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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is the only way you’ll make these delicious summer staples! You can make corn on the cob in the husk, or shucked (peeled) in just a couple of minutes.

Instant Pot and Corn on the Cob

How to Pick Corn on the Cob

When I buy fresh corn on the cob at the store, this is what I look for:

  • Fresh white and green husks
  • No openings in the husk, exposing the corn kernels
  • No black spots (mold)
  • Slightly damp feeling (this meals the corn is fresh and not old and dry)
  • No obvious bugs, mold, gashes, or soft spots

Sometimes the corn on the cob has silk popping out of the top which can get soggy. I prefer to find ears of corn that have as little of the silk popping out as possible, and definitely none that has mold or dirt in it.

How to Prepare Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot and Corn on the Cob
Instant Pot and Corn on the Cob

You can cook corn on the cob in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker with the husk on or off. You can fit more ears of corn into your pot when they are shucked (peeled).

Cooking corn on the cob with the husk on can infuse the corn with a little more flavor, and will keep the corn warm longer after it is removed from the Instant Pot.

Tip: If you leave the husk on and cut off the bottom of the corn cob, the corn on the cob will easily slide right out after pressure cooking, no shucking required!

Preparing Corn on the Cob with the Husk on

  • Remove any soggy or damaged leaves
  • Give the corn a quick rinse to ensure there aren’t any hidden critters
  • Cut any large protrusions off the end
  • Cut or pull off any silk at the top of the corn
  • Break or cut the ears of corn in half, if desired

Preparing Shucked Corn on the Cob

GloriAnn's Corn on the Cob
GloriAnn’s Corn on the Cob
  • Remove the leaves by pulling them firmly back and exposing the corn.
  • I like pulling them all towards the base first, and then breaking the whole bottom base off to remove all of the husks at once.
  • Remove all silk from the corn
  • Break or cut the ears of corn in half, if desired
corn on the cob next to the instant pot

How to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

  • Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • Place the metal trivet or rack in the pot
  • Stack the corn so they fit in the pot best, or place them pointing up (if the lid can still fit)
  • Alternatively, stack the corn on the cob in a steamer basket
  • Lock the lid, turn the knob to SEALING
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes
  • When the Instant Pot has completed pressure cooking and the display shows L0:00, perform a quick release by turning the sealing knob to VENTING
  • NOTE: If you leave corn on the cob in the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for too long, it can overcook and have the flavor and texture of canned corn. Avoid this by doing a quick release, then turning off the “keep warm” mode on the Instant Pot. You can return the lid, and the residual heat will keep the corn warm without overcooking it.
  • Remove the lid, and remove the corn cobs to a serving platter or

Corn on the Cob Dishes

Corn on the Cob dishes are super handy to have, because they nestle the corn perfectly. No more corn on the cob rolling around on your plate!

We got these for our wedding 7 years ago, and we love using them to hold our corn on the cob! But seriously, HOW CUTE ARE THESE!?!?

Corn on the Cob Holders

corn on the cob holders

We also have these corn on the cob holders that are little spears that poke into either side of corn cob for easy holding. It helps keep your fingers clean and safe from hot corn on the cob!

Corn on the cob stripper

corn on the cob stripper on a red cutting board

I use this corn on the cob stripper to easily take the kernels of corn off the cob- it’s AMAZING! I use it to make my black bean corn salsa that I made on KSL’s Studio 5.

fresh corn salsa

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob Seasoning

We’re really simple when it comes to seasoning our corn on the cob. We love using the BEST salt ever, pepper, and butter.

Here are a couple ideas of ways you can season corn on the cob:

  • Use a compound butter by combining softened butter with citrus juice, cheese, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper
  • Season with a premade butter like Chef Shamy butters
  • Use a seasoning mix that you’d use on meats or in cooking for different flavors

Summer Foods and Instant Pot Vegetable Side Dishes

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corn on the cob in a steamer basket

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob makes fresh corn in minutes without boiling a huge pot of water! Pressure Cooking lets you enjoy this quick summer staple super easily.

Ingredients

  • 6 Ears of fresh or frozen corn on the cob (or, however many you want to make and can fit in the Instant Pot).
  • 1 Cup water
  • Butter, Salt, Pepper, Seasoning to taste, if desired.

Instructions

  1. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  2. Place the metal trivet or rack in the pot
  3. Stack the corn so they fit in the pot best, or place them pointing up (if the lid can still fit)
  4. Alternatively, stack the corn on the cob in a steamer basket
  5. Lock the lid, turn the knob to SEALING
  6. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes
  7. When the Instant Pot has completed pressure cooking and the display shows L0:00, perform a quick release by turning the sealing knob to VENTING
  8. Remove the lid, and remove the corn cobs to a serving platter or corn on the cob dishes

Notes

  • If you leave corn on the cob in the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for too long, it can overcook and have the flavor and texture of canned corn. Avoid this by doing a quick release, then turning off the "keep warm" mode on the Instant Pot. You can return the lid, and the residual heat will keep the corn warm without overcooking it.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 1.4gSaturated Fat: .3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 6.4gProtein: 3.3g

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    Dana Morgan

    Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

    I love IP corn - it's so juicy! But do you ever has issues with the corn shriveling up after it comes out of the IP and sits for a little bit? I've noticed it's perfect when I take it out but the extra ears that aren't eaten right away seem to shrivel and the kernels shrink up a bit. I do my for 4-5 minutes and quick release.

    Lisa Childs

    Monday 29th of July 2019

    Hi Dana! I think that the shriveling comes from residual cooking. I haven't really experienced this too much myself but If you want to avoid this from happening, plunk your extra ears of corn in an ice bath to stop the cooking process immediately after you get them out. This will preserve the color as well! Good luck! - Lisa

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