Delicious, sweet and juicy Instant Pot Corn On The Cob has just a 1-2 minute cook time, no matter how many ears of corn you cook!
While there are many methods to making delicious corn on the cob, Instant Pot corn on the cob is my favorite. The pressure cooker is simpler and less hands-on than stovetop boiling and grilling. Not to mention there isn't a giant pot of boiling water to handle when boiling corn! And while air fried corn on the cob is fantastic too, the outcome is a bit different tasting (similar to grilling).
Pressure cooking sweet summer corn is quick. Whether you're cooking 1 ear of corn or 10, the cook time remains the same. Top your corn with your favorite seasonings or fixings after it's cooked and you've got a quick and easy side dish for your summer dinners and barbecues!
How To Pick The Perfect Corn On The Cob
Look for tassels (the things sticking out of the top) that are brown and a little sticky to the touch. If the tassels are dry or black, then the ear of corn is old. The husk should be bright green, damp and tightly wrapped against the corn. Don't choose corn with husks that are yellow or feel dry.
Ways To Serve Corn On The Cob
I love corn on the cob topped with butter and salt but there are many other ways to dress up your juicy corn on the cob. Here are some delicious ideas"
- Barbecue sauce
- Pesto sauce
- Parmesan cheese and olive oil
- Lemon Pepper seasoning
- Honey mustard
- Old Bay seasoning
Instant Pot Corn On The Cob Cook Time
Instant Pot corn on the cob has a very short cook time- just a few minutes! The time you choose depends on your preferred doneness. One minute cooking time for fresh corn was perfect for me. It resulted in plump, tender kernels that were bursting with juicy flavor.
Fresh corn: 1-2 minutes
Frozen corn: 3-4 minutes
While pressure cooking corn on the cob is incredibly easy, there are a couple important reminders:
- Only pressure cook corn on the cob for 1-2 minutes, no matter how much corn you have in the pot. Any longer will overcook the corn resulting in chewy or dried out corn with less flavor.
- Use a quick pressure release, which means to immediately turn the venting knob to the venting position to release the steam when the cook time is up.
- You should use a trivet or sling so that the corn doesn't sit in the water while pressure cooking.
You should use the manufacturer's recommended amount of water for your size Instant Pot or pressure cooker. The recommended water amount allows the pot to come to pressure correctly, which affects cook time and therefore, recipe outcome.
Yes, frozen corn on the cob can be pressure cooked the same way as fresh by increasing the time to 3 minutes.
Husk-on corn can be pressure cooked by increasing the time to 3-4 minutes. Peel the husks after pressure cooking, once the corn has cooled slightly. Use oven mitts to prevent burning your fingers. The corn under the husk will be very hot!
How To Store Corn On The Cob
Instant Pot corn on the cob is best served immediately after cooking, but it can be kept for a few days after.
When properly stored, cooked corn on the cob will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Tightly wrap the corn individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. Reheat in the air fryer, oven, or microwave until warmed through.
STEP 1: Peels the husks off the ears of corn and remove all silk strings.
STEP 2: Pour the water into the inner pot. Place a trivet or silicone sling in the pot. Add the corn.
STEP 3: Close the lid and set the vent to sealed. Set to pressure cook/manual on high for 1 minute. For slightly softer corn, set to 2 minutes.
STEP 4: When pressure cooking is complete, quickly release the pressure and remove the lid. Use tongs to transfer the corn to a serving dish. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
Instant Pot Corn On The Cob
- 4 ears of corn shucked
- 1 ½ cups water see notes
- Peels the husks off the ears of corn and remove all silk strings.
- Pour the water into the inner pot. Place a trivet or silicone sling in the pot. Add the corn.
- Close the lid and set the vent to sealed. Set to pressure cook/manual on high for 1 minute. For slightly softer corn, set to 2 minutes.
- When pressure cooking is complete, quickly release the pressure and remove the lid. Use tongs to transfer the corn to a serving dish. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.