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I love popcorn! Even more, I love Instant Pot popcorn! 🙂
I can honestly say that I haven’t had popcorn in the microwave in years! My husband and I bought an air popper about five years back, and we absolutely love the popcorn it makes! When I bought my Instant Pot, I wondered if I could make popcorn in it. People have made popcorn on the stove before, so why not in the IP? All that I used was unrefined virgin coconut oil (Nutiva brand that has a smoke point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit – some coconut oils can only go to 280 degrees Fahrenheit), some butter, and popcorn kernels! You’ll also want a clear glass lid for your IP for this recipe. You’ll want to see what’s popping (and avoid flying kernels around your kitchen!). Take a look and listen!
1/8/17 update – the “more” function on the Instant Pot may reach temperatures of 347° -410°F (higher than I previously researched for the Great Popcorn 2.0 Experiment) which exceeds the smoke points of some oils (the point at which they may break down and burn). This may result in unpopped or burnt kernels. It may be worth trying the “normal” setting which only heats up to 320°-349°F, although I have not yet tested this temperature.
Voila! Instant Pot popcorn! It was absolutely delicious (and clean up was a BREEZE!). My husband and I enjoyed it while watching a movie. He was caught enjoying the popcorn by the handful!!
🙂 The recipe is below in both SUP visual format, and in traditional recipe form. It’s fast, easy, and only requires three ingredients!!! I did also try this with both less and more coconut oil and butter. The recipe I listed worked best for me, but feel free to experiment and let us know how it turns out!!! I also tried with a full cup of kernels. While my bounty was definitely more than when I used half a cup, I was left with quite a few kernels that decided the popcorn life wasn’t for them.
Go get popping!! 🙂
- Push the sauté button, then push 'adjust' to move the temperature control to 'more.'
- When the pot display reads 'HOT,' add the butter and coconut oil. Stir for about one minute or until it begins to simmer.
- Add popcorn kernels. Stir to ensure all pieces are coated in the butter-oil mixture.
- Put the lid on the pot.
- When the popping slows down, turn the pot to 'off.' Allow kernels to finish popping before removing lid.
- Enjoy with your favorite toppings!
Exercise caution in removing the lid. The handle, depending on what type you use, may be very hot.
Optional toppings: butter, salt, cinnamon and sugar, garlic salt, chili powder, chocolate drizzle, etc.
I used Country Crock spread in my batches.
This can be made using only coconut oil, or another oil of your choosing. Butter is not required.