Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.

Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 

Growing up, my mom would always add a pinch of sugar to her pot of water when she was boiling corn on the cob. She said that it made the corn extra sweet and delicious. Today, I’m taking that methodology and modernizing it a bit, with the Instant Pot.

Using your pressure cooker to make corn on the cob is the easiest method. It’s hands free. Meaning there’s no babysitting the pot of water to ensure that it doesn’t boil over. Plus, you can cook as many ears of corn at one time as you can fit in your Instant Pot. The cook time will remain the same, regardless. Only cooking for two? Just add two ears of corn to your pot. Have a large crowd coming over? I can fit at least six ears of corn in my 6-quart Instant Pot.

Uncooked ears of corn in the Instant Pot.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot

  • Remove the husks from the corn.
  • Place a trivet in the Instant Pot and add 1 cup water.
  • Seal the pot and cook on MANUAL high pressure for 3 minutes.
  • When time is up, perform a quick pressure release.

How to Cook Frozen Corn in the Instant Pot

  • You can cook frozen corn cobs in the Instant Pot. Simply increase the cook time from 3 minutes to 4 minutes.

When is Corn on the Cob in Season?

  • Depending on the area you live in, you can generally find fresh corn on the cob available from May – November.

Cooked ears of corn on the cob in grey serving dish.

Tips for Making the Best Corn on the Cob:

  • Remove the husks from your corn right before cooking to preserve flavor.
  • Ensure the corn isn’t sitting in water. Use a trivet to lift the corn above the water level.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to the water for extra sweetness.
  • Don’t overcook it. 3 minutes is all it takes, regardless of how many ears you’re cooking.

Tools Used to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob:

How to Store Corn on the Cob

  • Fresh corn on the cob is best stored in the refrigerator, with the husks on, until you’re ready to use it. The husks preserve flavor and freshness. If you’d like to husk ahead of time, store the corn in a ziploc bag and use in within 3 days.

Hand holding platter of cooked corn on the cob.

What Goes With Corn on the Cob?

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Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Course: Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn on the cob, instant pot corn, pressure cooker corn
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 9 kcal

Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 

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Ingredients

  • 5-6 ears corn husks removed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Add trivet to the Instant Pot and add water and sugar.
  2. Place corn in the Instant Pot.
  3. Secure the lid and set the valve to sealing. Cook on MANUAL (High Pressurfor 3 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, quick release any remaining pressure and then remove the lid.
  5. Use tongs to carefully remove the hot ears of corn from the pot.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving
Calories 9 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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3 comments

  1. Pech


    I love summer corn! Now you have me craving some

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Isn’t it the best?!

      Reply

  2. jennie lamancuso


    I love corn!! It’s corn season and this is the best recipe ever!!!

    Reply

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