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Here is a simple and easy recipe to prepare air fryer popcorn. It only takes about 15 minutes to make, then you have your delicious snack ready to go! You’ll also find the printable recipe card to download and print.

Air Fryer Popcorn

After several hours of research, I found the best way for you to prepare this air fryer popcorn like a pro.

Continue reading if you want to learn:

  • The best way to prepare your air-fried popcorn
  • Some useful and necessary tips
  • Related FAQs
  • How to serve your popcorn (Toppings)
  • How to store and reheat air-fried popcorn
  • Advantages & Notes of using an air fryer

Air fryer popcorn Recipe

Air Fryer Popcorn – Recipe


  • ¼ Cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 1Tsp Oil
  • Aluminum Foil, Optional 
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Salt


  1. Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil. Make sure to fold the edges to let the air and heat flow.
  2. Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Add the oil to the popcorn kernels.
  4. Place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  5. Cook until the kernels stop popping.

While the kernels are cooking, melt the butter.

  1. Once the popping stops, remove the basket from the air fryer.
  2. Pick out the popped kernels, and return the basket with unpopped ones to the air fryer.
  3. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  4. Turn off the air fryer. Pick out any popped kernels and remove the unpopped remaining.
  5. Mix popcorn with melted butter and salt.
  6. Enjoy! 

Popcorn Topping Ideas

Air Fryer Popcorn – Toppings

Personalize and add taste to your popcorn by adding your favorite toppings to it after misting it with a little cooking oil spray to ensure that your toppings will stick to your popcorn. Here you have some toppings you can add to your air-fried popcorn.

  • Butter & Salt
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Curry powder
  • Chili powder
  • Parmesan cheese

Air frying Times

Preheating: 5 minutes.

Cook your popcorn kernels for 9 to 12 minutes or until the popping stops. Cook unpopped kernels for additional 3 minutes.

Air frying Temperature 

Preheat and cook at 400°F (200°C)

Printable Recipe Card

If you like this recipe, here you have the printable recipe card you can download and print. Enjoy your popcorn!

Feel free to share it on your social networks and pin it on your Pinterest. 🙂

Air Fryer Popcorn – Printable Recipe Card

Recipe Tips

Air Fryer Popcorn – Tips

Here you have some of the very useful and essential tips to make perfect popcorn!

  • Working in small batches to cook popcorn in an air fryer is the best way to have well-popped kernels. Otherwise, you’ll end by having some burnt or unpopped kernels with just a few that popped well. The kernels don’t pop at the same time.
  • Make ¼ cup of popcorn kernels at a time.
  • It is very normal if you end up with some unpopped kernels. Lower the amount of unpopped kernels by lowering the number of kernels you start with.
  • If it’s your first time air frying popcorn, make sure to keep a close eye on your kernels while they are cooking to prevent them from burning.
  • Always remember to preheat your air fryer before cooking.
  • Don’t forget to add the oil to your kernels before cooking.
  • And don’t forget the aluminum foil, too!
  • Spread your kernels in a single layer for the best results.
  • If you are using a toaster oven-style air fryer, make sure to line the tray with aluminum foil forming a shallow bowl by folding the edges a little upwards.
  • If your kernels don’t pop at all, try shaking the basket, then resume. Your kernels are probably old. Try again with fresh ones!
  • You can either discard or try cooking the unpopped kernels for additional 3 minutes.


Air Fryer Popcorn – FAQs

How much corn should I use at a time?

It is recommended to use ¼ cup of popcorn kernels at a time to lower the number of unpopped kernels.

Is popcorn gluten-free?

Popcorn kernels are naturally gluten-free. Yet, some people with celiac disease may also have intolerances to certain proteins in corn.

Make sure to see your doctor for more details.

Will popcorn make you fat?

This type of question is very common.

What will make you fat is not eating popcorn, but, eating TOO MUCH popcorn. 

So, you may want to enjoy popcorn occasionally.

What kind of popcorn kernels should I use?

Make sure you use fresh popcorn kernels. The fresher the kernels are, the better is the popcorn!

Important Note

As the kernels will pop, you may have some popped popcorn stuck in your air fryer at the end of the cooking process. Don’t worry, the cleaning is usually easy and doesn’t take much more time than to clean normal kitchen tools.

How to Store & Reheat Air Fryer Popcorn

If you have any leftover popcorn or want to keep it for later, you can store it in a zip-top bag for 3 to 4 days at room temperature. Your popcorn will stay fresh if you push as much air as you can from the bag when closing it. 

Advantages of air fryer popcorn

Using an air fryer [1] to cook your popcorn can have many advantages either you want to stay in shape or you just don’t want your kitchen to turn into a mess. Here are 2 key advantages of cooking air fryer popcorn.

Cooking with less Oil

As cooking popcorn on the stovetop uses too much oil, this recipe only uses 1 Tsp of cooking oil, which is a great thing since the result is always satisfying. 

Less Calorie Intake

Using an air fryer to cook your popcorn [2] will significantly reduce your calorie intake. This is a healthier way for you to enjoy such a snack.

  • You might want to note that cooking your popcorn in an air fryer can be a bit tricky at the beginning, so make sure to keep a close eye on your popcorn as it is cooking. 
  • Also, at the end of the cooking process, you may have some stuck popcorn in your air fryer. Don’t worry, cleaning is usually easy!

Final Thought

You can’t help but feel great after eating your air fryer popcorn. Served as a quick snack or with a movie, this air fryer popcorn will surely be your favorite.

As explained in this article, you can use my recommended recipe and cooking tips to cook your air fryer popcorn.

Now you have the knowledge, it’s time for you to give it a try and enjoy your cooking. Let’s activate the cooking mode! 😉

If you’re looking for more quick, easy, and delicious air fryer recipes, check our best pizza rolls in air fryer and corn dogs in air fryer.

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Douae D.
Douae D. is one of those youth passionate about cooking and baking. She probably simplifies cooking and baking concepts more than many others do. Without any doubt, she will make you say: "hum! it's so good" 😉

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