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This Instant Pot Popcorn recipe is easy to make and tastes very similar to movie theater popcorn! Three ingredients and about 20 minutes are all you need to make it!
Our budget-friendly popcorn costs about $2.87 to make. It makes eight servings for around $0.35 per serving.
Recipes in the Instant Pot are our favorite because of how easy and convenient they are. A few of our favorites include our Mac and Cheese, Meatloaf and Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, and Healthy Refried Beans.
Stop buying those microwaveable popcorn bags! You can make fresh popcorn from scratch at home that tastes so much better. Besides, it will cost you more to drive to the store and buy the popcorn than it will to make it fresh at home!
Making popcorn in the Instant Pot is beyond easy! And the good news is that it comes out crispy and not soft like it does when you make it in the microwave. Soft popcorn is the worst!
This recipe is also great because you can flavor it how you like it. We like to get different flavored toppings for our kids to choose how they want to flavor it for a movie night, an after-school snack, or just a mid-day snack. The best part is it only takes twenty minutes to have a big batch of freshly popped popcorn everyone can enjoy.
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
- 4 Tablespoons refined coconut oil – $2.19
- 1 cup popcorn kernels – $0.67
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in January 2023.
***For complete recipe instructions and a recipe video, see the recipe card below.
First, set the Instant Pot to the “saute” setting and then press the “Adjust” button until it reads “More.”
Once the display reads “Hot,” add two tablespoons of coconut oil and let it melt. Put a clear glass lid on the pot, and let the pot preheat for 1-2 minutes.
Next, add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. Stir the kernels to coat them with oil.
Cover the Instant Pot with a clear glass lid and cook for 5-6 minutes or until 2/3 of the kernels are popped. Leave the lid on and let it sit until almost all kernels are popped for about 1-2 minutes.
When it is done popping, transfer the popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt over the popcorn.
Finally, repeat the steps above with the remaining coconut oil, popcorn kernels, and salt.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Feel free to add melted butter and/or popcorn flavorings.
- If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use vegetable oil, but it won’t taste as good.
Serve and Store: It’s best to eat this popcorn right after it’s popped. If you need to store it, you can keep it in an airtight container for 24 hours.Freeze: This recipe does not freeze well; therefore, we do not recommend freezing it.
We prefer to use refined coconut oil to make popcorn as it has a higher smoke point. However, you can substitute vegetable oil in a pinch.
To keep the popcorn fresh and crispy, store it in an airtight container.
We have found that most of the time, when the kernels do not pop in the Instant Pot, it is because they are not fresh. So be sure to use fresh kernels.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Let your little one measure the popcorn kernels and pour them into the Instant Pot. They will love hearing the kernels pop!
Ages 4-5: Your child can help you put the coconut oil in the Instant Pot and melt it to prepare the kernels. He/she can also help salt the popcorn after it has been transferred to a bowl.
Ages 6-8: Let your child try this one on his/her own. Teach them how to set the Instant Pot to “saute,” and watch them make this easy snack.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Making popcorn at home is less expensive than buying it at the store or at the movie theater! This is one easy way to cut some corners on your grocery budget.
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Instant Pot Popcorn
- Instant Pot
- Measuring spoons
- Wooden mixing spoon
- measuring cup
- large bowl
- 4 Tablespoons refined coconut oil divided
- 1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels divided
- 1 teaspoon salt divided
- First, set the Instant Pot to the "saute" setting and then press the "Adjust" button until it reads "More".
- Once the display reads "Hot," add two tablespoons of coconut oil and let it melt. Put a clear glass lid on the pot, and let the pot preheat for 1-2 minutes.
- Add in ½ cup popcorn kernels and stir them to coat with oil.
- Cover the Instant Pot with a clear glass lid and cook for 5-6 minutes or until ⅔ of the kernels are popped. Leave the lid on and let it sit until almost all of the kernels are popped about 1-2 minutes.
- When it is done popping, transfer the popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt over the popcorn.
- Repeat the above steps with the remaining coconut oil, popcorn kernels, and salt.
ADD TOPPINGS AND SERVE:
- Add your favorite toppings like butter and seasonings. Serve.