Homemade Popcorn

Well, not totally homemade, as in I didn’t grow my own corn. (Not that I didn’t try, our corn was just sad last year…) But I sure as heck popped it without the use of a greasy chemically lined microwaveable bag!IMG_1536

Okay, I’ll admit that when it comes to popping corn the old fashioned way, I’m a bit of a chicken. For some reason, the thought of cooking kernels until they start flying across my kitchen always made me nervous. So when a friend called and said she’d been making her own, and it was awesome, I reluctantly gave it a try, and ONLY because she kept stressing just how awesome it really was!

And this little project of mine did make some of my fears come true. I have to admit it took me several attempts before I actually figured it out. Now…I can run an entire house hold, do laundry, cook dinner, homeschool 4 kids simultaneously, and take pictures to prove it all, but apparently the term “microwaveable safe” dish didn’t quite sink in.

If you can get that term down, then this will go much smoother for you all.

To start you need to take a little trip down the popcorn isle and pick out some kernels, or grow your own, but really, that’s just too much work.

Anyway, get some kernels, I chose organic, must be better right? Then grab some seasoning and butter spritzer. We picked out White Cheddar and Kettle Corn flavoring.

But don’t use them together. They don’t mix well…I’m just sayin’.


Oh, and you also need some vegetable oil.

Next, in a (please say very slowly and loudly) M I C R O W A V E – S A F E glass bowl add 3 Tablespoons of veg. oil and 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.


(notice the bowl above is plastic, don’t do this)

COVER with a microwaveable lid. Otherwise you’ll have kernels all over your microwave. You’d think this would be obvious.

Microwave on high for about 3 minutes or until popping slows to about 5 seconds between pops, times may vary according to your microwave.

Next spray with butter spritzer and sprinkle with desired flavoring. Toss and repeat. Take a small moment to thank me for reminding you to use a MICROWAVE SAFE glass bowl, then enjoy!


Tip: If you find that not all the kernels pop, you can half the recipe and cook each half separately. I guarantee you’ll still want to make the full recipe though as it will disappear quickly!

Some other flavors to try:

  1. Curry: 1 tsp curry powder, 3/4 tsp ground tumeric, 3/4 tsp ground ginger, tiny pinch cayenne pepper.
  2. Pizza: 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese, 1 tsp ground dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried tomato powder.
  3. Salt and Vinegar: 1/4 c salted malt vinegar, sea salt to taste
  4. Italian: 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese, 1 tsp ground dried oregano
  5. Buttery Goodness: Salt to taste, then drizzle some real melted butter over the top!
  6. Cinnamon & Sugar: Spritz with butter spritzer, then sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1 Tbsp sugar.
  7. White Chocolate: Place popped corn in a tupperware container and sprinkle with 1/4 cup white chocolate chips. Cover with lid and microwave 10 seconds, then shake warmed popcorn to slightly melt the chips.
  8. Cheddar Cheese and sea salt

Have a yummy flavor to share? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear try it!


  1. THANKS! My son loves popcorn, but the diacetyl free stuff is pricey so I don't buy it for him often. I'll pick up some kernels tomorrow. I'm not ready to make room for another kitchen appliance so at least he can still get his popcorn craving satisfied. Yeah!

  2. If you want to avoid the microwave altogether, use this:;=Froogle_df&LNM;=|B00004SU35&CPNG;=kitchen&ci;_src=14110944&ci;_sku=B00004SU35&ref;=tgt_adv_XSG10001We have one and LOVE it. The kernels come out sooooooo plump and fluffy. I can't have popcorn any other way now.

  3. why not try the old-fashioned way: in a saucepan pan!! just pour a little oil to cover the bottom of it, cover with the kernels, and place on medium heat! Don't forget the lid! the kids love it when it starts popping (I let the few "escape" before putting the lid on!)

