Air-popped popcorn in the microwave? Yes, it can be done and it’s so simple! I was just reading an article in USA Today about the newly-discovered health benefits of popcorn (namely antioxidants). So popcorn lovers out there, this is for you. Air-popped is the healthiest, and lowest-calorie way to enjoy this crunchy snack. The best part is that you can season however you want! Don’t have an air-popper you say? Don’t you worry, you can make sir-popped popcorn in the microwave.


I admit, it took me a couple tries before I got it right. The first time, I put it in for too long, not only did the popcorn burn, it started smoking up the house and I think I inhaled some before I opened up all the windows and doors and tried to get both the smoke and the smell out. Needless to say that bag made it into the trash. It’s not difficult at all – and if you follow my instructions, you won’t repeat the mistake I made.

Air-Popped Microwave Popcorn

Yield: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 120


  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 brown paper bag


  1. Pour the popcorn kernels into the brown bag.
  2. Fold the bag over twice, and lay sideways in the microwave, fold-side-down.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds to 2 minutes. 
  4. Remove from microwave, and sprinkle with your favorite topping - I used garlic salt. 
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