The do-it-all magic of the Instant Pot is easy to harness for this simple, incredibly snackable treat that requires just three pantry-friendly ingredients.
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How to make popcorn in an Instant Pot
Popcorn is one of those ultra-craveable snacks that just about everyone loves. While you might be used to tossing a bag in the microwave when you need a light snack or something to munch on while watching a movie, it’s far cheaper, nearly as quick, and even more delicious to pop it yourself.
And the process is easier than ever, thanks to an increasingly common kitchen appliance — the Instant Pot.
Instant pots are so versatile – you can pop popcorn in them
If you own an Instant Pot, you likely already know how many incredible things it can do. These devices are perfect for making soups and stews, ideally cooked rice, fork-tender meat, and a vast selection of other sides, main courses, desserts, sauces, and more. Some of our favorites include Instant Pot mac and cheese, Instant Pot roast beef, and best-ever Instant Pot beef stew.
But you may not have considered that their versatility allows them to make perfect popcorn, too. They work just like an old-school popcorn popper but save you space by combining the functionality with the Instant Pot’s many other functions.
Why you’ll have fun trying this recipe
Popping your own popcorn can be a lot of fun, especially when it’s as easy and fast as it is in the Instant Pot. Popping popcorn in the Instant Pot also allows you to vary the quantity you’re making. That means you can make a smaller snack if you’re not that hungry or easily experiment with various flavor profiles without wasting popcorn.
Plus, few things are as much fun as saving money, and there’s no doubt this Instant Pot recipe is far cheaper than buying those microwave bags at the grocery store.
So make pressure cooker popcorn for an easy snack or your next movie night.
Ingredients you’ll need
For the basics of Instant Pot popcorn, you’ll only need these three ingredients:
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Popcorn kernels
- Seasoned/popcorn salt
Be sure to use fresh popcorn kernels because old popcorn kernels won’t pop as well.
How to make it
Making Instant Pot popcorn is nearly as easy as microwave popcorn, but far better in quality:
- Turn on the Instant Pot, and start the saute setting on High.
- Allow the Instant Pot to heat for two to three minutes.
- Add the coconut oil and allow it to melt. Then, add the popcorn kernels and seasoned salt.
- Stir to make sure each kernel is thoroughly coated.
- Replace the lid and let the corn kernels pop.
- Turn off the Instant Pot when about two-thirds of the popcorn has popped, and allow it to finish popping naturally.
- Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and enjoy! Drizzle melted butter over it if desired.
It’s worth noting that this recipe is best when prepared using the glass lid available with the Instant Pot. However, those who only have the standard Instant Pot lid can swap it out for any clear lid from other kitchen pots that fits.
5 tips for popping popcorn in your Instant Pot
- If you’re looking for popcorn flavor just like you find at movie theaters, stadiums, and similar venues, grab some seasoning from the Flavacol brand.
- While coconut oil is best for its high smoke point and subtle flavor, those who don’t have any on hand can substitute vegetable oil or canola oil in the same quantity. Do not use olive oil.
- Carefully keep an eye on your popcorn as it pops. You should make an effort not to let it run too long, as this can burn the bottom pieces, leading to an unpleasant taste and smell.
- Give the Instant Pot a shake occasionally while it’s popping. This can help redistribute unpopped kernels, which should sink to the bottom and be exposed to the heat.
- Get creative with your flavorings. If you’re looking for a change from traditional popcorn flavor, try an Italian spice blend, Old Bay, chili powder, or cajun seasoning. Sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese for a cheesy touch. You can even make it a sweet treat by drizzling the popcorn with caramel sauce or melted chocolate.
How to store popped popcorn
If you’ve got some popcorn left over after popping a big batch, the good news is that it’s as easy to store as it is to make. Once you’ve allowed the popcorn to cool to room temperature, store it in an airtight container or plastic bag. It’ll keep one to two weeks before going stale — if you can avoid snacking on it for that long!
Be sure to check out my latest Instant Pot recipes
- Apple Cider Pork Roast
- Best Ever Instant Pot Chili
- Corned Beef Instant Pot
- French Onion Rice Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Instant Pot Italian Beef Pepperoncini
- Instant Pot Tomato Soup
- Instant Pot Tri Tip Roast
- Sausage Pasta
- Yellow Curry Chicken Recipe
Use Instant Pot Popcorn for these recipes
How to Make Popcorn in an Instant Pot
- 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.