  4. too funny! we are actually doing a popcorn unit study this week and will be giving one copy of it away next week! so come visit my blog! My kids love popcorn, my mom got us a popcorn popper last year for Christmas, the LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  5. I'm definitely going to try this =)

  6. I grew up with my mom popping it in a pan. I went the easy route when I first got married and got a cheap popcorn popper. Then I moved to England and couldn't find a reasonably-priced popper (poppers are rare here anyway), so I went back to popping it the old-fashioned way…in a skillet with a lid. It's far yummier than microwave or air popped! However, I highly recommend this popcorn pan if you can find one–I bought it for my mom once, and she loves it. It's so easy to use and has the same effect as a regular pan.

  7. Oh, the pan I mentioned is the same as the one Cajunrose sent you a link to! Awesome pan…wish I could get one in England.

  8. You can pop corn in the microwave without oil. Only downside is that it's a bit like air popped corn and salt doesn't stick to it.

  9. I have had my stir crazy for over 10 years and still use it and love it!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Glad you guys like it, I shoulda clarified glass microwavable bowl. I did think the lid was obvious though! lol I have to try the white chocolate.

  11. We use a Whirly-Popper on the stove and LOVE it. We got it as a wedding present 12 years ago and still use it all the time. Our secret to awesome popcorn is to use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil – better for you, lighter popcorn and it smells heavenly!Thanks for sharing your story.

  12. We always make our own popcorn, rather than use the microwaved stuff. However, we put ours in a kettle. Pour oil in the bottom, dump enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pan, when they have finished popping, pour into a bowl. We just lightly salt it without any other seasoning and love it! My kids ask for popcorn nearly everyday.

  13. Looks great. We made a few times popcorn and we used brown paper bags. – We sprayed a handful of kernels with oil (we used olive oil but any oil that you can spray would work). -We seasoned it (we use sea salt, but use your imagination). – Put them in a paper bag. Fold it really well. I usually fold it horizontally a few times and then tuck the corners under the fold I get. It's harder to explain then do it. But the idea is to makes sure it's not opening.- microwave it as you do with the bought bags. We love it 🙂 And we know what's inside….. 🙂

  14. I purchased the Stir Crazy popcorn popper just this winter and I LOVE it. It pops every single kernel every time! It's fun, the kids love it because they can watch it pop. every penny!

  15. Erica, you crack me up! And when you said homemade, I thought you meant old fashioned ~ on the stove top! lol

  16. Or, you could make it easy with the microwave and bag : 1/3 c kernels in a brown paper bag, fold over the end of the bag twice and add 2 staples at least 1" (one inch) apart. This is Alton Brown's suggestion on Good Eats! – works great if you want air popped style.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Microwave SAFE!!! … yep, I thot mine was … sadly one of my favorites broke and then couldn't eat the popcorn! lesson learned!

  18. We always have popcorn & movies on Saturday nights. I am going to try this. I also love all the flavor recommendations. We will definitely be having a variety of different popcorn for the next few weeks.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I also used to do the microwave popcorn, but had read that the microwave alters the structure of the food, and actually makes food harmful for you. So I was determined to make popcorn on the stove top. I used a small sauce pan with a lid and just covered the bottom of the pan with olive oil, turned the heat to high and let the oil heat up, then added enough popcorn kernals to just cover the bottom of the pan also. The kernels started to simmer in the oil, I turned the heat down and put a lid on it. Once it started to pop, I would pick up the pan and shake it around a little, and put it back on the fire. Once it got really popping I would shake some more, and turn off the flame. The kernels continued to pop from the heat inside, and once the popping stopped, it was done. Ready to put in bowl and top with whatever.

  20. To make your popcorn even healthier, use light olive oil rather than Vegetable oil(higher in fat and cancer causing). It will not change the flavor but will be better for you body.

  21. I cook our pc on the stove in a regular sauce pan with lid. Just like yours, but stovetop. It's loverly. I'm a salt and butter girl all the way. I have sprinkled parmesan cheese on mine before…or added cracked pepper.

