How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

If you want to know the easiest way to make popcorn then you have to learn how to make popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave.

It is so simple!

How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

A good friend taught me this method a while ago and I love it, no need to get chemical and preservative filled store-bought microwave popcorn bags anymore. I even have a fancy popcorn machine that is collecting dust somewhere in the garage now.

How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave

O.k., and all you need is some popcorn kernels, a microwave, and a brown paper lunch bag! Easy!


Making Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave


  • 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
  • (optional) 1 tbsp butter and a pinch of salt
  • 1 lunchbox-sized brown paper bag


  • Measure 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels and put them inside the brown paper bag.
  • Fold the top of the bag over a few times to seal it. Ensure the bag is sealed properly to avoid the kernels spilling out when popping.
  • Now put the bag in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until you hear the popping slowing down. Timing depends on your microwave so be sure to watch the whole time when microwaving your popcorn. If you leave it for too long you risk the paper bag catching on fire. I've made popcorn regularly using this method and I've never had it happen but I have always been watching and stop the microwave as soon as the popping slows.
  • Wait for the popping to stop completely, open the bag carefully and serve.
  • (Optional) Top with melted butter and salt.


Have you ever made popcorn using a brown paper bag in your microwave? What’s your favourite popcorn seasoning?

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Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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10 responses to “How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave”

  1. Nicole Precourt — September 28, 2017 @ 8:48 pm (#

    Thanks for sharing, I had no idea you could use a brown paper bag.


  2. Adrienna — September 28, 2017 @ 9:05 pm (#

    My two love the Kernels Dill Pickle seasoning. A dash of that with some butter….very tasty.


  3. loriag — September 29, 2017 @ 5:11 am (#

    Funny this is old school popcorn making like we did when microwaves first came out.


  4. kathy d — September 29, 2017 @ 5:58 am (#

    Thanks,that’s a neat tip!


  5. Anita D. — September 29, 2017 @ 1:44 pm (#

    Neat! This must be sooo much healthier then the packaged microwave popcorn.


  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 29, 2017 @ 7:54 pm (#

    Thanks for this recipe, I’ve just sent it to my daughter, her family eats popcorn regularly. 🙂


  7. Tannis W — September 30, 2017 @ 8:21 pm (#

    Looks like a great idea, and quick snack. A much healthier alternative to the store bought microwave popcorn.


  8. kristen visser — October 2, 2017 @ 8:32 am (#

    fantabulous ! i have popcorn often (every weekend) it is my go to when the kids go to bed and i wanna enjoy a chick flick. i have never made my own tho! totally trying this.


  9. Krista Embertson — October 12, 2017 @ 7:40 pm (#

    I had no idea this was so easy!


  10. Stephanie LaPlante — October 16, 2017 @ 6:19 am (#

    Oh I’m definitely trying this. We love our popcorn.


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