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
5 min
5 min

6 to 8 cups

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

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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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

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