Make a fast bowl of pressure cooker popcorn in minutes using your instant pot! It’s quicker, less messy, and easier to cook than in a regular pot. Every time there is delicious and perfect popcorn which you can eat plain or flavour as you please.
Let’s make pressure cooker popcorn
Today I’ll show you how to make instant pot popcorn quickly and easy and discuss which is the best popcorn popping oil to use. Once you’ve tried this you won’t want to make it any other way again!
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Pressure Cooker Popcorn Cooking Times
- Prep Time: 1 Minute
- Cook Time: 12 Minutes
- Serves: 2-4
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Instant Pot Popcorn?
Here are the ingredients you need to make your pressure cooker popcorn:
- ½ Cup Popcorn Kernels
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- Plus any flavorings such as salt, sugar, butter or melted chocolate
What Is The Best Popcorn Oil For Instant Pot Popcorn?
You can use any type of oil you would like to make your popcorn. We recommend using an oil with a high smoking point, such as avocado, canola, or peanut oil.
Avocado Oil Popcorn
Avocado oil is full of healthy fats and has a high smoking point, making it ideal for cooking popcorn.
Canola Oil Popcorn
Canola oil is a neutral-tasting oil. Canola oil has health benefits that include being lower in saturated fat than other oils.
Coconut Oil Popcorn
Coconut oil is a popular choice for making popcorn because it has a sweet and nutty flavor. However, coconut oil has a lower smoking point, so it is not as ideal for making popcorn as avocado oil.
Peanut Oil Popcorn
Peanut oil has a great nutty flavor that makes it a popular choice for cooking popcorn. However this should be avoided if anyone in the family has a peanut allergy.
Olive Oil For Popcorn
Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils for popcorn. Oil popped popcorn is delicious and the olive oil has a subtle but delicious flavor.
What Is The Best Type Of Popcorn For Instant Pot Popcorn?
We recommend using popcorn kernels that are specifically designed for popping corn. These types of kernels will have a higher popped to unpopped ratio. You can find these at your local grocery store in the popcorn aisle or online.
How To Make Pressure Cooker Popcorn
Set your instant pot’s saute function to high and immediately add the oil inside.
If using a pressure king pro, you will need to press the browning button.
Allow the oil to heat up for about 2 minutes, or until your instant pot displays the word “hot” before adding your popcorn kernels into the inner pot.
Stir the popcorn kernels for about 1 minute before placing the glass instant pot lid on the top.
The glass lid is great as it allows you to see the corn popping.
Popping Popcorn In The Instant Pot
The popcorn kernels will begin to pop after around 2-3 minutes of heating while covered, you will start to hear the popcorn kernels popping.
The popcorn will take around 5 minutes to pop. Turn off the saute button once most of the kernels have popped.
Add your popcorn into a large bowl. You can now choose how to flavor your popcorn.
Add Salt Or Sugar To Your Popcorn
Add salt or sugar or even both depending on what flavor popcorn you wish to make. Are you a fan of savory popcorn or sweet?
You may want to be adventurous and try melting some chocolate into your popcorn if you want a sweet treat, why not try this Starwars Popcorn topping or you could go one step further and make delightful caramel chocolate popcorn balls. You could even try our smores popcorn recipe. It’s a real winner in our house!
Don’t Burn Your Popcorn!
You’ll want to be able to see your popcorn kernels to ensure they’re not burning after a couple of minutes of popping. If you don’t have a glass lid, you’ll want to check it every once in a while, under the lid.
Tips For Cooking Instant Pot Popcorn
- Be sure to use fresh kernels of corn for the best popcorn result.
- To get a more even pop, stir the popcorn or shake your instant pot every minute. This will help the unpopped kernels get better heat and pop evenly.
- If you want buttery popcorn, you can add 2 tablespoons of butter with the oil. Once it’s melted, you can add your popcorn kernels.
Be sure to check out our Smores Popcorn recipe! It’s so tasty and super delicious!
More Instant Pot Dessert Recipes
For more Instant Pot desserts, try the following:
- Instant Pot Rice Pudding
- Instant Pot Peach Crisp
- Instant Pot Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Instant Pot Angel Toffee Cake
- Instant Pot Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Instant Pot Creme Brulee
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!