How to Make Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

How to Make Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

It’s so easy to pop popcorn in the microwave! All you need to do is put the bag on the turntable and wait for it to finish popping. The next time you want to make popcorn, skip the store-bought versions and try this easy paper bag method instead.

Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn Recipe:


¼ cup popcorn kernels

1 small brown paper lunch bag


Add the popcorn to the brown paper bag. Fold top of the bag over twice. Place the bag in the microwave on its side. Microwave on high for 4 minutes but stay nearby. If your microwave is powerful, it could take as little as 2 minutes to pop. Remove bag from microwave as soon as the pops are spaced around 2 seconds apart.

There are two basic styles of lunch bags you can find in the supermarkets. If you use the smaller size, use ¼ cup of popcorn kernels. If you use the larger size, use ½ cup of popcorn kernels.


Once you pop the popcorn, you’ll likely want to season it! Just place the popcorn in a bowl and add any seasoning you want. You may want to spray the popcorn with oil or butter first to get the topping to stick better. Aside from simple melted butter and salt (use two tablespoons melted butter and salt to taste), there are plenty of other ways to season your popcorn. Here are some ideas:

Cheesy Popcorn. Flavor your popcorn with about one teaspoon powdered cheese of choice. You can find powdered cheese made just for popcorn at supermarkets, specialty shops, and online.

Italian-style Popcorn. Shake some grated Parmesan cheese over the popcorn while it’s still warm. Next, add dried Italian seasoning and salt, to taste. If you don’t have dried seasoning, just use a few shakes of oregano and basil.

Chocolate Popcorn. There are two ways to make chocolate popcorn. First, you can take melted chocolate (white, milk, and dark chocolate all work well for this) and pour it over the popped popcorn. The second method is to take one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and ½ teaspoon fine sugar (such as confectioner’s sugar) and mix it in a small dish. Sprinkle it on top of the popcorn.

Green Tea Popcorn. Sprinkle popcorn with one teaspoon of green tea powder and salt, to taste. If you have powdered miso, you may omit the salt and use that instead for an even healthier treat!

Caramel Popcorn. This s caramel corn is the perfect treat and it’s simple to make, too. Use the larger-sized lunch bag to make your popcorn for this recipe because it calls for a larger amount of popcorn.

Chinese Five Spice Popcorn. The Chinese Five Spice blend that is commonly used in some Chinese dishes makes a great topper for popcorn! Just mix one teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice and one teaspoon of sugar in a small dish and sprinkle on top of the popcorn.