Instant Pot Popcorn is surprisingly easy to make, if you know the trick. I tried times to make popcorn in my Instant Pot, but failed to yield the motherload of popcorn that I’ve yielded in the past from making it on the stove.
Why make popcorn in the Instant Pot vs. the stove? The temperature is more consistent in the Instant Pot, plus the butter gets infused better in the Instant Pot.
I looked at a lot of other recipes and they all say to used coconut oil but don’t go into detail as to what kind. Does it matter? Yes, it does!
There’s a difference between refined and unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is the one to use to make popcorn as it can handle higher temperatures.
Refined coconut oil also has a neutral flavor. Unrefined coconut oil tastes well, coconuty, if that’s a word.
The first 4 times I made Instant Pot Popcorn were failures, with only 2 cups of popcorn and lots of unpopped kernels. I used Trader Joe’s coconut oil, which was unrefined. This whole time I thought all coconut oil could handle high heat but I learned a lot from this failure.
Next, I tried ghee since it can handle higher temperatures and to my surprise, the popcorn popped better! Then I finally got my hands on refined coconut oil and got similar great results.
The only special tool you need to make popcorn in the Instant Pot is a lid. You might have a lid that fits the Instant Pot or buy one on Amazon here. (affiliate link)