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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

This Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe produces the sweetest, tender and juicy corn in minutes! Instant pot corn kernels are perfectly cooked and burst in your mouth with wonderful flavor.

Corn is at its peak of freshness and we can’t stop thinking about Corn Chowder and how fresh corn takes the Corn Salad and Salmon Cobb Salad to the next level.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob in a bowl garnished with butter and pepper

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob:

Instant Pot Corn on the cob is a favorite with our kiddos. Make a batch and you’ll taste and feel the difference of pressure-cooked corn. My only complaint is I’ve never seen corn on the cob disappear so fast!

We love corn on the cob and having a variety of cooking methods like easy boiled corn, or grilled corn on the cob is smart when other appliances are being used. This corn on the cob instant pot method might become your new favorite!

Up close Corn on the cob cooked in instant pot

How to Choose Sweet Corn on the Cob:

It’s so tempting to pull back the husk at the grocery store to take a peek at your corn. Taking a look is the most reliable way to check but most grocery stores have that little sign that says “do not shuck corn.” This is because once it gets shucked, it will quickly become shriveled, ugly and starchy. It’s also not sanitary.

Here are some reliable ways to select corn on the cob without getting ugly stares at the grocery store:

  • Feel the Corn through the husk. The kernels should feel evenly firm and plump without gaps or holes.
  • The “Tassels” or Silk threads at the top should be brown and sticky to the touch. If tassels are black or dry, the corn is old.
  • The Husk or leaves should be tightly wrapped around the corn and bright green in color. Dry, brown or loose husk indicates old cobs. Avoid cobs with brown holes, especially towards the top which can indicate worms.

How to choose sweet corn on the cob with fresh corn, milk, cream, sugar and butter

How to Make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob:

If you’ve never tried cooking corn in milk or cream, you are in for a treat! It enhances the natural sweetness of the corn and makes it extra juicy.

  1. Peel and break your corn ears in half.
  2. Plug in the instant pot and add water, cream, sugar and melted butter to the inner cooking pot, stirring to combine.
  3. Place the corn in rings standing up to fit more. The liquid will not cover the ears completely.
  4. Cover, seal the vent and set on manual high pressure for 5 minutes then quick release the steam completely before opening lid.
  5. Remove the corn with tongs and rest 5 minutes before serving. The corn will be delicious on its own but you can garnish with additional butter or seasoning if desired.

How to make instant pot corn on the cob with milk, butter and corn on the cob in instant pot

Tips for Using an Instant Pot:

The instant pot is an amazing time-saving tool when used correctly and safely. If this is your first time using the instant pot, be sure to follow the package instructions and run the recommended water test so you know how to safely use one before attempting a recipe.

  • Plug in your instant pot and keep the inner cooking pot inside the pot while adding ingredients.
  • Do not overfill the instant pot.
  • For safety, wear an oven mitt to switch the valve to the “vent” for steam release and stay clear of the hot steam.
  • Do not open the instant pot until the pressure has fully released and the pressure indicator has dropped back into resting position. Remember: if the pressure indicator is raised, there is pressure behind it. 

How to use an instant pot to cook corn on the cob

More Genius Recipes for Your Instant Pot:

If you love instant pot cooking, or even if you’re new to cooking in the instant pot, here is a great list of recipes to start with. These are our favorite ways to use the instant pot for quicker and even better results than using the stovetop or a slow cooker.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Instant pot cooked corn on the cob in a bowl
This Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe produces the sweetest, tender and juicy corn in minutes! Instant pot corn kernels are perfectly cooked and burst in your mouth with wonderful flavor.
Author: natashaskitchen
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$5 (varies by season)
Keyword: instant pot corn on the cob
Calories: 204 kcal
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 6 Ears Corn on the Cob (can use 4 to 6 ears), shucked and halved
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (or 1 cup half and half*)
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter

Instructions

  1. Peel and break your corn ears in half.
  2. Plug in the instant pot and add water, cream, sugar and melted butter to the inner cooking pot, stirring to combine.
  3. Place the corn in rings standing up to fit more. The liquid will not cover the ears completely.
  4. Cover, seal the vent and set on manual high pressure for 5 minutes then quick release the steam completely before opening lid. 

  5. Remove the corn with tongs and rest 5 minutes before serving. The corn will be delicious on its own but you can garnish with additional butter or seasoning if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If using 1 cup half and half, use 3 1/2 cups water. the recipe should have 4 1/2 cups total liquid. 

**Note that most of the liquid, cream, butter and sugar stay in the pot and there is not a simple way to reflect that in the nutrition label. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 80mg3%
Potassium 258mg7%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 637IU13%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Janet
    August 24, 2019

    This looks so good. The size of the instant pot must be 6 quart. I have a 3 quart. Can I cut all the liquids by half? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 24, 2019

      Hi Janet, I haven’t tested that in a 3 quart to advise. I recommend checking the maximum water requirements for you instant pot. Reply

  • daisy parker
    August 22, 2019

    Oh look delicious. i must try it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 23, 2019

      It is sooo good! I hope you love it. Reply

  • Margret
    August 21, 2019

    When you did the quick release, did you have any problem with the milky water being ‘steam’ released? I had another recipe that had me do the same step and I had milky steam droplets that were released Reply

    • Natasha
      August 21, 2019

      Hi Margret, I have not noticed that being an issue. I’m just seeing steam when I release the valve. I wonder if the recipe you used had more liquid/ was overfilled or possibly the butter prevents that from happening? Reply

      • Margret
        August 22, 2019

        Thank you, Natasha!
        I followed the recipe but the milk wasn’t thinned and I wonder if that might be the issue. I look forward to trying this! Reply

  • Barry Bessinger
    August 21, 2019

    Check out corn on the cob in your microwave on YouTube. No shucking and 4 minutes to cook. Perfect every time. Reply

  • Jen
    August 21, 2019

    I made these for our BBQ and they were such a hit. So easy to set up the IP outside next to the grill and I never had to miss any of the party. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Jen! Reply

  • Lori
    August 21, 2019

    Can I use 2 ears of corn with this recipe? Reply

  • Emily
    August 21, 2019

    My kids LOVE corn on the cob. I can’t wait to try this in my pressure cooker! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2019

      I hope they love this recipe!! Reply

  • Taylor
    August 21, 2019

    The easiest way to make corn! Perfect every time! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2019

      Isn’t it amazing! Thank you for the great review, Taylor! Reply

  • Katie
    August 21, 2019

    LOVE using my instant pot for corn! Turns out great everytime! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2019

      It’s so quick, easy, and convenient! Reply

  • Billy
    August 21, 2019

    So easy to make in the instant pot and you’re right the best sweetest corn ever! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that awesome review with us Billy! Reply

  • Lena
    August 20, 2019

    Can I use unsalted butter? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 20, 2019

      Hi Lena, unsalted butter would work fine. You might add a pinch of salt to the pot to compensate. I hope you love the instant pot corn! Reply

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