Get that movie theater taste with this Air Fryer Popcorn!
Air Fryer Popcorn is life-changing, can popcorn be life-changing? Maybe not, but let’s just go with it is!
I’ve made popcorn in the microwave, stove, and air popper, but in the air fryer? It’s amazing! It gives the popcorn this roasted taste, not burnt but more roasted than it would be in a microwave or air popper.
It has more of that movie theater taste to it for some reason.
Now, to make Air Fryer Popcorn it can be a bit tricky.
Can you make Ninja Foodi Popcorn?
This can be made as Ninja Foodi Popcorn or Air Fryer Popcorn, either way, you will get the same result. If you use the Ninja Foodi, simply use the air crisp function of the Ninja Foodi and follow all the remaining instructions.
Can you use aluminum foil in an air fryer?
Aluminum foil can be used in an air fryer. If you have an air fryer basket that has holes large enough for the kernels to fall through it, then you will want to place them on a sheet of foil and simply roll up the edges so the air still circulates.
I made ours sort of like a pouch and used 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to put inside.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Popcorn:
Once the kernels are in the foil, coat them with grapeseed oil spray. Then, you will cook it at 390*F in the air fryer for 15 minutes, keeping a close eye on it so it does not burn.
You’ll hear the popping and you certainly want to be sure there is a lid on the air fryer so the popcorn isn’t flying all over the place. I just peeked in to see how it was cooking for around 10 minutes and let it go until 15 minutes.
There will be some kernels that do not pop, just like you see when microwaving popcorn.
- Make sure that the basket is only filled in a single layer so that it is not overcrowded.
- Every few minutes, you need to shake the basket to expose the kernels to hot air.
- Do not leave this unattended because the kernels can burn easily.
- If you want, you can take the popped popcorn out and reheat the unpopped kernels so that they will pop.
We just season it with butter, salt, or other seasonings that you prefer once it’s done.
We found that we loved the taste just plain, it tasted roasted and delicious.
Air Fryer Popcorn
- 1/4 Cup Popcorn Kernals
- Grapeseed Oil Cooking Spray
- Aluminum Foil
- Salt to Taste
- Make a foil packet or pouch and put the kernels on top, making sure it fits your air fryer and is rolled up on the sides. Make sure this is an even layer.
- Spray the kernels with grapeseed oil cooking spray.
- Cook at 390*F for 15 minutes, checking in on it carefully around 5 minutes and 10 minutes. When checking on it be very careful because when the kernels get exposed to hot air, they pop. Be sure the lid is nice and sealed on the air fryer.
- Carefully remove once done and discard the kernels that didn’t pop and serve with the seasoning of choice.
15 minutes? That seems like a long time to cook popcorn.
That’s how long it takes.
How much popcorn kernels should I add to my 5.5 qt air fryer
Pat Stokes says
Didn’t work after 15 minutes only a few kernels popped
Air Fryers heat differently, if nothing after 15 minutes, you’d want to let it cook a bit longer to fully heat. We use a Ninja Air Fryer and 15 minutes is perfect for our air fryer.
Nothing after 15mins. Follow directions to a T! 😔
Oh no!! 🙁 Try to add an extra 5 minutes on if it hasn’t popped at all. The air fryers heat so differently that it takes a couple of times to get the perfect time for your air fryer. They all put out a different level of heat.
Rayan Marks says
I didn’t work for me either. 🥺
I did it without the foil and it worked.
Didn’t work in the Instant pot air fryer. Just burnt everything after 22 min with only a few burnt pops.
It’s working for me I pre heated the air fryer before putting the pop corn in it tho
Stephanie Eddy says
The flavor was really nice. But only about 2/3 of the kernels popped after preheating 7 minutes, popping the corn 15 minutes. I’ll try again tonight adding an extra five minutes. Used Bob’s Red Mill Organic Popping corn.
I did 400•f for 15 min. Smells delicious! Seasoned with cheddar cheese powder!Xtra crispy & tasty!
Companies may have different types of popping corn that have a variety of botanical names, so not all popping corn will produce the same result; ditto for oil
Barry Austin says
Old, dry popcorn will not pop. Simple …
did not work with emeril 8qt airfryer and popsecret stove top, just turned the kernels brown
Can i add butter for my popcorn
Yes, but I would add it after it’s cooked.
BA Bonetti says
Try drizzling popped corn with olive oil and seasoning with salt, rosemary, and parsley. It gives it a great flavor without all the fat of butter.