Okay. I confess that this was my first try at making popcorn in my Instant Pot. What can I say. You inspire me to try new things.
I put my Instant Pot on saute (high setting). When it indicated that it was “HOT” I added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (because it has a high smoke point). After it melted, I added a 1/2 cup of kernels, gave a good, quick stir, and put my glass Instant Pot lid on top. You could use any lid that fits. Once the kernels started to pop, using oven gloves, I occasionally lifted the insert out and gave a quick shake, and I continued until the popping had completely stopped. I then turned the Instant Pot to the warm setting and tossed in some seasonings.
The verdict: The popcorn that actually popped was delicious. You can taste the coconut. However, I would say that only about 1/2 to 2/3 of my kernels actually popped. I wonder if I should have avoided lifting and shaking…. I will have to do some more experimenting.