How To Reheat Movie Theater Popcorn? (the ultimate guide)

Popcorn from the movies is the best. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved grabbing a comfortable seat and getting ready to watch a great movie with buttery popcorn. But what happens when you have food left over and decide to take it home?


How to reheat movie theater popcorn?

Spread it out on a baking sheet and heat it at 250°F for 5 minutes, or until heated. You must watch the popcorn in the oven to prevent burning. When it’s heated and crunchy again, dump it into a bowl and enjoy!


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Putting popcorn in an air fryer to reheat it

The air fryer should be set to 300°F (150°C). Heat the popcorn in the basket of the air fryer for two to three minutes, until it is crunchy.


If you put too much popcorn in the basket, it won’t heat up evenly. Shaking the popcorn every minute also helps it heat evenly.


How to use an air fryer to heat up popcorn:


  • Set your air fryer to 300°F (150°C) to get it ready.

  • Put the popcorn in the basket of the air fryer, but don’t pack it too full.

  • Warm up the popcorn for two to three minutes, shaking it every minute.


Spray popcorn with oil before putting it in the air fryer to make it even crispier. This will also help make sure that any spices you add later will stay put.


Putting popcorn in the microwave to reheat it

Put your popcorn in a bowl that can go in the microwave. Put a wet paper towel over the bowl. Then, heat your popcorn at full power for 10 seconds at a time. You can also melt a small amount of butter in a separate bowl at the same time and drizzle it over the top right before serving.



How to use the microwave to reheat your popcorn:


  • To heat up popcorn in the microwave, put the popcorn in a bowl that can go in the microwave.

  • Put a wet paper towel over the bowl.

  • Turn the power up to 100% and microwave for 10 seconds at a time.

  • Take the popcorn out of the microwave as soon as it’s hot and serve it right away.


In the microwave, popcorn can burn quickly. The short times between heating help stop this from happening. As soon as the popcorn comes out of the microwave, you should eat it because it will quickly get cold and stale.


Popcorn being warmed up on the stove

Slowly heat up a pan. Cover the popcorn with a lid and put it in the pan. For 4–5 minutes, heat the popcorn. Make sure you shake the pan a few times while the popcorn is heating up. Keep a close eye on the popcorn to make sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.


How to reheat popcorn on the stove:


  • Heat your pan over low heat on the stove.

  • Cover the popcorn with a lid and put it in the pan.

  • Shake the pan a few times while heating it so the popcorn warms evenly and doesn’t burn.

  • Warm up the popcorn for 4 to 5 minutes.



Putting the lid on the pan keeps the heat in and makes a kind of mini-oven. Before adding the popcorn, I like to melt some butter in the pan and then toss the popcorn around to cover it all.


How to keep popcorn fresh

If you want to store popcorn, it’s best to keep it unflavored, but don’t worry if it’s already flavored. Wait until the popcorn is at room temperature, and then put it in a container or bag that won’t let air in.


If you’re using a bag, get rid of as much air as you can. You can leave the popcorn out for up to a week or put it in the freezer for up to a month… popcorn stays fresh longer if you freeze it.


I find that using a straw to pull the air out of a freezer bag works pretty well. If you’re using a container, try to fill it as much as you can so there’s as little empty space as possible.


Before you put the popcorn away, make sure it is completely cool. If the popcorn is warm, moisture can get into the bag and make the popcorn soggy. Don’t put popcorn in the fridge because that will add moisture and make it go bad faster.


Things to think about when rewarming popcorn

It’s pretty easy to make or buy popcorn, and it’s also pretty easy to reheat it. Even though reheating popcorn is quick, easy, and simple, there are a few things to think about before you do it.


1. Figure out what to do with unpopped kernels when you reheat popcorn

Anyone who likes popcorn knows that not every kernel pops when you want it to. But that doesn’t mean they won’t pop when they want to! Remove any unpopped kernels from the rest of the popcorn so you don’t get a nasty surprise when you reheat it…


Unpopped kernels will pop faster in the microwave than already-popped popcorn will heat up. If you put unpopped kernels in the oven, they won’t pop. Instead, they will burn all the way. This could change the way the popcorn puffs around it taste.



2. Use all your senses when reheating popcorn

Since the popcorn you are working with has already been cooked and exposed to heat, it is likely to catch fire. Whether you reheat the popcorn in the oven or the microwave, make sure to keep a close eye, ear, and nose on how it is going.


You don’t have to reheat popcorn | Think of other options…

When you reheat popcorn, you’ll have to add more seasoning to get rid of the stale taste we all know and hate. But if you don’t have an oven or microwave, you can bring popcorn back to life in other ways.


Instead of warming up popcorn, you could also:


  • Putting together caramel popcorn

  • Putting together popcorn ice cream

  • Putting together popcorn pakora

  • Putting the popcorn in trail mix or granola

  • Making popcorn chicken with the popcorn



Related Questions:

How to reheat popcorn in oven

Put it in the oven to get it warm and crisp again. Spread it out evenly on a baking sheet and put it in an oven set to 250°F for about five minutes, or until it’s warm.


How to reheat popcorn kernels

The best thing to do is put some kernels in a paper bag, put it in the microwave, and cut the usual popping time by at least a minute.

How To Reheat Movie Theater Popcorn? (the ultimate guide)