Air Fryer Popcorn
Did you know that you can make Popcorn in the Air Fryer? I tried making it two different ways in my Air Fryer. The first way I made it I put foil on the bottom of the air fryer pan. Read below to see the steps I took and how it turned out.
My Air Fryer is incorporated into my Ninja Foodi.
I lined the bottom with foil to keep the popcorn
kernels from falling through the holes in the pan.
I added 2 Tbsp. of olive oil.
I added 1/4 cup of popcorn and air fried it at
400 degrees for 8 minutes because that was what
seemed to work for other people. At 8 minutes,
it barely started to pop let alone be ready to eat.
I decided to keep air frying it, however, after
25 minutes it was a total flop! There were very
few kernels that had popped and the rest were burnt.
Using the same ingredients I decided to try
again, after all I promised the grandkids popcorn.
This time I decided not to use the foil.
I added 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to the pan.
I poured 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into the pan
and half of them fell through the holes, as I expected.
I cooked them at 400 degrees for
8 minutes and they turned out great.
When I took the pan out of my unit, all of the kernels that had fallen through the holes were still laying there with the oil and were not popped. This resulted in only getting half the popcorn so the kids only had a small bowl each.
There didn’t appear to be any oil on the popped popcorn so this tells me I could have air fried the kernels without any oil.
My final conclusion of Air Fried Popcorn is this. If I did not have any other way to pop the kernels, I could use the Air Fryer.
We have used a hot air popcorn popper for years. It pops the kernels in a few minutes and makes a huge bowl of popcorn without using oil. It is definitely the easiest, healthiest and most cost effective way for us when it comes to popping popcorn. Our hot air popcorn popper will continue to be our preferred method for popping popcorn.
Do you use your Air Fryer to make popcorn? I would love to hear how you make yours and if you like the way it turns out.