How To Make Popcorn In The Instant Pot

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Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe and today is all about making delicious popcorn directly in your Instant Pot.

Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe how to make popcorn in the instant pot and today is all about making delicious popcorn directly in your Instant Pot.

It is much quicker, much easier and the Instant Pot then makes a perfect base for making sauces to go with your popcorn.

But first share this post if you love popcorn as then you can use it for your reference for making in your Instant Pot.

I first got into popcorn in the same way that most of us do. With a trip to the cinema. A night out with friends, a trip on my own or a romantic night out with my man.

No matter how I did it there would always been a delicious tub of popcorn.

When you visit the cinema you can always hear the noise of everyone’s popcorn and it becomes an noise that you associate with a night out.

I’ve seen an endless supply of movies at the cinema. I am a huge movie addict and have a collection of more than 300 DVDs at home and long before that I owned videos.

The first movie that I went to see on my own with popcorn in hand was Toy Story. I was away camping with my parents in their RV in this boring Eastern England town.

There was nothing to do for 12 year olds and I went off exploring with my pocket money.

I ended up getting the XL portion of popcorn and eating it all to myself as I watched Woody come to life on the big screen.

Not that I can remember what the second one was (as it was 22 years ago) but the love for popcorn had begun.

But recently there have been no cinema trips. No chances to watch the latest blockbuster, instead we have waited until they have made their way onto cable TV.

The reason is that we now have 2 kids under 3 and we don’t believe in babysitters, so our cinema days are on hold until they are both at school.

Then it will be back to afternoon cinema trips before picking them up from school!

Though when you think about it the cinema can be a huge outlay especially when you want to save money.

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Not only do you pay a lot to see the actual film but then there is the cost for the popcorn and the drink too.

Yet at home for a romantic evening in with your partner you can snuggle up on the sofa with a great film off the TV and a big carton of your own homemade popcorn.

So much cheaper and good fun too.

You can be in the kitchen making a romantic meal for two and then finish it off with a big portion of popcorn.

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Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe and today is all about making delicious popcorn directly in your Instant Pot.
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How To Make Popcorn In The Instant Pot

Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe how to make popcorn in the instant pot and today is all about making delicious popcorn directly in your Instant Pot.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 1 large tub
Calories: 366kcal



  • Press saute on your Instant Pot, then press adjust and press it to more (usually one time click) and then hot will come up and then you need to add your butter and coconut oil.
  • Once it has melted add your corn and stir it so that all the oil is coated around the corn.
  • Wait until it starts popping and then place a lid on top of your Instant Pot, though no need to seal it.
  • After 2 minutes of popping turn your Instant Pot off via the cancel button. Leave the lid on until you hear no more popping noises.


Any lid is fine on top of the Instant Pot as it doesn’t need to seal. Just as long as it fits and the popcorn doesn’t explode around your kitchen.


Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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20 thoughts on “How To Make Popcorn In The Instant Pot”

    • Hi Letty

      After about 1 minute – 2 minutes turn of the instant pot but when we did it the instant pot turns itself off after a short while so if it does not turn itself of make sure the corn is well coated and after 1 minute if you have had alot of popping turn it off.

      Hope it turns out good for you.

      Sam & Dom

  1. I tried this recipe and very little of the corn popped. I did have the lid all ththe way on, so I wonder if that’s why.

    • Hi kristen

      The lid being fully on should not interfere with the corn. I would suggest keeping the instant pot on longer until a few more corns have popped but be aware that the instant pot will turn itself off if it gets too hot on the saute setting.

      Hope this helps.


      Sam & Dom

    • Hi Justin,

      I just made this popcorn again for a new recipe that will be going out on the blog next month. I find that it has worked really well. Do you make sure your saute function is on hot and not just normal? Also are you kernels well coated in the oil before they start popping? The last time i did it nearly all of my popcorn popped. The Instant Pot has a safety shut off where it turns itself off if it gets too hot ours usually does this when doing this recipe does yours get to the same temperature, please let me know thanks.



    • Hi Ted,

      What size were your corn? As ours was very small and of course you need to get the Instant Pot to its max as far as heat is concerned. Just before it switches itself off for overheating.



  2. I’ve been waiting for over 10 minutes and only have about 30 popped kernels. The instructions don’t seem very clear about the heat setting. This is a complete flop!

    • Hi Judy,

      With this recipe you need to use saute and press adjust to more and then the instant pot will say hot. Let it get very hot, (it will turn itself off if it gets to hot) but it is still hot enough for all the kernels to pop. Just make sure once the kernels are popping turn the instant pot off.

      Kind Regards


      • How do you change the temperature? With my 8 qt you can change the cooking time but Ive never been able to figure out how to change the temperature

        • Hi PJ

          You can only turn the temp up or down on the saute option not on any of the other options apart from rice but with that one it is usually set to half pressure which is where you should leave it as when we tried with full pressure it did not end well for our rice pudding :/

          If you are wanting to make the Instant Pot hotter when you are sauteing you need to press adjust and you will see a red light that moves when pushed between low normal and more. When we are sauteing we always have it on more as this makes the instant pot get very hot.

          If you need anymore advice feel free to ask.

          Kind Regards


  3. I can’t remember whether it was unrefined coconut oil or refined coconut oil that I saw in one video. I made mine with unrefined coconut oil and many kernels did not pop. The difference is in the temperatures that the oil can reach if I recall. What can you tell me about this.

    • Hi Diane,

      All i can remember is our coconut oil we used was extra virgin, so i do not know if it was refined or unrefined coconut oil. Sorry i cannot be more help.

      Kind Regards


  4. 5 stars
    Hi, my popcorn failed but it was because the kernel were too old and dry. There must be enough moisture in the kernels to turn to steam and blow up the kernel.
    I found that the butter browned too much before the kernels popped.
    I will try again.

  5. 5 stars

    I have tried this recipe twice and only half of the kernels popped. What am I doing wrong? EDIT: Got it sorted now thanks for your help

    • Hi Bill,

      I can only think it could be 2 things. One the Instant Pot had not got hot enough in the heat up phase before you turned it of or the kernals were not all covered really well in the oil.

      Thanks for your comment.


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