DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn

Looking for a homemade snack that is fast, easy, good for you, and delicious? There is no need to look any further than a giant bowl of my DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn!! No more standing over the hot stove, no more questioning weird ingredients on the labels of store bought microwave popcorn packs, and absolutely no need to pay astronomical prices for pre-popped popcorn ever again. All you need to make a big bowl of delicious popcorn in your microwave is a brown paper lunch bag, a little bit of butter or oil, popcorn kernels, and salt!

This DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn recipe is part of our 3-part  ‘Choose Your Own Recipe Adventure’ video series on You Tube featuring popcorn!

Watch me make my DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn  for you step-by-step in the video above….

A brown bag of popcorn spilling out onto a table next to a big bowl of popcorn.

Popcorn is just about the quickest, easiest, and most delicious snack on the planet, which is why I LOVE it! However, there are a few things that I don’t love – standing over a hot stove shaking a heavy pan is a hard no when I’m trying to kick back and relax with a bowl of popcorn. And then there is the question of what is actually inside the bags of microwave popcorn from the grocery store? I mean – if I can’t pronounce an ingredient I don’t really want to eat it! 

You can literally make popcorn with no fuss in minutes, all you need are 3 ingredients and a brown paper bag! 

Brown paper lunch bag || You know that stash of brown paper lunch bags hiding out in your cupboard, awaiting their time to shine on school field trips?  Well, I have another use for them, turn them into the perfect, eco friendly, disposable vessel for popping popcorn in your microwave! 

Popcorn kernels || It doesn’t matter what kernels you use here – yellow kernels, white kernels, mixed bag kernels….they all pop the same!

Oil || I personally use olive oil  whenever I am making my DIY brown Bag Microwave Popcorn, but you could use coconut oil, avocado oil, or even butter. Really, whatever you want to use will work. Just know that your popcorn is a blank slate and will take on the flavor of whatever oil that you use. 

Salt || While I cook exclusively with coarse grain kosher salt, only fine grain sea salt gives me that salty popcorn fix that I crave! A finer grain salt will stick to the nooks and crannies of the kernels as they pop making for a superior tasting popcorn.  

popcorn spilling out of a brown paper bag onto a table

Since the secret is out of the bag, so to speak…

…you might just find yourself popping popcorn every day, in which case you might also find yourself craving a little flavor variety! Now that you know the basics you can really take this recipe and turn it into any flavor profile your heart desires. Click on the links below to see how to make two more of my favorite DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn flavors, one savory and one sweet – both equally delicious!

DIY Microwave Kettle Corn || I am one of those people that has to buy the JUMBO sized bag of kettle corn at the fair! I love it and can literally just eat  it by the fistful. While I’m not exactly sure how the guy with the giant kettle at the fair makes his, I have perfected a pretty delicious DIY version that is pretty hard to beat. Plus, my recipe is made with maple sugar which means it is free of refined sugars and WAY better for me than the fairground version.

Cacio e Pepe Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn || Cacio e Pepe is one of my all time favorite pasta dishes – mainly because it’s delicious, but also because it’s EASY!!! The name literally translates to cheese and pepper. I mean, you really can’t go wrong when you transform a bag of basic microwave popcorn with Parmesan cheese and freshly cracked black pepper. 

If you’ve tried my DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn recipe I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours! 

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A brown lunch bag with popcorn spilling out

DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: snack food
  • Method: microwave
  • Cuisine: snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think about this popcorn in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours! 



1/4 cup popcorn kernels

1 teaspoon olive oil

fine sea salt or fine table salt to taste


Combine all of the ingredients in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold down the top 3 times and microwave on high for 1 minute 45 seconds – 2 minutes until popping has slowed to 2-3 seconds between pops.


Microwaves vary, so you may need to increase or decrease the cooking time to ensure that most of the kernels pop, but none of them burn. You can also use the popcorn function on your microwave if it has one.

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