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cooked air fryer popcorn in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Popcorn

This delicious snack is easy to make.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 103kcal


  • ¼ cup (56g) popcorn kernels
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil


  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400F / 200C.
  • Combine popcorn kernels and olive oil in a mixing bowl.
  • If your air fryer basket has larger holes that the popcorn kernels will fall through, make a foil pouch that fits the basket with the sides rolled up. Then add the kernels on top and spread out in a single layer.
  • If the basket holes are smaller, add the kernels straight into the basket and spread into a single layer.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, shaking a couple of times during cooking. When you shake only open the basket slightly so that the popping kernels don't escape.
  • Remove popcorn when done, discard any un-popped kernels, season, and serve.


  • Preheat Air Fryer - You want the Air Fryer hot, so that the popcorn can start popping quickly. Otherwise you will end up with burnt kernels.
  • Hold off the seasoning – If you avoid seasoning or salting the popcorn as you cook it, you get more flexibility with flavorings at the end.
  • Use the right amount of popcorn – Stick with about a quarter cup of popcorn per session as having too much will result in there being too many un-popped kernels. If you have a big air fryer with more surface area you can increase it to a third of a cup.
  • Shake - Shake a couple of times during cooking. Make sure to only slightly open the basket for shaking so the popping corn does not escape.
  • Timings - to avoid having burnt popcorn, I tend to stop popping about 6-7 minutes in. 
  • There are 3 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg