absorb enough energy to delay the interior of the kernels from reaching the steam phase quickly enough to produce satisfactory results .</div><div><br /></div><div>also be sure the popcorn kernels are fresh! old ones (or perhaps bargain brands) will not pop well.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
sharona  <br />Seems strange to even call this a recipe because it's not.  It ended with burned kernels and not much in popcorn.  I won't be trying this again.  Not worth it.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
A better alternative is to use brown paper lunch bags.  Add 1/4 C. popping corn, fold over the top and secure with tape.  Set microwave on high for 1 minute 45 sec. to 2 minutes until you hear 2-4 seconds between pops.  Add your favorite flavors and enjoy!  I use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray.  A much healthier alternative.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed directions exactly. Bottom center of bowl actually burned through to microwave platter, which was burned also.<div>Popcorn barely started popping. I left everything on the (cold) stove overnight and in the morning,  bowl completely shattered.</div><div>This was an Anchor Hocking microwave safe bowl. Could have been dangerous if anyone was around. </div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Worked very well except that all kernels were not popped after 4 minutes 30 seconds in a 2.2 cu. ft. 1200 watt oven.  The size of the microwave also has a bearing.  Our 2.2 cu. ft. oven takes 30 seconds longer to pop 3 oz. than our 1.6 cu. ft. and they are both 1200 watt.  Will be trying in the small oven tonight.  We did not use a bowl or plate that was specifically made for a microwave.  We used a heavy glass bowl and a stoneware plate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
worked just as described a healthier option to cooking on the stove top with oil  item not reviewed by moderator and published
popped some of the kernels, maybe a handful. didn't burn many of the kernels, but did burn my microwave-safe bowl and cracked it in the middle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Didn't work. Took 8 minutes to get any of the kernels to start popping and then they were borderline burnt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hahahaha you seriously tried this?? Short bus huh?! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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