Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

A summer classic of corn on the cob is the perfect side dish for any grill-out, potluck, or family meal. There’s no need to heat up the kitchen even more by boiling sweet corn on the stovetop because we have a fail-proof method that’s quick and easy! Our recipe for Instant Pot Corn on the Cob will give you tender and sweet corn each and every time. With only 5 minutes to pressure cook, you’ll be sinking your teeth into that classic summer side dish in record-breaking time.

Golden yellow corn on the cob halves in a white serving dish sprinkled with cracked black pepper

Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot

For years, we’ve made our corn on the cob by boiling the ears in a pot of water or grilling the corn on the cob. Our minds are blown away with this new method of making sweet corn, it’s quick, easy, and ultimately fail-proof. A quick pressure cooking time yields results in juicy, tender corn on the cob with kernels that pop with juice and flavor as you sink your teeth into each bite. With only 2 ingredients (corn on the cob and water), you’ll be adding corn on the cob to your menu many times this summer.

The lid of an Instant Pot being lifted off to reveal cooked corn on the cob

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is one of the freshest ways to enjoy this vegetable. It comes straight from the field, still wrapped in its green husk encased with smooth silk protecting the golden yellow kernels. Grab a few ears of corn and shuck the husk off, remove the silk, and cut the ends off to get it ready for a quick steam under pressure in the Instant Pot. Freshly cooked corn on the cob is a great addition to many sides and salads like our Grilled Corn Salad with Blackberries or Creamy BBQ Chicken Salad or as a topping for burrito bowls made with our beloved Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa.

Overhead view of corn on the cob with the green husk pulled down to the end laying on a cutting board next to an Instant Pot and black measuring cup filled with water

What you’ll need for Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is one of the easiest sides you’ll make this summer!  All you need are:

  • Instant Pot – we all use our Instant Pots weekly! If you don’t have one yet, check this one out. You won’t regret getting your hands on one because it truly makes life a whole lot easier.
  • Corn on the Cob – easily found at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and grocery stores from May thru September. All 50 states can grow corn, so it should be easy to find yourself sweet corn.
  • Water

How to make Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot

  • In the Instant Pot, place the trivet in the bottom of the pot along with one cup of water.
  • Shuck the corn. Remove the green husk from the corn on the cob by peeling back one layer at a time, starting from the top and peeling all the way to the bottom, then ripping it free at the bottom. Repeat until all of the husks are removed. The next layer is the silk, peel away all silk strands until just the kernels are left on the cob.
  • Place the corn on the cob on a cutting board and using a large knife, remove the bottom stem and top portion if needed (fresh from the field, the top end can have some browning).  Cut or break each cob in half.
  • Stand the corn halves upright on the trivet. Securely place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to the sealing position, and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once the cooking time is up, carefully flip the valve to quick-release the pressure, then remove the lid. Remove each ear of corn from the pot using tongs and place them on a serving platter.

How to choose the best corn on the cob

The best corn on the cob starts with, well, the best and freshest corn. Follow these tips to help you choose corn like pro:

  • Look for ears of corn with bright green husks. Avoid those that are pale yellow or brown.
  • Take a peek at the very top of the corn on the cob and look for bright golden yellow kernels that are plump. The exception here would be varieties of white or bi-color corn where you’ll want to look for plump kernels that a creamy white or light yellow.
  • Avoid corn that has brown spots, insect bites, or those with tassels (a tassel is the collection of silks that lie between the husks and the kernels) that are very dry or slimy.
  • Fresh corn will have sticky tassels, a bright green husk, and a whitish bottom (where the ear of corn was broken from the stalk).
  • Corn that is past its prime will have dark brown tassels, a brown and dried bottom, and the corn kernels will appear shriveled. While you can cook it, you’ll find the texture to soft and meal and the flavorless than appealing.

How to serve corn on the cob

We love keeping this vegetable side dish simple to let the delicate and sweet flavor of the corn shine through! After the corn on the cob in the Instant Pot has been fully cooked, remove it from the pot, place it on a platter, and melt a little butter (ghee or vegan butter also works well) over each cob.  All you need now is a sprinkle of salt and pepper and they’re ready for serving! A few other ways to enjoy corn on the cob:

  • Shave the corn from the cob by holding the ear of corn at an angle on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut the corn from the cob. Our Grilled Salmon with Elote-Style Corn is a great recipe to use freshly cut corn in.
  • Use fun corn holders and turn this healthy vegetable side into a kid-favorite instantly! We love these corn holders for kids and adults alike.
  • Bring fresh to a whole new level with using corn on the cob in Instant Pot for Black Bean and Corn Salsa with Avocado

Freshly cooked corn on the corn in a white serving dish

How to store cooked corn on the cob

Cooked corn on the cob can be stored in an airtight container (these large stand-up reusable silicone bags are great for this) for up to 4 days after initial cooking. To reheat, simply place the corn on the cob in a bowl with liquid (enough to cover the bottom of the bowl) and heat on high for 30-45 second increments until heated through. Or place the desired number of ears back in the Instant Pot on the trivet, with a cup of water in the bottom, and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes. Quick release the steam, remove the lid and enjoy.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

With the very sweetest of corn being readily available at the height of summer, we’re sharing a few backyard grill-out recipes that pair PERFECTLY with this Instant Pot Corn on the Cob.

More healthy veggie side dishes to try:

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Mustard Glaze

Garlic Roasted Radishes

Baked Carrot Fries with Dijon-Thyme Aoili

Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Making corn on the cob is quick and easy with our fail-proof method! Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is a quick method to cooking the corn and gives you perfectly plump and juicy kernels every time. You’re going to love this easy way to make a summer favorite!

  • Author: Ana Ankeny
  • Prep Time: 5 mins.
  • Cook Time: 5 mins. + 10 mins to pressurize
  • Total Time: 20 mins.
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Corn on the cob made in the Instant Pot in a white serving dish with cracked black pepper sprinkled on top

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn, husk and silk removed
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place the metal trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot along with one cup of water.
  2. Place the corn on a cutting board and cut off the bottom stem and top portion with a knife if needed (fresh from the field, the top end can have some browning).  Cut each cob in half.
  3. Stand the cob halves upright on the trivet. Securely place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to sealing position, and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Once the cooking time is us, quick-release the pressure by flipping the valve to the ‘venting’ position then remove the lid. Remove each ear of corn using tongs and place it on a serving platter.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 halves

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About Jessica Beacom

Jessica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Boulder, CO with her husband and two daughters. She’s been described as a ‘real food evangelist’ and loves sharing her knowledge with others to help them break free of the diet mentality and find their own food freedom. In her spare time, she enjoys CrossFit, telemark skiing, mountain biking, and camping out under the stars.

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