How To Make Popcorn In The Instant Pot

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 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. 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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How To Make Popcorn In The Instant Pot
Serves: 1 large tub
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  1. 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.
  2. Once it has melted add your corn and stir it so that all the oil is coated around the corn.
  3. Wait until it starts popping and then place a lid on top of your Instant Pot, though no need to seal it.
  4. 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.

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2 comments… add one
  • avatar Letty / Letty's Kitchen Apr 4, 2017, 3:44 pm

    When do you turn off the heat? As soon as the first pop?

    • avatar Samantha and Dominic Apr 4, 2017, 4:01 pm

      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

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