instant pot corn on the cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob – (in just 3 mins)

Instant pot corn on the cob is an easier & hassle-free recipe, than ever!

If you’re looking for a dump ‘n’ go recipe…

If you’d want to avoid any mess

If you want the corn on the cob to be cooked just perfectly every time…

Then you are at the right place!

Now, let’s learn how to cook corn on the cob in an instant pot with step-by-step instructions.

What is Instant Pot Corn on the Cob?

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is where an ear of corn is cooked as a whole (along with the stick). It is not made into pellets.

It can also be cooked in different ways, such as: roasted, grilled, barbequed, or microwaved them.

Also, this way of cooking corn in an instant pot makes the corn cook perfectly throughout, every time.

This is by far most healthiest way to cook the corn as a whole, as it involves just pressure cooking/steaming, and no oil is needed.

No more babysitting requiredA big sigh of relief, isn’t it?

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob is the quickest, simple, grab & go snack loved by kids and adults.

Detailed Recipe: Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Husk the corn completely, so there are no tassels or hair-like parts in the corn.

Wash them completely. You may wish to put them as a whole into the instant pot or cut or break them into desired-sized pieces.

Apply salt to the wet/damp corn on the cob, thoroughly all over the cob.

Add water to the inner pot. Slightly below the level of the trivet.

Now, place the corn over the trivet. You can dump one over the other or arrange them like pillars too. Place them inside the instant pot and close the lid.

Instant Pot (IP) settings: Select PRESSURE COOK – HIGH PRESSURE (HP) – Set time to 3 minutes

Ensure the steam knob is in the sealing position.

Sit back and wait for the cooking process to be over. After 3 minutes, allow it for a natural release (until the floating valve goes down).

Once the natural release is completed, open the lid and remove the corn.

You can eat them as it is or may wish to apply a little butter/red chilly powder/ lemon juice or any other flavors of your choice.

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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob – (in just 3 mins)

Recipe by JayashriCourse: Snacks, Quick bitesDifficulty: Easy


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Instant pot corn on the cob is a go-to easy recipe for all those who don’t want to spend much time on cooking, yet want to eat some juicy & tender corn.


  • 2 Corn on the cob (cut into pieces)

  • 1/2 tsp Salt (to rub on the washed corn)

  • 1/2 lemon (cut piece)

  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilly powder (to sprinkle)

  • 1 cube butter


  • Remove the husk of the corn.
  • Wash it well with water.
  • Break them into the desired length of pieces.
  • Apply salt all over the corn.
  • Place them on the trivet.
  • Add 1 cup water to the inner pot. Now, place the trivet inside.
  • Close the lid. Put the knob in the sealing position.
  • Set the pressure to high for 3 minutes and wait for the corn on the cob to cook.
  • Once the cooking time is over, allow it for a natural release.
  • Once the float valve is down, open the lid and remove the corn.
  • Now, you may apply butter or red chilly powder, or lemon, according to your preference.

How much time does the Instant Pot take to cook Corn on the Cob?

The Instant Pot takes a maximum of 5 minutes of time, at medium pressure, to cook the corn completely.

How long do you pressure cook the corn on the cob?

The time taken to cook Corn on the cob completely depends on whether you choose to cook it on a stovetop or in an instant pot.

  • The instant pot takes about 3 to 5 minutes to pressure cook the corn.
  • Whereas, on a stovetop using a pressure cooker, it takes about 7 to 10 minutes.

What is the difference between cooking Corn on the Cob in an Instant Pot vs Stovetop (using a pressure cooker)?

Instant Pot Corn on the CobStovetop Corn on the Cob
Cooks the corn perfectly in less timeIt cooks the corn well but takes a little more time comparatively.
Dump the corn, set timer & wait until done/turns off automatically; wait until pressure releases naturallyDump the corn, turn on the flame, check the time manually on the clock, count the number of whistles, turn off the flame manually, and wait until pressure releases naturally
No babysitting requiredBabysitting required
Mess-free cookingMight get messy at times when the water comes out through the whistle
all the above-mentioned points are based on my experience only

How to cook Corn on the Cob in an Instant Pot without Trivet?

