Instant Pot Corn on the cob takes just minutes! Learn how to cook sweet juicy corn on the cob in your pressure cooker. No need to get a steamer basket or special accessories either! Just follow this easy step-by-step guide!
Next time try Mexican Street Corn Casserole Recipe - it's so yummy and easy to make!
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ This will be your favorite way to make sweet summer corn on the cob, perfect corn every time!
Hot, steamed corn. Melty butter, do vegetables get any better than this?
Only two simple ingredients! For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- fresh corn on the cob
Instant pot instructions
This is an overview of the instructions. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- start by shucking the corn and removing all of the corn silk.
- add the steam rack to the bottom of the pot.
- pour in two cups of water.
- Place up to six individual ears of corn cobs on top of the trivet in rows of three in a criss-cross pattern (see below).
- close and lock the electric pressure cooker.
- set on steam, high pressure and set the timer for two minutes.
- quick release at the end, enjoy the perfectly cooked corn!
Stove top instructions
- Bring a large stock pot of water to boil on the stove top.
- Add the ears of corn.
- Boil corn for ten minutes.
Grilling corn on the cob
- Shuck the corn and remove all of the silk.
- Place the corn on a large piece of aluminum foil. Dot with butter and drizzle a little water on top.
- Wrap the ears in foil and place them right on the grill. Turn the foil packet occasionally. Grill until tender, 15-20 minutes.
Grilled corn with husk
- Another method is to soak the corn - husk, silk and all for about 30 minutes then place them directly on the hot grill.
- Grill until tender, turning ever 3-5 minutes to avoid burning the corn. This will also help the corn cook evenly. It will take 15-20 minutes.
- or... shuck the corn, soak in water and place it directly on the grill turning often. This will get you great char on the corn, just watch it carefully as it can easily burn.
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Yes, pressure-cooking corn on the cob is an excellent way to steam corn.
It only takes two minutes to cook corn on the cob in the instant pot.
That will depend on the size of your pressure cooker. My Instant Pot is a six quart and will easily fit six ears of corn.
Absolutely, you steam frozen corn in the instant pot! Set the time to 4 minutes and cook on manual, high pressure. Quick release at the end.
Things to know
The Instant Pot is a perfect way to cook corn on the cob!
I've cooked as many as 6 ears of corn at a time and as few as two. There is no difference in the steps or cooking time.
This method works for up to six ears of corn. (I would have cooked more just to check it out, but six ears is all I can fit in my Instant Pot).
Refrigerate - If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Freezer - Leftover corn can be frozen. Store in a freezer-safe bag. Freeze up to 60 days. You can also remove the corn kernels from the cob. So tasty, it's the perfect side dish!
Turn this into Mexican sweet corn by adding a little butter and sprinkling the corn with cotija cheese, sour cream, and diced cilantro or toppings of your choice.
Use this to make Corn Salad - so delicious!
I have several soups with corn on the blog and I'd love for you to try them!
- Turkey Chowder with Corn
- Easy Taco Soup
- Creamy Corn Chowder
- Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup
- 30 Minute Potato Corn Chowder
More of our favorite instant pot recipes
- Pressure Cooker Baby Back Ribs - super tender every time!
- Southern Style Instant Pot Green Beans - these are super yummy and loaded with bacon!
- Pressure Cooker Baked Potatoes - fluffy baked potatoes, what could be better than that?!!
Sweet corn and bbq go together like peas and carrot's wouldn't you agree? So let's serve up an amazing meal!
- Start with this BBQ Tri Tip Recipe or Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken - yum!
- Be sure to make a big bowl of Mom's recipe for Deviled Egg Potato Salad, my personal favorite!
- Finish the meal with this light Mexican Fruit Salad - so delicious and so fresh!
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Easy Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- 6 ears of corn
- 2 cups water
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- Shucking the corn and be sure to remove all of the silk.
- Place the stainless steel pot in the pressure cooker, add the steam rack/trivet to the bottom of the vessel.
