Friday, November 2, 2018

Instant Pot Popcorn

Who doesn’t love snacking on popcorn? A surprisingly healthy and addicting snack, popcorn is much better for you then chips, doritos or any other kind of convenience snack available. The best part of all this? Making instant pot popcorn is probably the easiest ‘from scratch snack’ you’ll ever make at home, and you can make as much, (or as little) as you want.

Most folks may not know it, but homemade popcorn is a surprisingly cheap snack to make. It’s even cheaper then buying those microwave popcorn bags, (which are horrible for your health by the way) and you can flavor the popcorn however you like! In the recipe below, I’ll walk you through making your own popcorn in an Instant Pot, and six popular seasonings to keep things interesting! If you don’t have an Instant Pot i’ll be including instructions for stove top popping in the recipe card at the bottom.


You’ll Need:

Equipment

  • A Large Lid
  • An Instant Pot
  • Oven Mits or Dry Towel

Popcorn Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernals
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

Instructions:


Instant Pot Popcorn Instructions

  1. Turn on the Instant pot and press ‘saute’. Hit ‘adjust’ to turn up the heat to ‘more’. Let the pot pre-heat until the display reads ‘HOT’
  2. Add 2 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil to the pot and let it melt.
  3. Add half a cup of popcorn kernels and stir them around with a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir and evenly spread the kernels over the bottom of the Instant pot for about a minute. You will hear them start to sizzle.
  5. Place a glass lid over the Instant Pot. An official Instant Pot Lid is available though not required. Any Large lid will do.
  6. It can take around two minutes for the corn to start popping as it heats. Larger Instant pots may heat faster than smaller models.
  7. Let the popcorn pop for about 5 minutes. When the popping slows to one pop every 15 seconds, shake the pot and let any uncooked kernels pop.
  8. Remove the lid and using an oven mit or dry towel, pour the freshly popped popcorn into a serving bowl.
  9. Season the Instant Pot popcorn with melted butter or your favorite seasoning blend. (See the post for 6 popular flavor combinations!)

Stove Top Popcorn

  1. Place a thick bottomed pot on the stove and melt the coconut oil on high heat.
  2. Add 2 or 3 individual kernels of corn in the pot and cover them with a lid. Once they are popped you know the oil is hot and ready to go.
  3. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels and recover the pot. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the popping slows down. Remove the pot from the heat and shake occasionally until popping has stopped.
  4. Remove the popcorn from the pot and season then serve in a bowl!

Notes:


Trouble Shooting:

  • Oils such as canola, peanut, corn, or olive oil may all be used as well, but they have varying smoke points and may heat differently, resulting in less evenly popped corn, or burnt kernels.

Another reason the kernels may not be popping popping is that :

  1. your instant pot heats higher then mine (try doing this on a lower temperature setting)
  2. you have old popcorn kernels.

Popcorn pops because the moisture trapped inside heats, and when the pressure becomes to much, POP, the kernel pops. Old kernels or ones which have been stored to long and have dried out will not pop.