Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob can be made in minutes using the instant pot! It is tender and delicious and ready to smother in butter. 

Making Instant Pot corn on the cob is ridiculously easy and results in perfect corn with no hassle of boiling water. Try pairing this savory side with Easy Oven Baked Ribs, Cornbread Muffins, and Mom’s Oven Baked Beans

Instant pot corn on the cob on a white plate

Made in Minutes!

Corn on the cob is oh so good, but for some reason it’s super messy! I always end up boiling over and making a huge mess. Maybe I just try to stuff in too many golden stalks of yummy-ness. 

Well I don’t have that problem anymore! Now I make this sweet side in the instant pot. I have no mess, and I can make it in half the time. You will love making corn on the cob this way, trust me.

How to choose the best corn on the cob? Here are a few tips…

  • The husk should be bright green, not dull
  • The tassel should be golden brown and slightly sticky, not black
  • There shouldn’t be any insect holes in the husk, or else there could be worms inside
  • Feel the ear for plump kernels, don’t go for ears that have sections of kernels missing or that aren’t firm.

5 pieces of corn on the cob ready to be cooked

How to Make Corn in the Instant Pot

PLACE IN POT. Add 1 cup of cold water to the Instant Pot. Place steamer basket inside, then place corn in the basket. Place lid on and lock. Check to ensure valve is set to sealing.

COOK. Turn Instant Pot on MANUAL mode (high pressure) for 12 minutes. Once fully cooked, release pressure manually by carefully switching the valve to the venting position. Once the float valve pin drops, carefully remove the lid.

SEASON. Rub with butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe FAQ

Cutting in half? It isn’t necessary to cut the corn in half as long as you remove the long stem from the bottom of the corn. After doing that it will help the ears fit better, if it still doesn’t fit you can trim off the top of the ear. Some people prefer to cut the ears in half because its more kid friendly that way.

Husk on or off? If you choose to cook the corn in the husk it will be a longer cook time, if you choose to forgo the husk you will end up having to cook it for less time.

Seasoning in an instant pot? Lots of recipes don’t have you season your corn while its cooking in the pot, but rather when its done. Then you can top it with butter/oil, and any array of seasonings: salt, pepper, chili salt, cayenne pepper, parmesan butter etc.

How to cut corn off? Stand the ear up and gently saw downwards with a large knife. You should aim your knife to cut through ⅔ of the kernels. 

Corn on the cob in the instant pot

Reheating + What to Eat with Corn

You can easily REHEAT the corn on the cob in a pot of boiling water. Place the ears in the pot and submerge them for 1-2 minutes until they’re warmed through.

What do you eat with corn on the cob? EVERYTHING!! JK – but here are some of our favs…

Close up of instant pot corn on the cob

What to use fresh corn for? Here are a few recipes…

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Recipe

Corn on the cob can be made in minutes using the instant pot! It is tender and delicious and ready to smother in butter. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 17 mins
Servings: 6 ears
Calories: 77kcal
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Ingredients

  • 4-6 ears corn - husked and cleaned
  • unsalted butter
  • kosher sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of cold water to the Instant Pot. Place steamer basket inside. Place corn in the basket.
  • Place lid on and lock. Check to ensure valve is set to sealing.
  • Turn Instant Pot on MANUAL mode (high pressure) for 12 minutes. Once fully cooked, release pressure manually by carefully switching the valve to the venting position. Once the float valve pin drops, carefully remove the lid.
  • Rub with butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg