Cooking corn on the cob in the Instant Pot is a great way to include this summer-time staple when stores, gardens, and U-picks are overflowing with fresh and local produce.
Instant pot corn is an easy way to cook corn-on-the-cob without watching the pot or tending to a grill. Whether you decide to add extras in advance like cream, butter, and salt, OR season it your preferred way after cooking, using a pressure cooker
Serve your Instant Pot corn on the cob with these Instant Pot main dishes for a complete meal in no time. Enjoy all the tastes of summer with these amazing instant pot country style ribs, these super simply instant pot bratwurst, and instant pot steamed broccoli.
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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
There is something about corn on the cob that just screams “summer” to me, so while we typically follow a low-carb approach to our meals, our household does enjoy this fresh taste from time to time.
We tend to vary how we serve it though since we don’t eat it often (see tips below!). Corn on the cob is a quick and easy side dish. And since often it’s just my husband and me for dinner as our kids are grown and gone, so this works perfectly for just the two of us. When the kids are home, I just toss more corn in the Instant Pot.
Why This Recipe Works
- Start with your basic corn on the cob, and serve with butter, salt, and pepper.
- Cooking instant pot corn is super fast and easy, no need to keep an eye on a boiling pot of water
- By cooking with heavy cream, the corn has an extra creamy and buttery taste when compared to just cooking the corn in water.
Ingredients for Corn in Instant Pot
This recipe does work best with fresh corn. Remove the husks and silk and give it a quick rinse. However, if fresh corn on the cob is not available frozen will work – simply thaw it before cooking.
- 4 ears of corn, with the husks removed
- 1 cup of cold water
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
NOTE: If you don’t want to make instant pot corn on the cob with milk and butter, it’s totally fine to just cook it in your instant pot with only water.
Or you can make the sauce in our Mexican corn on the cob (Elote recipe) if you want to do something extra special! Your family will thank you! 😉
How to Make Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob
Cooking your corn on the cob in your Instant Pot is easier than you think! Prep your corn by removing the husks and silk and rinse with water. If you have larger ears of corn, cut or break them in half.
Insert the instant pot rack into your instant pot. Place your corn on the rack and add 1 cup of water.
***Note: You always need to use one cup of liquid for an instant pot recipe. If there isn’t enough liquid, your Instant Pot will not be able to bring the food to pressure and cook properly.
Dot each ear of corn (or half ear) with butter and then slowly pour the heavy whipping cream over the top of the corn.
Set your instant pot to Pressure Cook (or Manual depending on your pressure cooker model) for two minutes. It will take about 7 to 8 minutes to come to pressure.
Allow your Instant Pot to cook the corn.
No need to do a slow release for this recipe! Once the corn has cooked for 2 minutes, instantly turn your pressure cooker to quick release and turn off your instant pot. (Watch your hands when the steam releases!)
Once the pressure cooker valve has dropped, you can open the lid.
Serve and enjoy! Serves 4.
Pressure Cooker Corn Recipe Tips
This recipe is pretty basic but if you are looking to kick your pressure cooker corn up a notch, or simply in the mood to try something different, check out this list of optional cooking and topping ideas!
Optional Cooking Ideas
- Use chicken broth instead of water.
- Season your water with salt, pepper, parsley, and/or paprika.
Optional Topping Ideas
- Salt and butter
- Combine chili and lime with soften butter and coat cooked corn
- Add cheese (parmesan is a family favorite around here!)
- Experiment with spices such as garlic and onion powder or herbs such as parsley, basil, and cilantro.
- Make Mexican street corn
Can I use less corn?
If you’re now like us (new empty nesters) and just have a household of one or two, you might not want four ears of corn!
It’s perfectly fine just to add one or 2 cobs of corn. This does not change the time on the recipe, I will still take about the same in on time to come to pressure still cook it for two minutes on pressure cook high.
Other Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love
- Instant pot country style ribs
- Instant pot bratwurst
- Instant pot Mexican shredded chicken
- Instant pot cabbage and bacon
- Instant pot broccoli
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- 4 ears of corn, with husks removed
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces
- Insert the instant pot rack inside of the instant pot corn on the rack. Add 1 cup of water.
- If you have smaller ears of corn you may be able to fit them directly into the pot, otherwise, break them in half.
- Dot each ear of corn or half ear, with butter and then slowly pour the heavy whipping cream over the top of the corn.
- Set your instant pot to Pressure Cook (or Manual depending on your pressure cooker model) for two minutes. It will take about 7 to 8 minutes to come to pressure.
- No need to do a slow release for this recipe! Once the corn has cooked for 2 minutes, instantly turn your pressure cooker to quick release and turn off your instant pot.
- Once the pressure cooker valve has dropped, you can open the lid. Serves 4, enjoy!
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