How to Make Popcorn in the Instant Pot

Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Michele Tripple

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This Instant Pot Popcorn recipe is super simple to make and tastes delicious. Once you make popcorn in the Instant Pot you will never buy store-bought popcorn again. The best thing is it’s ready in about 10 minutes. 

Popcorn in the Instant Pot

Popcorn is a staple in our home that is why we are so excited to share with you this Instant Pot Popcorn recipe. It is easy to make and tastes way better than microwavable popcorn. This popcorn works great for creating popcorn balls, firecracker popcorn, as well as our yummy chocolate toffee popcorn.   

I promise you are going to love it too! So grab your hot cocoa mix and one of the best movies for a rainy day or Christmas movie and enjoy some time with your family!  

Why Popcorn in the Instant Pot?

Did you know popcorn in the Instant Pot is softer than microwaveable popcorn but yet crispier? It’s true! It’s lighter fluffier and just plain more delicious. 

Instant Pot Popcorn 

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5-6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
  • ½ cup Unpopped popcorn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

The Following Tools Will Be Helpful When Making These!

I highly recommend grabbing the Instant Pot Glass Lid it makes it so much easier to make popcorn. You don’t have to if you are making your Instant Pot Popcorn on a whim, you can use any glass lid that fits. 

How to make Instant Pot Popcorn

  1. Set instant pot to Saute.
  2. Add in coconut oil and allow it to melt.
  3. Add in popcorn kernels and give it a stir to coat with to oil.
  4. Cover Instant Pot with a clear glass lid and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until popcorn stops popping.
  5. Carefully transfer popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle salt over it.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite toppings or seasonings.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

close up of Instant Pot Popcorn
  • Pop ½ cup to ¾ cup of kernels at a time. Popping more than this at a time can lead to a lot of unpopped kernels. 
  • Be sure you add the oil after your IP reads “hot” Toss and coat those kernels really well once it gets to that stage. 
  • If condensation becomes an issue, try using the IP official Glass lid. 
  • I used coconut oil, but you can use a high-quality olive oil as well or even ghee. 
  • If you want to show off your muscles, you can shake your Instant Pot while it is popping. Shake it side to side. This helps all the kernels pop. Be sure you use hot pads if you try this. 
  • Get creative! After you pop your popcorn add butter, seasonings, or candy to your popcorn if you choose. 
  • Be sure you use fresh kernels. Using old or expired kernels can cause your popcorn to not pop. Store leftover kernels in an airtight container. 

Storage

You will want to store your popcorn in an airtight container or bag on the counter. It will stay fresh for up to 1 week.

Yield: 1/2 cup un popped

Instant Pot Popcorn

Popcorn cooked in Instant pot in teal bowl and in bags

This Instant Pot Popcorn recipe is super simple to make and tastes delicious. Once you make this recipe you will never buy store-bought popcorn again. The best thing is it’s ready in about 10 minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil
  • ½ cup Unpopped popcorn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. Set instant pot to Saute.
  2. Add in coconut oil and allow it to melt.
  3. Add in popcorn kernels and give it a stir to coat with to oil.
  4. Cover Instant Pot with a clear glass lid and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until popcorn stops popping.
  5. Carefully transfer popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle salt over it.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite toppings or seasonings.

Notes

Pop ½ cup to ¾ cup of kernels at a time. Popping more than this at a time can lead to a lot of unpopped kernels.
Be sure you add the oil after your IP reads “hot” Toss and coat those kernels really well once it gets to that stage.
If condensation becomes an issue, try using the IP official Glass lid.
I used coconut oil, but you can use a high-quality olive oil as well or even ghee.
If you want to show off your muscles, you can shake your Instant Pot while it is popping. Shake it side to side. This helps all the kernels pop. Be sure you use hot pads if you try this.
Get creative! After you pop your popcorn add butter, seasonings, or candy to your popcorn if you choose.
Be sure you use fresh kernels. Using old or expired kernels can cause your popcorn to not pop. Store leftover kernels in an airtight container.

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