You may choose to use the following if you do not have a trivet:

  • a steamer basket,
  • small-sized colander, or
  • a small vessel, to place the corn in an instant pot.

Or, you may directly pressure cook the corn in an instant pot by following the below steps:

  • Husk the corn completely.
  • Pour water into the inner pot of an instant pot (make sure the corn is submerged in the water about 75% or completely.
  • Place the corn cob flat in the pot.
  • You can either place it as a whole or break them into halves or of desired sizes.
  • Pressure cook for 3 to 4 mins.

Scroll down further for the detailed recipe.

Can we cook Instant pot Corn on the Cob with milk?

Yes, we can cook corn with milk.

When corn is cooked in milk, it brings out the sweetness of the corn (provided it is sweet corn).

Some people even add a little sugar to the milk/water, to make the corn taste even sweeter.

Rather, I personally prefer cooking/steaming it with water.

Can we cook Corn on the Cob with Husk in an Instant Pot?

Yes, the corn can be cooked with the husk in an instant pot. Cooking the corn in this method keeps the natural flavors of the corn intact.

Also, it helps in cooking the corn faster by trapping the steam between the corn and the husk. Thereby, keeping the corn kernels soft, tender, and juicy.

How to cook/store Corn on the Cob frozen in an instant pot?

The corn can be frozen with the cob, cut into halves or small pieces, or as pellets and can be frozen before cooking it or after cooking.

The frozen corn needs to be thawed well before you cook it (if raw) or reheat it (if cooked already).

What is Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Butter?

Steamed corn in an instant pot, with some butter topping as garnish.

Once you finish cooking the corn on the cob in an instant pot, you simply have to run a cube of butter over the hot corn cob. Make sure you apply well on all the kernels.

You can also apply melted butter instead of cubed butter, along with a small amount of finely chopped coriander leaves (optional).

What is Instant Pot Corn on the Cob 6 ears?

The ears in corn denote the spiked part of a corn plant. each of these ears in a corn plant is said to be covered or wrapped up with the husk (the green leafy part of the corn).

At a time, an Instant Pot can cook up to 6 ears of corn (provided it is a 6-quart instant pot). Where the corn can be placed as a whole or cut into pieces.

What is Instant Pot Corn on the Cob in foil?

The Corn (with its cob) is sometimes cooked by wrapping it in aluminium foil. This ensures the corn is hot and juicy for a while after cooking.

Also, it is used while grilling the corn cob in a BBQ in order to quicken the cooking process.

Using aluminium foil is not very necessary, it can be skipped. [I don’t prefer using it either]

How to steam Corn on the Cob in an instant pot?

Using the ‘STEAM’ setting in an instant pot, the corn can be cooked in about 10-15 minutes.

How long do you cook sweet corn in a pressure cooker?

A pressure cooker takes about 8-10 minutes to cook sweet corn. Or, around 2 to 3 whistles on medium flame.

Normal/regular corn (having dark yellow kernels) takes about 2 to 3 minutes more to cook when compared to sweet corn, as their kernels are slightly harder.

How to choose/buy the right corn on the cob?

  • Husk: The green leafy part of the corn is called the husk. Corn that has bright green and tightly wrapped husks are the fresh ones. Also, choose the ones that have slightly damp husks and avoid those that are dry and have brown holes in them.
  • Tassels: The hair-like thing that sticks to the top of the corn is called the tassel. These are usually brown or black. Choose the corn that has a damp/wet or brown tassel, as they are said to be fresh. Those corn on the cob that has black tassels is older ones with tougher & dry kernels.

How to store corn on the cob?

Once you are done with choosing/buying the right corn from the supermarket or directly from the farm, let’s see how we can store them in the right way so as to keep them fresh until we eat them!

  • For uncooked corn: wrap them in a bag or cling wrap or plastic cover (with the husks on) and refrigerate. You may keep it for up to 4-5 days, after which you see that the corn kernels start shrinking.
  • For cooked corn: the cooked/steamed corn can be refrigerated by removing the husks and placing them in a ziplock bag. Make sure to release all the air from the bag so as to allow it to stay fresh for up to a week.

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