Home made popcorn, less than half the price of shop bought


Home made popcorn, less than half the price of shop bought


Was poking about in the Armageddon cupboard today whilst writing a meal plan for next week and trying to use some existing stocks. While poking about and mentally constructing meals, I decided to use some popcorn. Idly reading the instructions, I noticed that it could be done in the microwave, so I though I would have a go, having previously always done it on the hob.

Home Made Popcorn

60g is a couple of handfuls. I was going to use a plate, but wasn’t sure it would stand up to  the length of cooking time with not much moisture in there. I didn’t want to crack it, so I used cling film over the top of the bowl.

Mike likes the  salted savoury popcorn version, so I sprinkled over salt, and ground lots of pepper, but it all kept falling to the bottom of the bowl. So I melted in a tablespoon of butter, and mixed it all well, which worked beautifully. You could use any fat of course, including a vegan spread or coconut.

What was the savoury popcorn like?

I said to Mike that it would be best eaten today, to which he replied that it shouldn’t be a problem. It was all gone within the hour!

This is a quick and healthy snack which could be used in packed lunch boxes too.

Variations of home made popcorn

Well there are lots of those! Butter (or non-dairy spread)  flavoured with very finely chopped rosemary, mint or oregano. Or flavour your butter with  tandoori spice, or any other curry spices. Or try some peanut butter melted in;  Marmite; white miso or tomato puree

I tried some recently dressing the popped corn with porcini powder, Parmesan, Aleppo pepper and butter. Divine! Deeply savoury and a little bit warm from the pepper

Or for sweet versions use honey, maple syrup, agave, jaggery, crunchy demerara or anything else you fancy.

After my experience with the salt and pepper, I would recommend any dry flavourings are moistened with a little butter to make them stick.

savoury popcorn recipe
savoury popcorn recipe

Home made popcorn

A quick and healthy snack.
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Prep Time: 1 min
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 6 mins
budget meals
cheap family recipes
Gluten Free by Eucalyp from the Noun Project
Gluten Free
low saturated fat by Yoyon Pujiyono from the Noun Project
Low Fat
No Nuts by Llisole from the Noun Project
Nut Free
vegan by Guilherme Furtado from the Noun Project
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 6p
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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  • 60 g popcorn Asda 500g/£1.25, 15p
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tblsp butter £1.55/250g, 9p


  • Put the popcorn in a microwaveable bowl and cover.
    Raw popcorn
  • I was going to use a plate, but wasn’t sure it would stand up to  the length of cooking time with not much moisture in there. I didn’t want to crack it, so I used cling film over the top of the bowl.
  • Now, microwave at 800 watts for 4-5 minutes. I had to turn my microwave
    power down. If you can’t turn yours down, just keep an eye on them.
  • They will take a little while to start, but when they do it's fast and furious. There are always kernels that refuse to pop, and I haven't yet found a way to make them.
  • Remove all the popped kernels from the bowl and dress with the butter, melted, and salt and pepper
    Dressed popcorn

Equipment Needed

cling film


Nutrition Facts
Home made popcorn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Lesley

    Well no, I haven’t, but what an intriguing thought. I may have to have an experiment!

  2. ZolaSpud

    Idle curiosity after reading this post – have you tried popcorn as a crunchy topping on a pie type thing (crumble, ocean pie, etc, etc)?
    I’ve not, but it sounds at least feasible to me 😀

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