Instant Pot popcorn is probably the easiest way to make popcorn at home. You get the fresh popped flavor of natural popcorn and can stop using the microwave popcorn bags that end up with a less than desirable flavor.
We got an Instant Pot a while ago and love it. I use it for soups, dinners, and anything that I need in a hurry. If you’re not familiar with the Instant Pot it’s a multi-use pot. It’s a pressure cooker for when you want things cooked quickly, and it can be a slow cooker too!
And, you can saute in it so that you don’t have to dirty multiple dishes!
But I also love that you can cook food that you already think might be easier and the Instant Pot makes it even easier! One of my favorite uses of the Instant Pot is making hard boiled eggs. Yes, boiling eggs in a pan on the stove is easy, but it’s even easier in the Instant Pot. And, the shells fall off the eggs!
It’s what I love about this popcorn recipe – it’s another easy recipe that improves the quality of the food and keeps life simple. That’s why we love popping popcorn in the Instant Pot!
How to Make Popcorn in the Instant Pot
Here are the Instant Pot popcorn instructions:
You’re going to want to use an Instant pot glass lid for your Instant pot for this recipe. It makes it a little easier. If you don’t have a glass lid, you can still use the regular Instant Pot sealing lid, but you’ll have to guesstimate when more than half of the kernels are popped.
You’ll also need popcorn kernels, and salt or other seasonings.
Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting and adjust the temperature to high.
Add the coconut oil to the Instant Pot and let it melt.
You can use a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon to stir the coconut oil so it melts evenly on the bottom of the pan.
Once the coconut oil is melted and you can tell it’s hot, add the popcorn kernels.
Stir to coat the kernels with oil.
Next, add any popcorn seasonings you have.
Give another stir.
Add your glass lid. The popcorn will start popping in the Instant Pot in 2-3 minutes.
After about 3/4 of the popcorn is popped, turn the Instant Pot off by hitting “cancel.”
The popcorn will continue to pop, but this will let it pop and not burn.
Once all the popcorn is popped — there will be several seconds between pops (kind of the same principle behind microwave popcorn.) — you can take the lid off.
Now all you have to do is set up a movie and you’ve got movie style popcorn as a treat with your movie.
I love this picture – can’t you just smell the fresh, hot popcorn. Feels like you’re at the movie theater!
Oops, even spilled a little.
Instant Pot popcorn is the easiest and freshest way to make popcorn at home.
If you haven’t gotten an Instant Pot yet, let me tell you, it’s worth every penny! I’ve had mine for awhile now and you can make so many things in it. It’s a pressure cooker, it’s a slow cooker, you can saute, you can make dinner, dessert, and yes, even popcorn!
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Instant Pot Popcorn
Make fresh popcorn in your Instant Pot.
- ½ cup popcorn kernels
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ tsp salt
Directions Set Instant Pot to Saute setting and adjust temperature to high.
Add coconut oil to pot. Let melt completely.
Once your coconut oil is sizzling hot add your popcorn kernels and stir well, coating each kernel with oil.
Add any seasonings and stir well.
Place glass lid on the instant pot. Popcorn will begin popping in 2-3 minutes. Turn instant pot off (by selecting cancel) after ¾ of the popcorn kernels have popped. Popcorn will continue to pop, but not burn. Once the pops stop or there's several seconds between pops, carefully remove your lid and enjoy!
See all of my Instant Pot recipes, and some favorites below.