In this post: You’re never too old to learn how to make corn on the cob. This recipe is simplified to make in the pressure cooker. Delicious and perfectly cooked corn every time! Tastes amazing with vegan butter and salt.


You can either take the time to cook your corn on the stove, or toss it in the Instant Pot® and save a few minutes. This recipe makes delicious, perfect corn on the cob every time, and it only takes a few minutes!

Instant Pot® corn on the cob on a cutting board.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This Instant Pot® corn on the cob recipe:

  • is quick and easy to make
  • doesn’t include complicated instructions or hard-to-find ingredients
  • is totally free of the most common food allergens

Why Cook Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot®?

I like to cook corn on the cob in the Instant Pot® because it

  • won’t heat up your kitchen in the summer
  • makes tender ears of corn with great flavor
  • takes only 15 minutes to cook; and
  • requires no babysitting, so you can just relax!

Tools for Cooking Corn on the Cob in an Instant Pot®

  • 6-quart (or larger) Instant Pot® if you want to do full cobs, you’ll want a larger instant pot to work with. If you have a smaller Instant Pot®, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook them that way instead.
  • Instant Pot® insert or steaming basket – you don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot.
Uncooked corn on the cob and a bowl of water.

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob: it’s better to shuck your corn before cooking because it takes a long time to cool down when cooked in the husks.
  • Water: helps cook the corn with steam.

Variations

I like to start by adding some butter (or vegan butter) for my seasonings and toppings to stick to. These are my favorite seasoning and garnish ideas for corn on the cob:

How to Make Instant Pot® Corn on the Cob

  1. Place the insert inside your Instant Pot® and place the corn on the cob on top of it. 
  2. Add the water and secure the lid.
  3. Place the pot on high pressure/manual and set the cooking time to 2 minutes.
  4. It will take about 5-10 minutes for the pot to pressurize and then the 2 minutes will start counting down.
  5. Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release it afterward.
  6. Remove the corn from the Instant Pot®, dress with your favorite seasonings, and serve!
Four corn on the cobs with a parsley garnish.

How to Serve Corn on the Cob

You can serve this Instant Pot® corn on the cob with dishes like:

Tips

  • Corn on the cob can be big, so if you want to do full pieces, you’ll want a larger Instant Pot® to work with. For smaller Instant Pots®, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook them that way instead. Do not change the process or cooking time.
  • Use a steamer basket or the insert the Instant Pot® comes with; you don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot.
  • When you buy your corn, choose corn cobs with bright green leaves, brightly colored kernels, and lots of moist corn silk.
Four corn on the cobs on a cutting board.

FAQs

How do you steam corn in the Instant Pot®?

Following this recipe will teach you how to steam corn on the cob in the Instant Pot®! You should put the corn above the water – on the insert or steamer basket – instead of in it, so the corn steams instead of boils.

Is it better to steam or boil corn on the cob?

Steaming corn is much quicker and it helps the corn retain many essential nutrients like dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and more!

What happens if you cook corn too long?

If you cook corn for too long it will either burn or turn out super mushy. 

How many cobs can I cook at once?

Depending on the size of your corn, you can cook up to 6 cobs in a 6-quart Instant Pot® and 8 cobs in an 8-quart Instant Pot®. You may be able to fit more if you cut the corn cobs into smaller pieces, like halves or thirds.

Can you freeze corn on the cob?

Absolutely! Here’s how:

  • Uncooked corn: Remove the husks and silks completely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in a ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. Let thaw completely at room temperature before cooking.
  • Cooked corn: Let the corn cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 6 months. 

When is corn on the cob in season?

It depends on where you live! Corn on the cob is usually in season between May and September in the U.S. and between May and October in Southern Canada. 

Can you cook corn in the husks?

You can! Corn in the husks will need a couple of extra minutes of cooking time. But beware, the husks will keep the corn extra hot for a long time, so you will have to leave the corn for a while to cool. I personally like shucking my corn first so it cooks and cools faster!

Instant Pot corn on the cob on a cutting board with a parsley garnish.

How to Purchase Corn on the Cob

The best corn will be the stuff most recently picked. You’re looking for fresh corn with:

  • Bright green leaves
  • Plump and brightly colored kernels
  • Soft and moist cornsilk, and
  • Moist (but not slimy) stems

How to Store Corn on the Cob

Freezing instructions are explained above in the FAQs section. This is how to store corn on the cob in the refrigerator:

  • Uncooked: leave in the husks and store in an airtight container for 1-2 days.
  • Cooked: let the corn cool and store it in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

More Instant Pot® Ideas

Instant Pot® corn on the cob on a cutting board.

Instant Pot® Corn On The Cob

Yield: 4 corn cobs
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

Delicious, perfect corn on the cob that only takes a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 Corn On the Cob, shucked
  • 1 ½ Cups Water

Instructions

  1. Place the insert inside your instant pot and put the corn on top of it. 
  2. Add the water and secure the lid.
  3. Place the pot on high pressure/manual and set the cooking time to 2 minutes.
  4. It will take about 5-10 minutes for the pot to pressurize and then the 2 minutes will start counting down.
  5. Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes and then manually release it afterward.
  6. Remove the corn safely from the instant pot, dress, and enjoy!

Notes

  • You'll need an Instant Pot® insert or steaming basket because you don’t want the corn touching the bottom of the pot.
  • Corn on the cob can be big, so if you want to do full pieces, you’ll need a larger Instant Pot® to work with. For smaller Instant Pots®, you can slice your cobs into smaller chunks and cook them that way instead. Do not change the process or cooking time.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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