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How to Make Instant Pot Popcorn

This is how to make Instant Pot popcorn that tastes great and is ready in just 5 minutes!! Easy to do in a Ninja Foodi too and tastes way better than microwave popcorn. It’s a fun pressure cooker snack your whole family will surely love!

instant pot popcorn

If you haven’t caught the bug yet to try Instant Pot popcorn I’m telling you that you MUST! I am working to create lots of new Instant Pot recipes and this is the latest one I tried. Watch our video so you can make it too!  (originally posted 1/17, participant in Amazon program)

  • We have made it on the stovetop, in an air popper, and Ninja Foodi popcorn but our IP wanted a try too!

I think it’s a bit quicker than the “old fashioned” version too. You can use any brand you have at home.

Ninja Foodi Popcorn

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

The way you make popcorn in your Instant Pot is similar to the stove top version and how we’ve made it in the past.

I have been tinkering with mine since I got it and worked with what settings are best for meats, soups, and now popcorn!

Saute is what works for this recipe (and many others). This is what you’re going to need:

Popcorn in Instant Pot

  1. Instant Pot
    1. I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot
  2. Instant Pot glass lid
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Popcorn kernels
  5. Butter
  6. Salt
instant pot popcorn

This is how ours looked when we lifted the lid.

  • Like I said, you’re going to use the saute function for this recipe and it’s done in about 5 minutes or so.

It tastes WAY better than microwave popcorn and is a lot healthier than adding all that fake butter into the mix.

First thing first you MUST use coconut oil or it will not work. You cannot substitute vegetable or olive oil as it won’t achieve the high heat you need for popping corn.

  • I use coconut oil for lots of other things like melting chocolate so it will not go to waste other than using for this recipe.
  • Use an Instant Pot glass lid before they start popping to protect yourself from splatters.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot once about 3/4 of the kernels have popped so those don’t burn, more will continue to pop with the remaining heat.
  • Careful when removing the lid, so so away from your face. 

Put popcorn in a bowl and pour melted butter and salt on top, discard unpopped kernels.

instant pot popcorn

I’m new to the Instant Pot so I didn’t have a lid, it is on it’s way now, so I used a glass lid from my large cooking pot that worked just fine but one that fit properly would be better so it didn’t slide around at all.

The kids loved watching it pop and it tastes really delicious!

Is microwave popcorn the same as air popped?

While microwave popcorn is typically higher in calories and sodium than the air popped variety, the main reason it’s less healthy is that it often contains trans fats.

  • This one is a bit different than a typical air popper but still uses a similar method where by it’s made with very hot steam. .

Try all 3 methods and decide for yourself which one you like best

Part of why we love this is the taste. The other benefit is it is fun for the kids to make with me in the kitchen. Using the glass lid allows them to see it popping right before their very eyes which makes them smile.

pressure cooker corn dog bites

If you love this, try out other easy Instant Pot recipes like:

Please watch the popcorn recipe video first. It will help you succeed your first time around. Make sure to use coconut oil and kernels that are fresh and not old.

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Instant Pot Popcorn

Instant Pot popcorn tastes so good and is ready in just 5 minutes!! Easy to do and tastes WAY better than microwave popcorn. Here’s the easy pressure cooker popcorn recipe.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, homemade, instant pot, popcorn, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 215kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Set Instant Pot to saute, more (or high) setting. 
  • Add coconut oil and butter and allow to melt completely and start to sizzle (important step – watch video in this post for an example). 
  • Add popcorn kernels and stir so all kernels are coated with oil. 
  • Place glass lid on top and hold, popcorn will begin popping in about 2-3 minutes, turn off when 2/3 of kernels have popped and they will continue to pop but not burn. 
  • Carefully remove lid. Pour out of pot when done so they don’t continue to cook. Salt and you’re done!


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Popcorn
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Carol C

Thursday 31st of December 2020

I can tell you from years of experience microwaving popcorn, Kroger brand popcorn does not pop. I buy my fresh popcorn at GFS.


Sunday 25th of October 2020

What can i use if I’m allergic to coconut?


Saturday 26th of December 2020

I don’t have coconut oil so I use peanut oil. Olive oil might work too.


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Unfortunately it didn't work for me either. Had it on saute, heard the sizzling, coated the kernels, only a few popped after a long time, and that was it :(


Thursday 25th of June 2020

The instructional part early in the blog says to turn off the pot after 3/4 of the kernels have popped, but the printed recipe says 2/3. Which one is more likely to be successful?


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

It was a big hit! Thank you for the recipe! Not sure what the others commenting are doing wrong.

The Typical Mom

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Not quite sure but glad yours was a hit

Mary Jane Cruz

Saturday 28th of March 2020

So disappointed. Had it on saute for like 20 minutes. Nothing happened. Had to go to stove top method.

Disappointed Daisy

Friday 16th of October 2020

I'm glad I'm not the only one LOL I think I made a mistake or something. I must have not let the oil heat up enough BEFORE putting in the kernels... I've tried like 4 times and now the kernels are really well heated but not popped


Saturday 1st of August 2020

Me too

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