Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is an easy way to cook perfectly crisp tender fresh corn. It cooks in just 2 minutes after your Instant Pot comes to pressure. Serve it topped with some butter and salt for a perfect side dish.
Picking a Good Ear of Corn
I am sure there are a lot of ways to ensure you have ripe and juicy corn on the cob. I grew up in Iowa and we have gone through our fare share of fresh sweet corn.
- My favorite way is to slightly peel back the husk and silk from the ear.
- If the corn kernels are plump and yellow/white ALL the way to the TOP then you have a good ear. If there is just husk with no corn, try again!
- Another good sign is if the “silk” is slightly damp and yellowish in color. It can be dried at the very top but shouldn’t be dead and dried all the way into the cob.
- Use your nose! If the corn smells like sweet corn, that’s a good sign.
- And always (this is gross)… look for bugs or worms at the top of the corn cob when you pull the husk back.
How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot
Of course you can boil water on the stove and make corn on the cob. But if you have the grill going and you can’t watch for the water to boil, cooking the corn in the Instant Pot is a great option!
- Prep the Corn
- Place Corn in the Instant Pot
- Time To Cook
Shuck the corn on the cob by peeling back the husk and silk. Give it a rinse under cool water. If there is still a stem end trim that off.
Place the metal trivet in the pot, pour 1 cup water into the bottom.
Set the corn upright, lay it down, or if you have large ears of corn you can cut them in half before adding them to the pot.
Place the lid on the pot and set it to cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. Do a quick release at the end of cook time.
With pressure building time and release time the total process is around 13 minutes.
Serve your corn with butter and salt! Sometimes if you have really sweet corn it doesn’t even need the butter and salt.
Butter and Salt
Pro Tip: if you have a lot of corn to butter and salt, drain the water out of the Instant Pot. Add a couple tablespoons of butter and pinches of kosher salt to the pot. Put the lid on and shake the corn in the Instant Pot. It will get a nice coating of butter!
What to Serve with Corn
If you love serving corn on the cob as a side dish, here are some awesome entrée ideas to accompany your Instant Pot Corn on the Cob:
- Ham Balls
- Steak Bites
- Grilled Burgers
- Instant Pot Boneless BBQ Ribs
- Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
- Grilled Chicken Burgers
More Side Dish Recipes
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe
- Remove the husk, silk, and stem end from your ears of corn. Wash the ear of corn if necessary.4-8 ears of fresh corn on the cob
- Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pot, put the trivet in the pot. Place your cleaned fresh corn on the cob in the pot.You can lay it down, stand it up, or if you have large ears of corn you can break them in half before placing them in the pot.1 cup water
- Put the lid on the pot and lock the pressure valve to "seal".Set the pot to cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. (cook time will be the same whether you have 4 ears or 8 ears of corn in the Instant Pot)
- Do a quick release of pressure.
- Remove the corn from the Instant Pot and serve with butter and salt.If you have a lot of corn to butter and salt, drain the water out of the Instant Pot. Add a couple tablespoons of butter and pinches of kosher salt to the pot. Put the lid on and shake the corn in the Instant Pot. It will get a nice coating of butter!kosher salt, butter
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