Can you use an air fryer to pop popcorn? The simple answer is yes. However, there are a few things that you need to consider and the method is slightly different to what you might use.
The traditional method is on a stove, adding a little oil before you add in the kernels. The results are great but there is more to clean up and you really do have to keep an eye on it.
Personally, I like to pop my popcorn in an air fryer. The reason is simple, it retains the taste and is less risk of overcooking them or burning.
However, it’s not the fastest way of doing it but it is an option if you don’t have access to a microwave. The fastest way to do it is in the microwave…but if you don’t have one, the air fryer popcorn method is useful.
Method to make air fryer popcorn
- Quarter cup of kernels
- 2 tablespoons of oil or spray with oil
- Turn on air fryer and cook at 400F / 205c
- Approximate time, 8 – 10 minutes
- The popping of the kernels will stop when they are done.
- Put into a bowl immediately and season to taste.
Top tip: You should line the inside of the tray with aluminum foil to stop popped popcorn from escaping the basket.
Advantages of using an air fryer to pop popcorn
- Less mess
- Less chance of over cooking
Disadvantages of using an air fryer popcorn
- Takes longer
- Kernels may get stuck in heating element
- Have to make smaller portions
Can you use an air fryer to pop popcorn ? You sure can!
With everybody being more health conscious. The air fryer popcorn method is actually healthier as you can use less oil. This is all without compromising the taste.
Can you make microwave popcorn in an air fryer?
Microwave popcorn is designed to work best in a microwave. It has things added to it to give it the taste. If you open the packet and put it in you air fryer, the results may well be unsatisfactory. You are therefore better off using plain popcorn kernels to pop popcorn in an air fryer.
What is the best air fryer popcorn temperature?
The best temperature is 400F, which is 205c
What if the kernels are getting blown around in my air fryer?
This is a real possibility as the air is quite powerful. If tis is the case, you have the option of using ‘The Pouch method’.
This involves creating a loose pouch out of aluminum foil that will house your popcorn kernels. Simply add a little oil inside the pouch and place it into your air fryer at the usual temperature. They may take slightly longer to cook but at least it is cleaner.
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