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Instant Pot Corn on the cob

17 July 2020 | Last Updated: 14 September 2020

Corn on the cob cooked in a pressure cooker is the quickest possible and delicious way to enjoy fresh corn! I usually love baking corn (this method comes in handy if you want to cook lots of corn ears), but I became a recent Instant Pot convert. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish to enjoy juicy and perfectly cooked corn on the cob.

corn on the cob in a white baking dish

How to make the perfect corn on the cob in the Instant Pot:

left photo: water is being poured into the instant pot, right photo: ears of corn in the instant pot

STEP 1: Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.

STEP 2: Place the trivet, put the corn on the trivet (as many ears as can fit).

In a 6 qt (6l) Instant Pot you can fit 6 smaller or 5 medium/large ears of corn. If you cut the corn in half vertically you may be able to fit in even more.

instant pot settings

STEP 3: Close the lid, move the valve to the ‘sealing’ position.

STEP 4: Press high pressure and manually set the timer to 2 minutes.

Cooking time doesn’t depend on the number of corn ears. It’s always 2 minutes on high pressure.

If you have corn in the husk, cook the corn on the high pressure for 5 minutes (I prefer to peel the corn and cook it without the husks although it’s possible both ways).

instant pot valve set to venting position, cooked corn in the instant pot

STEP 5: When the time is up, make the quick release – move the valve to the ‘venting’ position.

STEP 6: When the pressure pin is down, open the pot. Transfer the corn with tongs on a plate and serve immediately with butter and salt.

Enjoy!

How to serve it + other flavor combinations:

I enjoy my fresh corn on the cob with just butter and salt but feel free to add any other seasonings if you’re looking for something new. You can melt the butter in the residual heat of the instant pot or rub it with soft butter on all sides (I prefer the latter, this way more butter stays on the corn and goes between all the kernels).

  • you could use any seasoned butter that you like, like lemon garlic herb butter or butter spiced with curry powder or Cajun seasoning
  • sprinkle the corn with parmesan cheese
  • anther amazing flavor combination is: butter, salt, lime juice, and cayenne pepper
  • or butter, salt, pepper, honey, sriracha
  • or mayo, parmesan, chili

What to serve it with?

You can eat this corn on the cob as a delicious snack or serve it as a side dish with your dinner. It would go really well with these amazing dishes:

How to use up leftover cooked corn:

  • If you have leftovers just cut the corn off the cob and add it to any dish that calls for corn, like this broccoli egg salad, chicken quesadillas with bell pepper, mushrooms, or vegetable fritters like these cheesy zucchini corn fritters.
    How to cut corn off the cob: Hold a cob vertically on a cutting board and using a sharp knife cut the kernels away from the cob in long downward strokes.
  • Don’t throw away leftover naked cobs! You can add them to your homemade stock, especially if you’re preparing it for soups like corn chowder. It will be slightly sweeter. You can also freeze them and use later.

Storage:

Store the cooked corn in the fridge for up to 2 days.

How to reheat cooked corn: I reheat it also in the Instant Pot. I cook it like in the recipe but I set the timer to 0 minutes. It tastes like freshly made!

overhead picture of corn in a white baking dish on a blue kitchen towel

Instant Pot Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob cooked in a pressure cooker is the quickest possible and delicious way to enjoy fresh corn!
corn on the cob in a white baking dish
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings (4 ears of corn)
Calories 162kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons soft butter
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot, place the trivet, put the corn on the trivet (as many ears as can fit).
  • Close the lid, move the valve to the ‘sealing’ position.
  • Press high pressure and manually set the timer to 2 minutes.
  • When the time is up, make the quick release – move the valve to the ‘venting’ position. When the pressure pin is down, open the pot.
  • Transfer the corn with tongs on a plate and serve immediately with butter and salt.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe was tested in a 6qt (6l) Instant Pot Duo.
  • You can melt the butter in the residual heat of the instant pot or rub the corn with soft butter on all sides (I prefer the latter).
  • If you have corn in the husk, cook the corn on the high pressure for 5 minutes (I prefer to peel the corn and cook it without the husks).
  • Cooking time doesn’t depend on the number of corn ears. It’s always 2 minutes on high pressure.
  • In a 6 qt (6l) Instant Pot you can fit 6 smaller or 5 medium/large ears of corn. If you cut the corn in half vertically you may be able to fit in even more.
  • Storage: Store the cooked corn in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • How to reheat cooked corn: I reheat it also in the Instant Pot. I cook it like in the recipe but I set the timer to 0 minutes. It tastes like freshly made!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, international
Keyword instant pot corn on the cob, pressure cooker corn on the cob

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