- Pour in two cups of water. Add the corn in rows of three in a criss-cross pattern.
- Close and lock the pressure cooker, set on steam and set the timer for two minutes.
- When the time is up, turn off the pressure cooker and do a quick release.
- Use tongs to remove the corn. Serve and enjoy!
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Step-by-step instructions to make sweet corn in the pressure cooker. You'll love how easy this recipe is!
You know what time of year it is don't you? Yup! If you've been following the blog, you know that Fresno State starts selling sweet corn, right about now! Usually I do a live feed from Gibson Market, but not this year because... I had eye surgery that day.
I've been whining about that for a while, right? Seriously I'm so over the whole eye thing! 😀
If you haven't heard this story before then let me share just a bit! The Fresno State Ag Department is known for their sweet corn. People drive from San Francisco down to Fresno and from as far south as Los Angeles to stand in line for hours to be the first to get corn on the cob.
Yes, you read that right, hours!
The most I've stood in line has been 3 hours. That was the first year I moved to Fresno. I remember thinking I'm sure Dan is joking, it can't be that bad right?
So I sauntered out there about 8:30 and ended up not getting into the market until almost noon!
Met some nice people, so that was great. I stuck it out just to see what all the fuss was about.
And I've been back ever since! Waiting in line is totally worth it!
So though I didn't get the first ears this year, we are still feasting on corn. It's that sweet and that good!
Summer in Fresno is HOT! We've topped triple digits several times just in the last week. We're rounding out June, with the heat of the summer coming on in full force the last thing I want to do is boil water on the stove.
First published: June 6, 2018, Last updated May 19, 2022, improving instructions and readability.
I fixed my corn in the IP this evening and it was wonderful and so easy. Now this is going to be how I always do it.
Making corn on the cob in an instant pot is a brilliant idea! I'll have to give it a try!
I just love the Instant Pot, and I this is another awesome way that I have never thought to to use it! I haven't tried the steam function on it yet, so this will be my first try with it! I love corn on the cob, can't wait for this one!
Our house gets so hot during the summers I hate boiling the water but we love corn on the cob! The instant pot method is such a heat saver! Great idea!~
Bowl Me Over
Same here Michele, the temps have been in the 100's for the past week. It's nice to be able to enjoy some great sweet corn without feeling guilty with all the steam. Might seem like a little thing but when the weather is so hot it can really change how you do things. Thank you!
Ok, next time you stand in line pick me up some and my three hour drive to Fresno will be a wash...kind of 😉 It sure doesn't get any easier when you use an Instant Pot to cook corn! Delicious and super easy!
Bowl Me Over
Haha! Good news is, only the first few days is there a terrible line! Now I'm breezing in & out grabbing these golden bites!
Corn is my kids favorite veg, but it takes awhile to cook- but this recipe is a perfect solution!!!! Thank you!!!
Bowl Me Over
I love my Instant Pot Liza, if you don't have one they really are worth the investment!
Corn is so gloriously and insanely sweet when freshly harvested, we are fortunate to be surrounded by thousands of hectares of the stuff. Picked straight from the plant it is just magic!
Bowl Me Over
I agree, picked fresh is the BEST way to enjoy sweet corn!
Wow, 3 hours for corn on the cob?! I do love me some good corn on the cob so I may have to take a trip to Fresno!
Bowl Me Over
Yup! I know you're thinking.... what the heck? It better be good right?!!! 😀 Yes - this corn is definitely worth a road trip!
I'm obsessed with the Instant Pot!!! Love this idea!
Bowl Me Over
Thank you Tisha, I hope you give it a try!
I absolutely love corn and I have to agree that you don't want to cook anything in the middle of summer. This is another great reason to get an Insta-Pot.
Bowl Me Over
Yes!! You definitely need to get one, I have so enjoyed this piece of equipment!
I love corn on the cob! Your post is really making me hungry. Enjoy the season!
Bowl Me Over
Thank you Tina!!