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Instant Pot Popcorn

You need only 2 ingredients and a few mins to whip up this homemade Popcorn.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, instant pot, Vegan, Western
Keyword easy popcorn recipe, homemade popcorn, Instant Pot Popcorn
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 100kcal


  • 2.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (115g) popcorn kernels
  • Seasonings to your taste - eg salt sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, marshmallows, nuts, chocolate etc.


  • Switch on your Instant Pot, choose sauté setting and select more or high depending on your Instant Pot model .
  • Leave it on till the display says high and then add the coconut oil and let it melt completely and begin to sizzle.
  • Add 3 popcorn kernels and stir the kernels are coated with oil and cover the pot.
  • When the kernels start to pop then you add the rest of the kernels and use a spatula to mix till they are all coated.
  • Cover with a glass lid, leaving slightly ajar and the popcorn will start popping in about 3 mins.
  • During popping, lift out the Instant Pot insert and gently swirl so that the unpopped kernels drop to the bottom. Do this a couple of times so that more kernels pop this way.
  • In about 4-5 min the popping will slow down so turn of the Instant pot then, wait for 30 seconds for any final pops and then decant the popcorn into a large bowl.
  • Add any seasonings you desire, mix and serve.



 Pressure Cooker Popcorn Is Best Served With

Well, you can serve various treats with your Instantpot Popcorn depending on what the occasion is. Here are a few ideas to start you off below, but remember the sky is the limit.

Recipe Tips

A few tips that help to make popcorn in your Instant Pot super easy.
  • Leave the lid ajar - Try to leave the lid open a tiny bit as this helps to reduce the steam so you get nice crispy popped kernels. Keep ajar with a wooden spoon.
  • Shake to pop the kernels – If you lightly shake the Instant Pot during the popping, the kernels will sink to the bottom and more of them will pop. Do this every 45 secs.
  • Hold off the salt - If you avoid salting the popcorn as you cook it in the Instant Pot, it gives you more flexibility with flavourings at the end.
  • The right amount of popcorn – stick with about half a cup of popcorn per session as having too much will result in there being too many unpopped kernels
  • The right oil – you will need to use oil with a higher smoke point as you will be cooking at a high temperature. So as unrefined coconut oil is what you need.

Weight Watchers Points 

  • For the plain pressure cooker variety listed in the recipe card, there are 4 Blue Plan Smartpoints per serving.



Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Iron: 0.4mg