Can you make Popcorn in an Air Fryer?

Yes, however, it’s important to proceed with caution!

Can you make popcorn in an Air Fryer?

Nothing beats popping your own popcorn, especially from scratch. The store-bought microwave popcorn that comes in individual bags is easy and convenient, but with just a little more effort you can be the one in control of how much butter or seasonings you want on your popcorn.

Not to mention, there isn’t any of the bad stuff added, like certain preservatives.

Sure, you can make popcorn on the stove or in a machine specifically made to pop the popcorn, but did you know you can make it in the air fryer as well?

However, it’s important to proceed with caution. Popcorn kernels are small and can potentially become lodged in parts of the air fryer where they shouldn’t be due to the air blowing around. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on them!

With that being said, it can still be done. It just may take a bit of practice! Here is an air fryer popcorn recipe to try out for your next movie night.

Can you make Popcorn in an Air Fryer?

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Popcorn in Air Fryer


  • • ¼ cup popcorn kernels

  • • ¼ tablespoon oil (any kind of oil will work)

  • • 2 tablespoons butter

  • • Salt to taste


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line the air fryer basket with aluminum foil and allow a bit of excess to run up the sides of the basket to resemble a bowl.
  • Toss the popcorn kernels with the oil to coat them and arrange them in a single layer on top of the foil.
  • Place the basket inside the air fryer. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave-safe bowl while the popcorn is popping (skip this step if you’d like to omit the butter).
  • Remove the basket and place any popped popcorn into the large bowl. Return the un-popped kernels to the air fryer.
  • Cook for 3 more minutes and add the rest of the popped popcorn to the bowl.
  • Toss the popcorn in melted butter and salt or your choice of seasoning. Enjoy!


  • Tips and Tricks:
    • No matter which method you use to pop your popcorn, it’s rare to get ALL of the kernels to pop. Don’t expect this to be the case with an air fryer either. It’s best to work in batches. Remove the popped popcorn every few minutes to allow the rest of the kernels to pop. If the popped popcorn remains in the air fryer for too long, it will burn. Who would want that?

    • Air fryer cook times can vary due to some having a higher or lower wattage, so it’s important to watch, listen, and smell for any changes that might tell you it’s time to remove the popcorn.
  • Tools:
    • Air fryer
    • Aluminum foil
    • Microwave-safe bowl (to use for melting butter)
    • Large bowl

Popcorn is a healthy snack that is easy to make at home. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings that you may have in your spice cabinet, too! How do you prefer your popcorn?

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