If you're looking for a delicious and easy side dish, look no further than Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe. Tender corn cooks up in only 2 minutes, meaning it’s a no fuss side dish we can enjoy all summer long!
This recipe is simple to make and perfect for summertime cookouts for dinner.
Plus, the Instant Pot makes the process super fast and easy - you'll have fresh corn on the cob in no time!
No heating up the kitchen, no boiling of water. Just perfect corn, slathered in a healthy pat of butter.
And a sprinkle of salt. That’s a must have in my book, too!
Summertime basically screams corn on the cob here in the midwest. I grew up eating it and my family will, too.
And while we’re farmers, we personally don’t grow our own sweet corn. Thankfully, neighbors that do that, and all I have to do is roll up to their farm stand and grab a dozen ears of corn for a great side dish recipe that goes with almost anything.
If you don’t have a farm stand or farmers market near you, never fear! You can grab some sweet summer corn from your local grocery store.
Growing up, we would always boil corn on the cob. And while that was delicious, it also headed the kitchen up tremendously.
Steamy kitchen windows, anyone?? And, because the corn was cooking in water, the corn cobs tended to get soggy.
Plus, we had to wait for a huge pot of water to boil before we could pop those lovely ears of corn in…and who has time for that??!?
Seriously, this is one of the best ways to cook corn on the cob!
This may be the most simple ingredient list I’ve ever written. You’ll need:
- Sweet corn, husked and silks remove (those are the little hairs inside the outer layers). Here's a quick overview of how to husk corn.
- Salt and butter, if desired. And I think we do want them, right?
See the recipe card below for full quantities of everything.
Step 1: Place trivet that came with your pot in the bottom of your pressure cooker. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot.
Step 2: Place about six ears corn in your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, stacked in two row of three.
Step 3: Seal the lid and then set the pressure cooking time to two minutes. When the cooking time is finished, do a quick release to let the pot vent.
Remember that it takes some time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. A good rule of thumb is about ten minutes, so take that into account in your planning.
Cooking time may vary depending on how many ears of corn you’re cooking.
Make as many or as few ears as you like. This recipe calls for 6 but you can adjust for you and your family.
How long does it take to cook corn on cob in the Instant Pot?
It only takes two minutes but remember, that’s the time it takes after your Instant Pot comes up to pressure.
So be sure to allow about 5-10 minutes for the water and pressure to build inside your pot. Only then will it start the cooking time of the two minutes.
How to reheat corn on the cob
I like to wrap an ear of cooked corn in a damp paper towel and microwave it for 15-30 seconds, until it's just warmed through again.
Bonus points if you have cute corn on the cob shaped holders!!
If fear is holding you back from trying out this Instant Pot method, be sure to check out my post about Instant Pot fear!
Cooked corn can be stored in an airtight container. It truly is best when it's freshly cooked, though!
Pair it with Mexican food: try topping your corn with a slather of mayonnaise, a sprinkling of cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime.
My favorite way to eat corn on the cob? Generous butter & salt. Yum!!!
As an alternative you can make air fried corn on the cob, too.
Other recipes using fresh corn:
More Instant Pot Vegetables
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- 6 ears of fresh sweet corn husked and silks removed
- 1 cup water
- Put the steamer basket insert into your Instant Pot. Add 6 ears of corn in two rows; three on top and three on bottom.
- Add a cup of water and seal the lid.
- Set to pressure cook for 2 minutes. Remember that it takes some time for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. A good rule of thumb is about ten minutes, so take that into account in your planning.
- Do a quick release when the cook time ends.