Learn how to cook sweet juicy corn on the cob ready in minutes! No need to get a steamer basket or special accessories either. Follow this easy step-by-step guide and you’ll be making Instant Pot Corn on the Cob without heating up your whole house!
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 n 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.
The Instant Pot is a perfect way to cook corn on the cob!
How long does it take to cook Instant Pot Corn on the Cob?
Only two minutes set on steam with a quick release at the end.
How many ears of corn can you cook at a time in your pressure cooker?
That will depend on the size of your pressure cooker. My Instant Pot is a six quart and easily fit six ears of corn.
Steps to make Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- start by shucking the corn and removing all of the silk.
- add the steam rack to the bottom of the stainless steel pot
- pour in two cups of water
- add the corn in rows of three in a criss-cross pattern (see below)
- close and lock the pressure cooker
- set on steam and set the timer for two minutes
- quick release at the end
If you look on the right side of the picture above you can see the bottom layer just peaking out. I’ve found if you cross-cross the corn you can fit more in this way. Additionally the air vents more freely and all of the corn cooks evenly.
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 time for cooking. 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.
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How do you cook corn on the stove?
- If you don’t have a pressure cooker, that’s not a problem. You can boil the corn on the stove. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove top. Add the ears of corn and boil for ten minutes.
How do you cook corn on the cob on the grill?
- After shucking the corn and removing 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I haven’t tried this method, but there are many pressure cooker corn on the cob recipes that add milk and butter like this recipe for Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Corn on the Cob with Milk. Adding butter and milk helps infuse the corn with additional flavor!
Sweet corn is the perfect summer treat, wouldn’t you agree?
And just because I love sweet corn SO MUCH, I want to share with you more of my favorite recipes for corn on the cob!
- Mexican Sweet Corn – think sweet corn gets all doll’d up! 😀
- Fresh Chili Lime Sweet Corn – perfect for your next barbecue!
- Grilled Mexican Corn – corn grilled to perfection and tossed in cilantro, butter and lime!
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What’s your favorite method to cook corn on the cob? Be sure to comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- 6 ears of corn
- 2 cups water
- 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 perform a quick release.