By :Thasneen Naina
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Votes: 18
Rating: 4.33
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Duration less than 15 min
Diet Vegetarian
Cooking Technique Sauté
Main Ingredient Butter, corn kernels
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
2 servings
  • 2 tbsp organic refined coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup Corn kernels
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Duration less than 15 min
Diet Vegetarian
Cooking Technique Sauté
Main Ingredient Butter, corn kernels
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
2 servings
  • 2 tbsp organic refined coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1/2 cup Corn kernels
Votes: 18
Rating: 4.33
Rate this recipe!
  1. Turn on the Instant Pot.
  2. Click the Saute button. Click Adjust- set the temperature to MORE.
  3. Let display turn to HOT.
  4. Add coconut oil and butter, let it melt, let it melt, let it melt- combine well.
  5. Add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of corn kernels ( do not add more than this).
  6. Saute for a minute till corn kernels are well coated with oil/butter.
  7. Close the pot with a glass lid that fits well.
  8. Let the popping magic begin.
  9. In 5 minutes, popping will slow down. Turn off the Instant pot- click on cancel button.
  10. Note: moisture will build under the glass ld and there will be slight dripping. Wipe the water off using a kitchen towel and wear an oven mitt while opening the lid.
  11. Open the lid and give the popcorn a good stir.
  12. Enjoy the crispy and best tasting popcorn that's made from scratch.
  13. If you want, you could season with ground pepper, salt or any other seasonings of your choice.
Recipe Notes

I didn’t use the Instant Pot glass lid, one of the glass lids of my cooking pan fit well on the Instant pot hence I used that. Make sure to use a lid that fits well.

Popcorn is made in the Saute mode in more temperature setting, moisture will build up under the glass lid and there will be slight dripping through the lid, just wipe it off using a kitchen towel and be careful while opening the lid- wear an oven mitt.

I used organic refined coconut oil that can be used for medium high heat.

Since, the temperature is kept at more or high, you have to use an oil with high smoke point (Smoke point refers to the temperature at which an oil starts to burn and smoke).

Avoid using extra virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil- these have low smoke points.

Pop 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of corn kernels at a time. Do not use more that this as there will be a lot of unpopped kernels left in the pot.

38 replies
  1. Sharon Lawless
    Sharon Lawless says:

    Only pops half the kernels. I used 2 T. Coconut oul and 1T. Butter abd 1/4 cup popcorn kernels. Every time this happens. But when i use 2 T. Canola oil, most all kernels pop.

  2. Faylise
    Faylise says:

    Very happy with results. Followed instructions closely, used 3 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 cup popping corn in 6 qt IP. Made sure pot was “hot” before adding oils.

  3. Mistym
    Mistym says:

    I had the same problem. Poped half the kernels then stopped. But it does taste good. Love how its kinda crispy. I’ll have to try it again and see if I can figure out what happened.

  4. SmittyPot
    SmittyPot says:

    Better than movie popcorn! I cannot believe how well this worked! 2 tbs coconut oil, 2 tbs butter, kernels and salt. Husband loved it too! Great addition to our movie night!

    I also dont have the instant pot glass lid so I just user a glass lid from the biggest stock pot I had. Worked like a charm!

  5. Qlaura31
    Qlaura31 says:

    I didn’t get good popping results. Wonder if I need that glass lid for it instead of using something else.

  6. Jay Are
    Jay Are says:

    Disappointing results. Fully half of the kernels didn’t pop, and the butter browned, making the popped kernels look dirty. The final product was very greasy as well. Not light and fluffy like I’d hoped.

  7. Gobles75
    Gobles75 says:

    Two thumbs down.
    Followed instructions to a tee – only cook half the kernels, started to burn.
    Worst part – used the last of the butter so couldn’t go back to the tried ‘n’ true stovetop. ☹

  8. Marmore
    Marmore says:

    Worked well. Today it popped most of the kernels. Have to make sure the pot is HOT before adding the oil and butter and then the corn and stir. Worked very well.

  9. AMcManus
    AMcManus says:

    1st time making popcorn and worked fantastic for us. My 4yr old is delighted. We use the ip duo 6 liters

  10. MelissaC
    MelissaC says:

    This worked perfectly. It was so good, light and fluffy!
    It is healthier than microwaveable popcorn.
    It will be a regular make for our family!

  11. Kimberly0016
    Kimberly0016 says:

    Didn’t work for me. I ended up using the pan since I was craving it so bad. Dissapointed!!

  12. Kellyj8815
    Kellyj8815 says:

    Having bad results..? We have the mini instant pot…how do we get the right temp with no “more” setting

  13. Emily.lofy
    Emily.lofy says:

    Only popped half of the kernels and is much slower than on the stovetop. If you dont shake or twist the inner pot, it will burn. But, it does taste good!

  14. Cgrace
    Cgrace says:

    I attempted this but in my IP duo. Halfed ingredients. Got burn notice right away, which turn off the pot. Made stove top popcorn

  15. Donna
    Donna says:

    Tried this about 6X and it’s always been a huge fail. Only 1/2 the kernels pop. Not worth it to me.
    Yes. I followed recipe to the letter.

  16. Jhatfield
    Jhatfield says:

    The recipe worked great for me. I had to use a plate for a lid but it tasted wonderful. Popped all the kernels.

  17. Heidid26
    Heidid26 says:

    This worked great. Popped two bowls in a row to make enough for my popcorn loving family. We use popcorn oil so used that and butter. After choosing the kernels, i made sure they were not lined together around the outside of the pan and spread evenly across the whole bottom. This might make a difference as it was a tip i had seen on another recipe.

  18. Mandid2682
    Mandid2682 says:

    Worked wonderfully today! I fid use bacon grease instead of coconut oil as that is always on hand here and also has a high smoke point

  19. Sylvia Clark
    Sylvia Clark says:

    First time made it great. Used olive oil as our coconut oil is unrefined. Didnt have a glass lid so I just used my sealing lid sitting gingerly on top so there was a small crack in the side of lid. Worked a charm and for me it’s more flavorful and fluffy then stovetop popcorn. This is my new go to

  20. Janette71
    Janette71 says:

    Didnt work at all but I am at high altitude and the oil needs to get hotter than what the instapot is capable of I think.

  21. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    We are sorry to hear it didnt turn out for you. It is important to follow the exact instructions.

    You have to use an oil with a high smoke point; only using butter will not work.

  22. Allison Carson
    Allison Carson says:

    I only used 1tbsp of coconut oil, no butter and a little salt. Popped great and including every kernel.

  23. Ivey Knight
    Ivey Knight says:

    It was perfect!! We used LouAna coconut oil. My 8 year old was the one to make the popcorn and it popped beautifully and was better than movie popcorn.

  24. Amber
    Amber says:

    Works for me every time – I have a 3qt IP. Sometimes popcorn won’t pop if it’s too dried out – but that’s not because of the IP it’s a problem that can happen no matter how you cook it. Corn kernels only pop if they contain enough moisture to turn into steam and burst open. If you tried this recipe and it didn’t work you might want to refresh your popcorn kernels and try again. Also if you make it with clarified butter you don’t need to mix butter and oil – clarified butter won’t burn. Popcorn is also nice made with other fats, like bacon or chicken fat.

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