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Air fryer popcorn

This easy and delicious popcorn is super healthy as you can make it with no oil and also vary the seasonings you use.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Air fryer popcorn, homemade popcorn with zero oil
recipe air fryer popcorn, homemade popcorn with zero oil
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 77kcal


  • ¼ cup unpopped corn
  • Olive oil for spraying or brushing


  • Preheat air fryer at 180 C or 360 F for 4 minutes.
  • Take ¼ cup unpopped corn and spread it out in the air fryer basket. Cover with a wire mesh basket or wire mesh cover to prevent the corn from flying. Put it back into the air fryer and air fryer for about 6-8 minutes.
  • I take out the plug after about 6-7 minutes when I hear that the popping sound inside the air fryer has stopped.
  • Take out the plug or turn off switch and then remove the basket. Most of the corn pops and turns into popcorn. If you have some unpopped corn then remove them and keep aside.
  • I try to repop them by putting them at 180 C for another 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, take out the popcorn in the bowl. Spray lightly with oil spray and add seasoning of choice. I love salt and pepper, peri peri seasoning, salt, cayenne and lime, garlic salt and cayenne. Have it right away.


1. Keep the air fryer on till you hear the popping sound. Then turn off the fryer before you pull the basket out. This ensures that the popped corn is not flying around when you open the basket.
2. To avoid popcorn from flying up to the coil cover the kernels with a wire mesh basket before popping.
3. If you use a foil to make a packet for your corn, then your popcorn will take much longer, about 15-18 minutes. I don’t need foil because my air fryer basket mesh does not allow the corn kernels to fall through and allows easy circulation of heat for faster popping.
4. If you are left with unpopped kernels you can air fry them again later. But even then I find that only half of the unpopped ones popped. The rest I threw away.This is pretty much on the lines of what happens when I make popcorn in my pressure cooker.
5. You do not need oil for the corn to pop. I just brush a little oil for the seasoning to stick after popping corn and also for brushing the air fryer basket. Otherwise, this recipe is oil free.
6. The popcorn is fresh and healthy. I can make 2 decent serves of popcorn at one go.
7. You can use any seasoning of choice. I love salt and pepper, peri peri seasoning, salt, cayenne and lime, garlic salt and cayenne.
8. Do also watch the video for more clarity.
9. Don’t use too many unpopped corn in the fryer Give them enough room to pop.
10. The timing may vary depending upon your air fryer and the quality of your unpopped corn.


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg