Homemade Microwave Popcorn

My microwave usage has gone way down since I started eating cleaner. I am not necessarily afraid of the “microwaves” emoting from the microwave, but I don’t think it cooks food quite the same as on the stove or in the oven. I think it kills a lot of healthy nutrients.

But I was intrigued to try homemade microwave popcorn. And I was surprised how easy it is! Healthy too!

arrowhead brand organic popcorn

I like purchasing organic popcorn, mainly because it’s free of pesticides and it will not be grown from GMO (genetically modified) corn seeds. I found the Arrowhead Mills brand at Whole Foods. Check the organic isle at your local grocery. Whole Foods also carried bulk organic popcorn if you don’t want to commit to a full bag.

I store my popcorn kernels in a medium sized stainless canister with a tight fitting lid. You can use any type of air-tight container. Some suggest to store popcorn kernels in the refrigerator or freezer, but I store in my cupboard.

TIP: If corn is not popping properly, don’t throw it away; first try storing it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. Excess moisture will dry out and hopefully it will pop better next time.


  • 2 Tbsp popcorn kernels
  • 1 lunch sized paper bag
  • 1 tsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional salt to taste


  1. Measure 2 Tbsp of popcorn kernels and pour into a lunch sized paper bag.
    measure 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels
  2. Don’t squish down the bag to release the air inside; fold over the opening of the bag. You can staple or tape, but I just leave it loose and I haven’t had any problems.
    add kernels to paper bag and fold bag, leaving air inside.
  3. Pop in microwave for about 1-2 minutes. IMPORTANT: don’t let it go too long. It pops fast, and it ends quickly! Once you don’t hear any popping noise, it’s probably on the verge of being burned! I still haven’t got the timing down perfectly!
  4. Pour into a large bowl and mix in 1 tsp of good quality extra virgin olive oil
    pour good quality olive oil over popped popcorn
  5. Mix in salt if needed, but remember it adds extra sodium.

You can keep re-using the same paper bag for additional servings too!

Enjoy this healthy fiber-rich snack!

enjoy homemade microwave popcorn with olive oil

Nutritional Data

One serving – does not include optional salt.
If topped with 1/8 tsp salt, add 290.7 sodium

Calories 124.8
Total Fat 5.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 0.0 mg
Potassium 65.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Protein 2.5 g
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.0 %
Vitamin C 0.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.8 %
Calcium 0.0 %
Copper 0.0 %
Folate 0.0 %
Iron 3.1 %
Magnesium 0.0 %
Manganese 0.0 %
Niacin 0.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.0 %
Phosphorus 0.0 %
Riboflavin 0.0 %
Selenium 0.0 %
Thiamin 0.0 %
Zinc 0.0 %

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