Air Fryer Popcorn

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Just put popcorn kernels in the air fryer and the air fryer will pop it to perfection! All you have to do is follow these easy recipe instructions to enjoy fresh air fried popcorn!

hand holding air fryer basket with popped pop corn

If you don’t have an air fryer, no problem! You can just follow my microwave popcorn video.

Check it out here:

popcorn in the air fryer

Air Fryer Popcorn

This recipe for air fryer popcorn is great for those of you without a microwave! I love having popcorn as a quick snack or to enjoy with a movie at night.

Share with your friends or family. Make as a snack for your kids after school! Popcorn contains a lot of fiber so this is a healthy snack!

This is a great gluten-free snack and can also easily be vegan as well. Just use plant-based butter or olive oil and vegan cheese!

popcorn in the air fryer basket

How to Make Air Fryer Popcorn

This recipe is so simple! All you need is your air fryer and some popcorn kernels. You can use packaged or unpackaged popcorn for this recipe.

Step one is to pour your popcorn kernels into the air fryer basket. Use about 3 oz if unpackaged. If buttered, break up any clumps so that the kernels are separated as much as possible.

bowl of popped popcorn

Next you will turn on the air fryer at 400F for 8 minutes.

When the time is done, remove all of the popped popcorn and place it into a mixing bowl. You can use a spatula to help you do this. Leave any un-popped kernels in the basket.

Return the basket to the air fryer at 400F and set for 5 minutes.

When done, remove the rest of the popcorn and enjoy with your favorite seasoning! Yum!

close up of popped popcorn

What to Do with Air Fryer Popcorn

You can just eat your popcorn as is from the air fryer, or add on some toppings and seasoning! Here are some great ideas:

  • Try some nutritional yeast for a vegan, cheesy flavor.
  • Parmesan-Rosemary: Toss your popcorn with 1/3 cup grated parmesan, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Sriracha-Lime: Melt 3 tablespoons butter and mix with 2 tablespoons Sriracha, 1 teaspoon lime zest and 1 tablespoon lime juice; pour over hot popcorn and combine. Season with salt.
  • Chocolate: melt some chocolate chips and drizzle over freshly popped popcorn

hand holding popcorn above bowl of popcorn

I also have a number of creative popcorn recipes you can try out if you are feeling adventurous!

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Air Fryer Popcorn

The air fryer does it all - even turns popcorn kernels into perfectly cooked popcorn! Just follow my easy instructions to make fresh air fried popcorn!
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time13 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: popcorn
Cooking Method: Air Fryer
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 108kcal

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  • 1 Package of popcorn kernels or 3oz kernels

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  • Step one is to open your bag of popcorn and pour it into the air fryer basket. If the kernels are clumpy, break them up as much as possible. You can use unbuttered or buttered popcorn.
  • Set air fryer temperature to 400F for 8 minutes.
  • When done, remove all of the popped popcorn. You can use a spatula to help you do this. Place in a bowl. Leave any remaining kernels in the basket.
  • Return basket to air fryer at 400F and set time to 5 minutes.
  • When done, remove the rest of the popped popcorn and enjoy!
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Serving: 1oz | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 1.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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