Make Perfectly Popped Popcorn In A Pressure Cooker
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What is Popcorn?

Popcorn is a crunchy, aromatic, and highly addictive snack that has been satisfying taste buds for generations. This humble yet delicious treat is made from a simple kernel of corn that, when exposed to heat, transforms into a light and fluffy delight. 

The versatility of popcorn is one of its greatest features. It can be enjoyed in many ways, from classic butter and salt to more adventurous flavours like caramel, cheese, or spicy varieties. And with its low-calorie count, it can be a guilt-free indulgence that won't derail your diet.

How to prepare Popcorn with a pressure cooker? 

Using a pressure cooker to make popcorn is not only efficient and easy, but it also adds an element of excitement to the process. It's like a mini-science experiment in your kitchen! As you watch the pressure build up and the steam escape, you can almost feel the anticipation building for the delicious popcorn about to be ready.

Additionally, the pressure cooker allows for more even heat distribution, resulting in less burnt kernels and fluffier and fully popped popcorn. It's the perfect way to achieve that movie-theatre quality popcorn.


Here are the ingredients you will need to make popcorn in a pressure cooker, as well as some helpful tips to make sure your popcorn turns out perfectly:

  • 1 cup of popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (preferably vegetable oil)
  • Salt to taste

Recipe for Popcorn:

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  • Start by adding the oil to the pressure cooker and heating it over a medium-high flame. Once the oil is hot, put the corn kernels in the pressure cooker and stir well to coat them in the oil.
  • Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and turn the heat high. Remove the whistle before doing so. 
  • Once the pressure cooker builds pressure and steam, reduce the heat to medium-high and count the time. You should cook the popcorn for about 2-3 minutes.
  • After 2-3 minutes, turn off the heat and release the pressure naturally. 
  • Once the pressure is released, open the lid of the pressure cooker, and add salt to taste.
  • Use a large spoon to stir the popcorn and coat it with the salt.
  • Enjoy your freshly made and delicious popcorn!

Tips for Making Popcorn

Check out these tips for making your popcorns quickly  using a pressure cooker.

  • Use a high-quality pressure cooker with a tight-fitting lid and a vent valve to ensure the pressure builds up and is maintained properly.
  • Use a large, heavy-bottomed pressure cooker with plenty of room for the popcorn kernels to pop and expand.
  • Use a neutral-tasting oil like coconut or vegetable oil to avoid overpowering flavours.
  • Add salt to taste once the popcorn is done cooking. You can also experiment with seasonings like herbs, and spices, or even try yeast for a cheesy flavour.
  • Don't open the pressure cooker lid until all the pressure has been released naturally. This will prevent any accidents and ensure that the popcorn is fully cooked.
  • With this method, you can also create a healthier version of popcorn. Using a minimal amount of oil, and no butter, you can make a low-fat and high-fibre snack.

Making popcorn in a pressure cooker is a fun and easy way to enjoy this classic snack. This method is faster than traditional stove-top popping and produces perfectly fluffy popcorn every time. And you have complete control over the ingredients and can customise the flavour to suit your preferences. So if you're looking for a unique way to make popcorn, give the pressure cooker method a try and taste the difference!