Serves 1

(or 2 if you are willing to share!)

If you have a regular size lunch bag:

1/4 cup plain popcorn

1 tsp canola oil

1/4 tsp salt



If you have an oversize lunch bag:

1/3 cup plain popcorn

2 tsp canola oil

1/2 tsp salt

Measure the popcorn and add the oil into the measuring cup to coat the kernels. Pour into a brown paper lunch bag. Add salt.


Fold over the bag several times tightly to close. Place upright in the microwave. Make sure that the bag is not touching the top of the oven and will rotate. Cook about 2 minutes on high. Stop when you have not heard a pop for 2 seconds, to keep it from burning. The time will vary among different microwave ovens. It is better to stop it a little early and waste few kernels, because it can burn very quickly.

Open the bag carefully and pour out the popcorn. Discard the oily bag.

After years of frustration of looking for microwave popcorn without excessive salt, oil and sugar, I decided to try this. It works, and costs a fraction of the packaged microwave popcorn.