Healthy Air Fryer Popcorn Recipe [Oil Free]
Don’t we all enjoy popcorn, whether it’s microwaved or purchased at a movie theater?
However, they are frequently laden with an excessive amount of butter/oil and salt.
Making popcorn in an air fryer is a quick and easy process in which I have complete control.
In less than 15 minutes, you can have a salty, crunchy, and delicious snack thanks to butterfly air fryer popcorn!
Popping your own kernels allows you to control the amount of butter and seasoning you use, resulting in an easy healthy snack that’s completely different each time you make it.
WHY MAKE THIS RECIPE?
- It’s inexpensive, simple, and delicious.
- It’s simple to change the flavor to your liking.
- A delicious snack that the entire family enjoys.
- Make ahead of time, season to taste, and serve to your guests.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED?
With the exception of your air fryer and some aluminum foil, you’ll only need three ingredients!
Two of which are optional because I’m confident you’ll enjoy the slightly roasted flavor of this air fryer popcorn!
- Use your favorite kind of popcorn kernels! I prefer organic and non-GMO brands. And I can’t decide whether I prefer white or yellow corn!
- Cooking Oil (Optional) – Any cooking oil will suffice, and the oil can be omitted. However, I prefer to use coconut oil because I believe it produces fluffier, more flavorful popcorn.
- Salt (optional) – Add to taste. Try other flavorings, such as nutritional yeast, garlic salt, or my personal favorite, sweet maple sugar salt, which makes it taste like kettle corn! Kernel Season’s brand popcorn flavors are also a favorite of ours; they’re delicious!
USING ALUMINUM FOIL IN YOUR AIR FRYER
You may need to make a quick adjustment to your air fryer when making air fryer popcorn.
Most air fryers have a basket with holes that allow the seeds to fall through and land beneath the basket. This would result in a disappointing mess instead of a tasty snack.
To avoid this, line the bottom of your air fryer basket with a sheet of aluminum foil.
This forms a barrier that protects your popcorn seeds and allows them to pop inside the basket where they belong.
DO YOU NEED TO USE OIL WHEN MAKING POPCORN IN YOUR AIR FRYER?
Despite the name, air fryer, oil is an essential component of cooking with this handy kitchen appliance.
You’ll need some kind of oil to help your popcorn pop and have that perfect crunch without burning.
CAN YOU RE-POP UNPOPPED KERNELS?
Yes! If there are still a lot of kernels on the bottom of the basket, lightly coat the kernels with oil a second time and pop them again.
However, I usually discard the unpopped kernels and replace them with fresh kernels.
AIR FRYER POPCORN TEMPERATURE
The ideal air fryer popcorn temperature is 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit. Any lower and the popcorn will not pop, and you want as much popcorn as possible popped.
AIR FRYER POPCORN TIME
You must make an educated guess when it comes to air fryer popcorn cooking time.
This is due to the fact that some air fryers are more powerful than others, and this is not a hard and fast rule.
We used a Philips Air Fryer XL and cooked for 7 minutes. However, the guideline should be, “When your popcorn stops popping, it’s time to finish cooking.”
We recommend setting the cook time to 9 minutes and watching your popcorn in the air fryer; if it stops after 7 minutes, for example, you should stop the cooking time.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Preheat the Air Fryer – You want the Air Fryer to be hot so that the popcorn can pop quickly. Otherwise, you will have burnt kernels.
- Hold off on the seasoning – By not seasoning or salting the popcorn as it cooks, you gain more flavoring options at the end.
- Use the proper amount of popcorn – A quarter cup of kernels per session is ideal, as having too many will result in too many unpopped kernels. If you have a large air fryer with a larger surface area, you can up the amount to a third of a cup.
- Shake – Shake a few times while cooking. To prevent the popping corn from escaping, only slightly open the basket for shaking.
- Timing – To avoid burnt popcorn, I usually stop popping after about 6-7 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I cook popcorn in Airfryer?
Lightly coat the popcorn kernels with your preferred cooking oil. Place the popcorn in the air fryer basket that has been lined. Make sure the kernels aren’t stacked on top of one another – a flat palette of single kernels is best. Place the basket in the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes at 400oF (205oC).
Can I cook popcorn without oil?
You certainly can! There are several ways to cook popcorn without using oil at home, including using water, an air popper, or an instant pot. Continue reading to learn how to make popcorn at home using these methods, as well as other tips and tricks for popping your favorite snack.
Why are air fryers bad for you?
Air frying still has the risk of producing acrylamides, but all high-heat cooking with meat can produce polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines. According to the National Cancer Institute, these compounds are linked to an increased risk of cancer.
How do you make crispy popcorn pop?
Tossing leftover popcorn in the oven to warm it up and re-crisp it is the simplest way to refresh it. Simply spread it out on a baking sheet in an even layer and place it in a 250°F oven for about five minutes, or until warmed through.
Healthy Air Fryer Popcorn Recipe
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
Air Fryer Popcorn produces light and fluffy popcorn with a delicious slightly toasted flavor that everyone will like! It’ll quickly become your new favorite popcorn, and it’s incredibly simple to create, making it a total winner!
- ¼ cup popcorn kernels
- ½ teaspoon cooking oil (optional)
- salt (optional, to taste)
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius) (205 degrees C).
- A sheet of aluminum foil should be placed in the bottom of the inner basket of your air fryer.
- Transfer the popcorn kernels to the prepared air fryer basket after lightly coating them with cooking oil (optional). *The kernels should be arranged in a single layer with plenty of space between them.
- Serve immediately with salt and any other toppings (melted butter, butter replacement spray, popcorn flavorings).
- Category: Snack
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: America
- Serving Size: 2 servings
- Calories: 86kcal
- Sugar: 1g
- Sodium: 1mg
- Fat: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 15g
- Fiber: 3g
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