Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

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One of the easiest and most reliable ways to cook Corn on the Cob is in the Instant Pot. You might think this sounds strange, but believe me when I say it turns out perfect every time.

You might also want to try this easy Instant Pot Asparagus and Instant Pot Potato Salad.

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The thing about the pressure cooker is that it has to come up to pressure and release the pressure at the end, so it can take quite a while to cook something from start to finish. That’s why I think people avoid making things like corn on the cob and asparagus in the Instant Pot. But once you try it, you’ll see that’s not a worry at all.

If you use hot water in the instant Pot with your corn on the cob, it will heat up to pressure in about 3 minutes. Then you cook the corn for 2 minutes and when it’s done, you manually release the pressure. This in total takes only about 7 minutes.

In contrast, you would cook corn on the cob in boiling water on the stove top for about 10 minutes or on the grill for 15-20 minutes.

Ingredients for Corn on the Cob

unshucked corn

There’s not much that you need for this recipe.

  • Corn on the cob
  • Water

The most important thing is that you choose great corn. You want to find corn that is firm and fresh, with no kernels that are shrivelled or dark.

You can check the corn by peeling back a little bit of the husk at the top to check the tip of the corn. If it’s mostly bare at the top, or the kernels are dry-looking or dark, pick another cob.

Before putting the corn in the Instant Pot, you need to shuck it and take all the corn silk off. You can cut it into halves or thirds if you prefer smaller pieces.

Toppings For Corn

dressed corn on the cob

You might want to toppings to your corn on the cob. I usually just butter it while it’s still hot, then sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.

You could also dress them up with toppings, if you want. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Shredded parmesan cheese or feta
  • Mayo & paprika (+parmesan cheese)
  • Cajun seasoning
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Homemade Pesto
  • Cilantro

How Many Cobs Can I Cook at Once?

You can add as many cobs of corn as you need to the Instant Pot, as long as you don’t exceed the fill line on the pot. That’s usually about 8 cobs at a time, depending if you have a 5 or 8-quart pot. You can stack them up in the inner pot on top of each other, however they fit.

How to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

To make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob, follow these easy instructions:

  1. Place the trivet inside the Inner Pot.
  2. Pour in the water.
  3. Add the corn on top of the trivet. You can stack as many as you like, up to the fill line.
  4. Press the Pressure Cook button and set the time to 2 minutes.
  5. When the time is up, do a quick pressure release.
  6. Enjoy!
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What to Serve With Corn on the Cob

I think corn goes with anything. It’s the perfect side dish for pulled pork, BBQ ribs, or any of these delicious chicken dishes.

You could also try one of these dishes, made in the Instant Pot, to go with your corn.

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.


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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob is ready in just 7 minutes and it's cooked to perfection, with juicy plump kernels.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.82 from 33 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Pressurizing Time 3 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 77 kcal


  • 2 ears corn on the cob (cook as many as you like up to the fill line)
  • 1 cup water
  • salt, pepper, butter for garnish


  • Place the trivet inside the inner pot. Pour in the water. Hot water will bring the pressure up faster.
  • Place the corn on the trivet. You can stack the corn to fit more pieces.
  • Press the Pressure Cook button and set the time to 2 minutes. When the time is up, do a quick release of the pressure.


  • You can make as many ears of corn as you can fit in the Instant Pot up to the fill line.
  • You don’t need any additional water in the pot even if you add more pieces of corn.
  • If you have an 8-quart pot, use 1 1/2 cups of water.


Calories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 243mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 168IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Corn
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