  22. Popcorn is a favorite snack in our home. I usually season our popcorn with agave nectar or honey. See here: it sweet. 🙂

  23. We love pop corn. My mom got us an air popper last year and we LOVE it! And yes, organic corn is better, it's all we use. Organic popping corn is not genetically modified! For a healthier oil, try coconut oil! It's soo good as a pop corn popping oil! Olive oil is also good, but the high temps can sometimes cause carcinogens (as does vegetable oil) and I'm not sure what temp it reaches in the microwave.

  24. Oh buy a Whirly-Popper!!! They are so worth it! You use just a little oil ( olive oil is yummy and coconut oil makes it taste like a scrumptious dessert!!) For flavors we love jalapeno butter and parm. cheese or tajin seasoning!

  25. I was going to say, "Girl, you need a Whirly-Pop" but I see at least one person has beaten me to it. We love ours. And I can't wait to try that Malt Vinegar one that you listed…

  26. Anonymous says:

    I use a brown lunch sack 1/2 cup kenels 2 capfuls of oil place both in sack shake well fold top over twice nuke 2:30 add seasoning after and shake more

  27. We just use an air popper that I've had for almost 20 years and put real melted butter on it!I remember my grandma cooking popcorn in oil in a pan on the stove and it tasted so good!

  28. I make it in a pot on the stove. I love the white cheddar topping! Kids usually just want some butter and no flavoring.

  29. Haha, you're so cute popping popcorn in the microwave. I've never thought of trying that. When I was a kid I always popped them in the pot, but now I buy the bags. Since moving to the US I have never seen popcorn kernels, didn't think they had them here.

  30. If we use the microwave we use a small brown paper bag. Normally we just use a pot. It is always fun.

  31. Yum! I want to try the brown-bag way, as I've read about that so often. But your way reminds me a little of how we made popcorn growing up.Every Sunday night, my brother & sister & I would crowd around the "old fashioned" popcorn maker. (Kind of like the Stir Crazy one) My mom would put 5 or 6 kernels into the oil, and we'd each choose a kernel as "our" kernel. Then we'd have a little contest to see whose kernel popped first. (After that, we'd pour in the rest of the kernels…we didn't just eat 6 pieces of popcorn!)

  32. Funny that I just saw your post and just posted our popcorn recipes as well. Here it is

  33. Wow! So easy! =)

  34. I just cook my popcorn on top of the stove (my dad always used a cast iron skillet with a lid… I use my stainless skillet that I've owned for 20+ yrs). If you need a recipe: I got this one from Betty Crocker's cookbook years ago & it works great! 1/2 cup popcorn kernels1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola)salt to tastePlace ingredients in pan with lid & cook over medium high heat until first kernel pops. Remove pan from heat for 1 minute. Return pan to heat & pop kernels until popping sound slows (shake pan often while kernels are popping). Makes a lot! Enjoy!!

  35. I’m writing a small article about hot air corn poppers and I was wondering If I could use some of your pop corn ingredient ideas on our BYU dining online magazine MIX! . Please let us know. Thanks!

  36. You can also use a paper lunch bag and no oil is needed. Add kernels to the bag and fold down. Microwave for about 2 min. (time varys due to different microwaves) or until popping slows to 1-2 seconds between pops.

  37. We cook ours on the stove as well. Very easy, comes out great. We use organic ghee instead of oil because it doesn’t burn, but gives the popcorn the butter flavor so you don’t have to use artificial flavoring. I’d try avoiding the microwave as much as possible. Research how bad microwaves are for your health. They’ve even done a study where they had two identical seeds to grow. They tried growing one with regular sink water and the other with microwaved water. The one with sink water grew just as it should, the one with microwaved water wouldn’t even sprout. The microwave changed the water in a way that it couldn’t even get a simple seed to grow. If it is changing the water this way, what is it doing to your food? We all already know everything out of the microwave is depleted of any nutrients. But when I found out about the plant study, that was enough for me to finally get rid of the microwave once and for all.

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