DIY Microwave Popcorn In A Bowl


Learn how to make An easy, healthy and inexpensive alternative to microwave popcorn. This is how to make DIY microwave popcorn with just a bowl and unpopped kernels.

If you need an easier, healthier and cheaper alternative to microwave popcorn bags, you’re in luck today. We’ll show you how to make DIY microwave popcorn with just a bowl. It’s really just as simple as popping kernels in a bowl, adding salt and butter, and then getting creative with your toppings! Read on for the easy step-by-step instructions.

DIY Microwave Popcorn in a bowl is an easy, healthy and inexpensive alternative to microwave popcorn. Pop it in a bowl, add salt and butter, or get creative with your toppings!

Microwave Popcorn Bowl – Healthy 5-minute Snack

Hi folks! I’m Amanda from Life at Cloverhill, and I’m so excited to be joining the Kenarry Creative Team. I love to share recipes, crafts and DIY projects that make my 1903 farmhouse feel like home. As much I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, there are times when you just need a quick snack. It can be so tempting to turn to something quick and processed, but what if I told you there is an easy way to make a healthy snack in less than five minutes?


Popcorn Made Without Oil

DIY Microwave Popcorn not only satisfies those crunchy, salty cravings but with no oil needed there are fewer calories as well! It’s a whole grain, fiber-filled snack that is great for watching TV in the evening or as an afternoon snack for kids as well.


When we’re having friends over to watch a movie I like to use my usual Perfectly Popped Stovetop Popcorn but on evenings when it’s just my husband and me, this DIY Microwave Popcorn gives us just the right portions without the need for an air-popper. I’ve seen other versions that use a brown paper bag, but I rarely have those in our house, whereas I always have a bowl and there is less waste.

DIY Microwave Popcorn in a Bowl

What you’ll need:


What are the best popcorn kernels to use in the microwave?

I have been loving this farmhouse blend of popcorn kernels I picked up on a trip to the St Jacob Farmers Market this summer.


How do you store unpopped kernels? 

Keep your popcorn kernels stored in an airtight container to keep them as fresh as possible. Stale kernels are less likely to pop and can turn chewy instead of crisp and crunchy.


Microwave Popcorn Bowl Tutorial

Here’s how to pop popcorn in your microwave. All you need is a bowl!

1. Pour Popcorn Kernels Into the Bowl

Pour ¼ cup popcorn kernels into a large microwave-safe bowl.


2. Cover the Bowl With a Plate

Cover the bowl completely with a large microwave-safe plate. If the plate is too loose, the steam will get out and the kernels will not pop.

3. Microwave The Popcorn

Microwave on high until the kernels slow down popping, up to 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Stay and listen to the popcorn, you want to stop it once there are 4 seconds between kernels popping.

Time will vary based on your climate, how powerful your microwave is and how fresh your popcorn kernels are.


WARNING: Be very careful when removing the plate and bowl. They’ll be very hot and you need to use oven mitts to remove it from the microwave. Lift the plate off immediately to prevent the steam from making the popcorn soggy.


4. Add Your Favorite toppings

I love to go the classic route, melting butter in the microwave and drizzling over the popcorn with a sprinkle of salt, and a quick toss!


Microwave Popcorn FAQs

Do all the kernels pop without a bag? 

I find that sometimes all the kernels pop and if not, there are usually only a few popcorn kernels left in the bottom of the bowl.

Can you make kettle corn this way?

Yes, you can! Just stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt before you pop the popcorn. This will coat the kernels and make yummy sweet kettle corn.

Can you pop popcorn with a paper bag?

Another popular option is to use a lunch-sized paper bag for microwave popcorn. This method works just as well as a bowl and plate.


This satisfying snack is fast, healthy and delicious – it always hits the spot when I’ve got a craving for something crunchy or salty.


I’m not the only one who loves eating this popcorn! With simple ingredients, I’m not worried about giving our dogs a few bites as well.

DIY Microwave Popcorn in a bowl is an easy, healthy and inexpensive alternative to microwave popcorn. Pop it in a bowl, add salt and butter, or get creative with your toppings!

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Originally published October 2016. Updated October 2018. 

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  1. I always thought that you needed a special paper bag to do this. My girls love popcorn so I’m definitely going to try this 🙂

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