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Instant Pot Corn On the Cob

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is a delicious and easy way to make corn in a fraction of the time it would take to cook it on the stovetop. This method uses pressure cooking to quickly steam the corn, resulting in perfectly cooked kernels that are tender and sweet.

Woman's hand holding an ear of corn.

Corn is a great side dish for any meal. With this easy Instant Pot recipe, you’ll have tender and juicy corn on the cob in no time.

Corn Facts

Corn is a wild grass that was first domesticated by Native Americans thousands of years ago. It’s a good source of fiber and vitamins B1, C, and folate. It does not take long to cook and is naturally delicious.

Let’s look at how to cook corn in a pressure cooker.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 ears fresh corn
  • cold water
Bowl of water and four ears of corn.

Items Needed

  • 6-Quart Instant Pot
  • Instant Pot Insert or Steaming Basket

Directions

Shuck the corn and remove any silks.

Ear of corn in an Instant Pot.

Place your insert inside your Instant Pot and place the corn ears on top of it.

Water being poured over ears of corn in a pressure cooker pot.

Add the water and secure the lid. Turn the steam valve to the sealing position.

Pressure Cook Time

Place the pot on high pressure/manual and set the cooking time to 2 minutes. It will take about 5-10 minutes for the pot to pressurize and then the 2 minutes will start counting down.

Release Times

Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release any remaining steam by turning the valve to the venting position. Remove the corn safely from the instant pot, dress, and enjoy!

Store any leftover corn in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Corn on the cob can be big, so if to do full pieces, you’ll need a larger instant pot to work with. The one pictured is 6 quarts.
  • For smaller instant pots, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook it that way instead. Do not change the process or cooking time.
  • I use a steamer basket, but the insert the Instant Pot comes with is just fine. You just don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot.
Four ears of corn on the cob in front of an Instant Pot.

Corn Toppings

Corn on the cob is a delicious side dish that can be enjoyed plain or with a variety of toppings. From butter and salt to chili powder and lime, there are endless possibilities for adding flavor to your corn. Here are some popular topping ideas:

  • Butter and Salt – A classic combination that adds a creamy texture and salty flavor.
  • Chili Powder – Sprinkle chili powder over the corn for a spicy kick.
  • Lime Juice – Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn for a bright and tangy flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the corn for a cheesy flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs – Add chopped fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or chives to give your corn an herby flavor.
  • Bacon Bits – Sprinkle cooked bacon bits over the corn for a smoky flavor.
  • Honey – Drizzle honey over the corn for a sweet and savory flavor.
  • Garlic Butter – Mix melted butter, garlic powder, and salt to make a delicious garlic butter sauce to pour over your corn.
  • Hot Sauce – Add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce to give your corn a spicy kick.
Woman's hand holding an ear of corn.

Instant Pot Corn On the Cob

Save time and effort by cooking corn on the cob in your Instant Pot. It only takes minutes to cook delicious corn on the cob in a pressure cooker.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 77kcal

Equipment

  • 6-Quart Instant Pot
  • Instant Pot Insert or Steaming Basket

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 ½ Cups Water

Instructions

  • Place your insert inside your instant pot and place the corn ears on top of it.
  • Add the water and secure the lid.
  • Place the pot on high pressure/manual and set the cooking time to 2 minutes.
  • It will take about 5-10 minutes for the pot to pressurize and then the 2 minutes will start counting down.
  • Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release any remaining steam.
  • Remove the corn safely from the instant pot, dress, and enjoy!

Notes

Corn on the cob is a delicious side dish that can be enjoyed plain or with a variety of toppings. From butter and salt to chili powder and lime, there are endless possibilities for adding flavor to your corn. Here are some popular topping ideas:
  • Butter and Salt – A classic combination that adds a creamy texture and salty flavor.
  • Chili Powder – Sprinkle chili powder over the corn for a spicy kick.
  • Lime Juice – Squeeze fresh lime juice over the corn for a bright and tangy flavor.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the corn for a cheesy flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs – Add chopped fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or chives to give your corn an herby flavor.
  • Bacon Bits – Sprinkle cooked bacon bits over the corn for a smoky flavor.
  • Honey – Drizzle honey over the corn for a sweet and savory flavor.
  • Garlic Butter – Mix together melted butter, garlic powder, and salt to make a delicious garlic butter sauce to pour over your corn.
  • Hot Sauce – Add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce to give your corn a spicy kick.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ear of corn | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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