How Long Do You Microwave Popcorn?

You might wonder why we have to get into the hustle to make Popcorn at home when you can easily order pre-packed, pre-flavored Popcorn.

Of course, you can enjoy a pre-packed, pre-flavored, pre-processed popcorn bag, but if you are someone like me who loves to do things on your own, you should know all the information regarding microwaving the Popcorn based on facts.

To microwave Popcorn, you need to take the following things into considerations:

  1. Steps required to cook Popcorn perfectly
  2. How long should I cook Popcorn
  3. Listen to the sound carefully
  4. Time required to cook Popcorn

Microwaving the Popcorn is undoubtedly a fast, super-easy task that does not require much follow-up and clean-up. Still, it’s essential to keep an eye on them to avoid burning issues.

Read on to get an insight into the procedure to make your popcorn just the way you want them!

1.  Steps Required to Cook Popcorn Perfectly:

There are seven steps to cook perfect popcorn:

How Long Do You Microwave Popcorn?
  1. Take a measuring cup and measure ¼ cup popcorn kernels.
  2. Take a regular paper lunch bag and add the popcorn to this bag.
  3.  Fold that bag down to the level of popcorn.
  4. Place that lunch bag into your microwave
  5. Set the timer of your microwave.
  6. Wait until all corns pop up.
  7.  Bowl out your homemade popcorn kernel.

Let me guide you through a step-by-step process by which you get a 99% inexpensive snack, 0% extra effort, 99% less wasteful, and 100% tasty popcorn.

Step 1:

The first step to take is to go to your kitchen, hold a measuring cup, and take ¼ cup popcorn kernel.

The measurement written here is just to give you an example. Take as much as you want.


Secondly, you need to have a paper lunch bag. After this, add that measure of ¼ cup popcorn in that bag. Make sure the bag is in good condition.

If you don’t have a paper bag, you can also use a glass bowl (readily available in every kitchen) and cover it with a plate. It works the same.


This step is effortless. If you are using the paper bag, then fold it to the level of Popcorn. You can skip this step if you are using a glass bowl.

Don’t worry about the paper bag; it will unfold by itself as the Popcorn starts popping up.


This step is the obvious one, but I have to mention it as a step.

It’s time to place that popcorn bag or glass bowl into the microwave.


This step is very controversial but let me try to make it clear for you.

Set the timer for 2 minutes. And stand near the microwave. Listen to the popping sound. If you stop hearing a popping sound for two seconds, then quickly stop the process. Don’t wait for the timer to stop by itself.

At this step, you need to pay extra attention or else all your efforts will go in vain! I am sure you don’t want that.


Stand near the microwave patiently and think about having a freshly cooked popcorn bowl in your hand. Sounds fantastic, right?

But don’t lose your attention here. Alert all your sense of smell receptors. Although you have already set the microwave timer, it’s essential to smell-check everything.



Finally, you made it! You have succeeded.

It’s time to treat yourself and your family a little fancy. Bowl out all popcorn kernels and make it fancy by topping it with some cheese or melted butter and salt.

Serve it to your family and enjoy the movie night!

2. How Long Should I Cook Popcorn?

How Long Do You Microwave Popcorn?

People cook their Popcorn for about one minute globally. However, this time varies depending on your microwave oven power. Using the 700-watt microwave, you need 2 minutes to cook your Popcorn correctly.

A general rule of thumb is to cook Popcorn for one minute. Although this time frame is used by most people globally and works well, it is not the best thing to practice. Ideally, you should use your sense of smell to confirm whether your Popcorn is fully cooked or not.

Also, it depends on the power of your microwave. I am assuming that you are microwaving your Popcorn in a 700-watt microwave. In that case, you can set the timer for two minutes. Many people prove it, but again it’s not fixed. If, after 2 minutes, you see some popcorn that needs to cook, then increase the timer for more than 10 seconds.

There is another significant factor that plays a great role, the quantity of your Popcorn. There is no rocket science here; you have to keep in mind that if you are microwaving a good amount of Popcorn, it will require time to pop up every single corn.

3. Listen for the Sound To Slow:

Stand near the microwave oven and pay attention to the sound. Stop the timer when you do not hear the pop sound less than once per second.  Don’t stick to your timer, or else you will end up having burned popcorn.

Now, this is the main thing I need you to focus on. Regardless of whatever time you are setting for microwaving your Popcorn, you need to pay great attention to the pop-up sound!

The best advice I can give you here is to stay near your microwave and listen carefully.

Stop the microwave timer when you stop listening to the pop sound less than about once per second. If you stick to that particular time frame, you will end up eating burned popcorn. That’s not what you want.

4. Time Required to Cook My Popcorn Perfectly?

There is no exact time frame to microwave the Popcorn. As soon as you stop hearing pop-up sounds about once per second, quickly stop the timer and bowl out your kernels.

NOTE: By doing this, you will not have every single corn well-cooked. Of course, there will be a spoon full of corn that doesn’t pop up. But, this is way better than eating a whole bowl of burnt and scorched popcorn.


Making Popcorn is an easy and fun task to do when you are at home. But a lot of people get confused about setting up the microwave timer.

If you came this far, this article might have had resolved all your confusion regarding microwaving the popcorn. I also gave you a step-by-step guide on how to make Popcorn in a microwave.

I hope you found this helpful!