How to Make Popcorn in an Instant Pot

It’s time to get that Instant Pot out of the box to make some popcorn in it! You should try Instant Pot Popcorn.

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Have you tried making Instant Pot popcorn? It is so easy to do. The Instant Pot is such a versatile cooking gadget. You can make just about anything you want in one. I have made instant macaroni and cheese, Instant Pot roast beef, best ever beef stew, and much more.

For this recipe, you really only need a few simple ingredients. I use coconut oil, but you can use vegetable oil. You will also need popcorn, and I use popcorn seasoned salt. It costs so much less when you make it like this instead of those expensive microwavable packages.

There is one thing I like to do. I like to add my seasoned salt in the popcorn while it pops. This way the salt coats all of the popcorn. In movie theaters, they add the salt to the popcorn. I like to use the Flavacol brand, it is what is used in most commercial popcorn machines.

If you don’t have the glass lid for the Instant Pot, dig around in your cabinet, I bet you have another lid that you can use. You will need to use a lid to keep the popcorn from going all over the place.

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I hope you try making popcorn in your Instant Pot. You’ll enjoy how easy it is to make a light and healthy snack.

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How to Make Popcorn in an Instant Pot

You can use your Instant Pot to make popcorn. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Recipes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 65kcal


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon popcorn seasoned salt


  • Turn on the Instant Pot, push the saute button, and then the adjust button, this should set your Instant Pot to a higher saute setting. Wait for 2 to 3 minutes until the pot heats up. Add the coconut oil, and when it melts add the popcorn. Add seasoned salt, and stir around to make sure the popcorn is coated with oil and salt. Put a lid on the pot, and once it 2/3rd's of the popcorn turn off the Instant Pot.



Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 290mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g

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  1. Lynnette Siegl

    HI Stephanie
    I’m really frustrated with my NEW IP 6qt DEO IP!!!! I was able to pop my popcorn with NO problem at all!!!!! Now my new IP won’t even pop my popcorn!!!!!!!
    it won’t pop at all!!! I get a burn notice and it’s not burnt al ALL!!!!!
    2 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 cup popcorn……….. I’v many times to pop my popcorn but it won[t POP!!!!

    • Stephanie Manley

      I think there is a lot of variance in the models of the Instant Pot and what they can do. I have one of the earlier versions, and have bought newer ones, and went back to my older model.

  2. Sandy Smith

    5 stars
    I didn’t let the pot heat up for 1-2 minutes but added the coconut oil at the start. I think I might have gotten better results had I done so; I had to add 2 more tablespoons of coconut oil and seasoned popcorn salt after about half the kernels had popped. I also didn’t get the rapid popping I was used to with my old stovetop popper or with a bag of microwave popcorn. But the flavor was amazing! I will definitely make this again. I may also add some powdered cheese or other seasonings to experiment.

  3. Amy

    I have an 8 qt Instant pot. I heated the pot on saute, but only one kernel popped. I was very sad. I’ll have to investigate how to make this work. If I can fry sausage and burger, I should be able to pop corn. Alas!

  4. Rmj

    5 stars
    I had to Google this while I was mid-cooking my popcorn because I didn’t want to explode anything. I had two scoops about 1/4 c, and 3 heaping tablespoons of Dutchman’s coconut oil popcorn butter and it came out perfect. I just used the sauté function and vented the lid, and shook it a little to make sure it didn’t burn. It filled my 8 quart instant pot and cooked it just like our cuisinart popcorn maker which I’m trying to get rid of once I confirm I can do this on my own. It was a success! (A dash of pink Himalayan fine salt at the end)

  5. Azri

    Just a little information here.
    if you want to have the flavor of movie theater popcorn?
    you got to keep an eye on it! Fair warning.
    as you put a smidge more or less of, two tablespoons of coconut oil.
    basically coat the bottom with a liquid coconut oil then you put one or two tablespoons of butter in there and let it cook down and mix in with it.
    you throw your corn kernels in there you pop that stuff up.

    you will never go back.

    But like I said, keep an eye on it with the butter in it.
    you got to keep an eye on it.

    for me I used to do this in a big pot with the burner on high on the stove with a glass lid and my kids ate the crap out of it!!
    they loved it because it tastes like movie theater popcorn.
    mind you you need to salt it a little bit after it’s done.
    you will never go back and you will sneer a people who use a microwave to make popcorn.


  6. Lois Kramer

    Mine didn’t work. Two kernels popped and that was it.

    Also, how do you know when 2/3 has popped? So many minutes or….

    • Shiela Proudfoot

      Why would you write a comment like that Russell Coleman? The post was for how to make popcorn in an instant pot not how to make popcorn in the microwave.

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