Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is the easiest way to make fresh corn on the cob with or without removing the husks!
The Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob
Corn on the Cob is one of my favorite things to eat in the summer months. I love grilled corn on the cob, air-fried corn, and even boiled, but using the Instant Pot is my FAVORITE way to prepare fresh corn on the cob.
Not only is this the easiest method for preparing sweet summer corn, but it is also the tastiest.
Fresh corn on the cob is cooked to perfection in the moist heat of the Instant Pot. This means that the corn is steamed, instead of boiled. That results in corn which is not water-logged corn or dried out. Instead, Instant Pot Corn is tender, juicy, and the flavor of corn is intensified--making it the absolute best!
How To Make Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot
- Prepare the corn. You can opt to shuck your corn cobs or leave the husks on the corn. If leaving the husks on your corn cobs, you will need to trim off the tip of the corn cob and remove the long stem at the bottom of your corn cobs, in order for your corn cobs to fit inside your instant pot.
- Pour in cold water into Instant Pot. You will need 1 cup of water for 3 and 6 quart Instant Pot, 1.5 cups water for an 8 quart Instant Pot, and 2 cups water for 10 quart Instant Pot.
- Place trivet or steamer basket inside Instant Pot. If you don't have a rack or steamer basket, you can place the corn directly in the water. But for the best flavor, I highly recommend using a rack or basket to prevent the corn from becoming water-logged.
- Place shucked or unshucked corn cobs right on trivet or steamer basket, stacking as many as desired into the Instant Pot. Keep in mind that a trivet will let you fit larger corn cobs in your Instant Pot than a steamer basket.
- Place lid on the pressure cooker and be sure lid is sealed and vent knob is closed or pointed towards "seal."
- Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes for corn without husk or cook on high pressure for 3-4 minutes for corn with husk. I recommend 4 minutes if your corn cobs are really thick.
- For the best results, wait for 5 minutes before releasing pressure.
- Release pressure by using a wooden spoon to knock the vent knob from the sealed to the venting position. Read more about how quick release at Instant Pot 101.
- Remove corn from the pressure cooker and then remove husks if needed.
- Serve with butter, mayonnaise, nondairy butter, or however your family enjoys sweet summer corn.
Cooking Frozen Corn on the Cob
While I HIGHLY recommend purchasing corn on the cob when fresh for the best flavor, you can cook frozen corn on the cob right in your Instant Pot.
- Pour in 1-2 cups water inside your instant pot, this is based on the size of Instant Pot.
- Place rack or steamer basket in the pressure cooker.
- Place frozen corn cobs right on the rack.
- Seal Instant Pot and cook for 4 minutes on High Pressure.
- Let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick release of remaining pressure.
Ways to Flavor Corn on the Cob
- Butter and Salt: Stick to the classic and season the grilled corn with butter and salt.
- Cilantro Lime Corn: Roll the corn in butter that has been seasoned with fresh lime zest and juice and then sprinkle with cilantro and queso fresco.
- Mexican Street Corn: Spread mayonnaise on corn, sprinkle with chili powder, and a drizzle of Mexican crema.
- Fresh Herbs: Brush the corn on the cob with yogurt, butter, or mayonnaise and sprinkle with chopped parsley, chopped chives, or chopped fresh dill.
- Parmesan: Spread the corn with butter or brush with extra virgin olive oil and grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the corn.
More Instant Pot Vegetable Recipes
- Instant Pot Green Beans
- Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
- Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Video
Check out my step-by-step video on how to make Corn on the Cob on YouTube. And please subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the BELL icon so you can be the first to know when I post a new video.
Once you try Instant Pot Corn, you will agree that it is the BEST method for cooking fresh summer corn! Enjoy this easy, fast method, and be sure to leave a comment and review below.
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- 1-12 corn on the cob as many as will fit in the Instant Pot
- Shuck your corn cobs if desired. If leaving the husks on your corn cobs, trim off the tip of the corn cob and remove long stem at the bottom of your corn cobs, in order for the corn to fit inside the Instant Pot.
- Pour in cold water into Instant Pot. 1 cup water for 3 and 6 quart Instant Pot; 1.5 cups water for 8 quart Instant Pot; 2 cups water for 10 quart Instant Pot. Place trivet or steamer basket inside Instant Pot.
- Place corn cobs right on trivet or steamer basket, stacking as many as desired in Instant Pot.
- Place lid on pressure cooker and be sure lid is sealed and vent knob is closed or pointed towards "seal."
- Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes for corn without husk. Cook on high pressure for 3-4 minutes for corn with husk. I recommend 4 minutes if your corn cobs are really thick.
- Once cook time has elapsed, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
- Serve corn as desired.