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

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 van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

36 responses to “How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave”

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

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

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

  4. Thanks,that’s a neat tip!

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

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

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

  8. 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. I had no idea this was so easy!

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

  11. I been doing this for a few years now, always works well! Don’t overcook though

  12. Great idea! I didn’t know about this method.. So much better than the store-bought stuff full of junk! Thank you

  13. I always forget that it’s just this easy! Thanks for reminding me! I have 2 bags left to use in the box then I will start on it this way – no chemicals! WHooohoo!!


  14. Who knew this was possible? And a fun activity to try this weekend!

  15. This sounds really cool… I’m going to need a brown paper bag. A BIG one.

  16. this is an awesome idea, will have to try next movie night with my little guy!

  17. I didn’t know this was possible! What a great alternative to other microwaveable popcorn, and something my daughter would enjoy helping with. 🙂

  18. I will have to try this

  19. This looks really good and I haven’t homemade popcorn in a long time which is bad because it tastes really good and it’s a healthier option for a snack

  20. This is great to know. I usually break out the large pot for the popcorn then a dis for melting the butter and a batch of dishes. YUCK I do not have a dishwasher to hid them in so I have more dishes to was before I can go to bed. I hate to wake up to a mess.

  21. This sounds so easy compared to the way my wife does it, she likes using Coconut Oil and a big popcorn pop with the stirring wand. It’s a real pain in the butt to clean all the time though. I think I will try this and see if she can be convinced.

  22. I make popcorn like this all the time, great for single servings.

  23. We’ve done this for years and SO simple (and cheap)

  24. I still need to try this out and I really should, we go through a lot of popcorn here and it would be cheaper in the long run!!

  25. I like that recipe. I really do not like buying the ready made microwave popcorn. This is really to do.

  26. thanks I am going to try this next time I have popcorn

  27. Thanks for a great idea! 😀

  28. My daughter has even has a popcorn machine, she has however said it doesn’t work well enough so she just makes it in the microwave.

  29. Looks easy – I’ve never done it this way before!

  30. This looks like a great way to make popcorn

  31. I did not know you could make popcorn in a paper bag, too easy.

  32. Wow great idea thanks for the tip this will be cheaper then buying it all the time.

  33. Neat tip! I have never made it that way before. Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks.

  34. Fantastic I make a lot of popcorn

  35. The kids would enjoy this as a different way to make popcorn. We use the machine often but love to change it up!

  36. Love this idea!! My kids would think this was so cool.

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