Instant Pot Popcorn


Make popcorn in your Instant Pot with this easy recipe. I love popcorn cooked in oil but do not love the mess it makes on my stove, so I decided to give it a try in the Instant Pot. Not only does the coconut oil give it that movie theater flavor, but there was also zero grease splatter!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn

  • salt to taste


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Sauté function. When the display indicates the pot is hot, add coconut oil and let it melt.

  2. Add popcorn and stir with a rubber spatula until kernels are coated. Wait 30 seconds and stir again; kernels should be making a sizzling sound at this point. Cover pot with the glass lid and cook for 5 minutes. Cancel Sauté mode and let sit until kernels have completely stopped popping, about 1 minute.

  3. Transfer popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt.


Plan on more unpopped kernels than you would cooking it on the stove due to not being able to shake the Instant Pot around on the heat source like you would a pot on the stove burner. While there is more waste, popcorn is cheap and having no oil splatter is worth it to me.

I listed salt as a generic seasoning but feel free to experiment with flavors such as powdered cheese, ranch powder, Frank's Red Hot seasoning, etc.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
8g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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