Move over microwave popcorn! If you're munching on microwave popcorn varieties and own an Instant Pot, then this naturally delicious recipe is especially for you! Typically, microwaved popcorn bags come lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Perfluorooctanoic acid can also be found lurking in Teflon pots and pans, another trending health concern. PFOA is currently listed as a "possibly carcinogenic to humans" with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) based on studies linking PFOA to testicular and kidney cancer in humans. If you're interested in an equally simple and delicious alternative, look no further than our Instant Pot popcorn recipe.

Instant Pot popcorn takes less than 10 minutes to prepare! Instant pot popcorn is coated in refined coconut oil, giving the popcorn its crispy, moviegoers popcorn texture and taste. But, this popcorn doesn't have a coconut flavor; in fact, many movie theaters use a coconut blend for popping this iconic blockbuster treat.



  • 3 tablespoons organic refined coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, salted
  • 1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to the Saute setting. Press the ADJUST button, then set the temperature to MORE. Wait for the display screen to turn to HOT.

  2. Add the coconut oil and butter to the Instant Pot, and allow them to melt. Quickly stir to combine.

  3. Once the coconut oil and butter, are melted and thoroughly combined, quickly add the popcorn kernels. Using a wooden spoon saute the kernels, about 30 seconds while coating them in the butter mixture.

  4. Cover the Instant Pot with a clear Instant Pot lid. If you don't have one, you may use another clear lid that fits the top of your instant pot used for cookware.

  5. Once the lid is on the Instant Pot, the popcorn will take approximately two minutes to start popping. Do not remove the cover. Once the popcorn starts popping, it will take about five minutes to start slowing down. Once the popping begins to slow, press the CANCEL button to turn off the Instant Pot.

  6. Using an oven mitt, carefully remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Stir the popcorn, and transfer to a serving bowl. Enjoy!


  • instant pot with clear lid
  • wooden spoon
  • oven mitt
  • serving bowl

Recipe Notes

There will be built up condensation under the lid when the popcorn is popping. Do not remove the cover until popping is complete. Use a mitt, and be careful of the moisture coming in contact with your face when lifting the lid.

Avoid using oils with low smoke points such as olive oil when preparing Instant Pot popcorn.

Makes 8 cups of popped popcorn.

Instant Pot Popcorn Variations

zebra popcorn

Instant Pot Popcorn is incredibly easy to customize to your tastes! Grab a simple seasoning such as Kernel Seasonings bacon cheddar, ranch, or kettle corn. If you're feeling like something more gourmet here are a few ideas to get you started;

Zebra Popcorn

Zebra popcorn is a wildly delicious twist on popcorn that will make you swoon! Zebra popcorn is coated in caramel, drizzled in both a luscious white and milk chocolate for an added dose of sweetness!

Oven Roasted Pizza Popcorn

Use your freshly popped Instant Pot popcorn to make a batch of oven roasted pizza popcorn. This tasty snack is coated in Italian-style flavors such as Oregano, basil, and parsley. Hot sauce and Parmesan cheese are added to the mix for that unforgettable pizza taste.

Instant Pot Caramel Popcorn

A popcorn classic! Instant Pot caramel popcorn is the perfect snack for those that love both sweet and salty treats. Prepare this timeless crunchy bite in no time using your Instant Pot, with only five ingredients!

Enjoy family movie night with a bowl of our easy Instant Pot popcorn! Say goodbye to microwave bagged popcorn forever!

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